When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out

by Mary Kubica


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ISBN-13: 9780778330783
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 30,205
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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When the Lights Go Out 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
At times it was rather boring...but it all fit together.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I loved The Good Girl but this book was a disappointment. Will still read more of her books.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Not much of a story. Very monotonous
Anonymous 17 days ago
Not what I was expecting from Ms. Kubica. The book was good, but not as suspensful as her others! A good way to spend an afternoon.
Anonymous 17 days ago
I received a netgalley of Mary Kubica's When the Lights Go Out, in exchange for an honest review. The book tells the story of two woman, Eden and Jessie. We slowly learned how their lives are entwined. One is running away from something and the other is desperate for answers. The ending is not what I expected but it is a good read.
Debi_2014andBeyond 3 months ago
The Booksparks Fall Reading Challenge 2018 (#FRC2018) is here.  Summer is coming to a close and BookSparks releasing their next reading challenge.  They pick 17 new Fall books, and they take readers on an adventure this season.  Today's book is another book in their challenge - When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica. Jessie mother, Eden dies from cancer and her whole world as she knows it falls apart.  Jessie is grieving the loss of her mother as she discovers that she doesn't really know who she is - literally. She learns that her social security number belongs to a dead girl. She's not sure why her mother worked so hard to keep Jessie's identity a secret, and she never even knew her father.  She starts putting together the clues she's able to find about her identity.  Jessie's insomnia results in her chronic sleeplessness, causing her mind to wander, her memory to fail and her emotions to explode all over the place.    Along with a story narrated by Jessie in the present time, readers are provided with a narrative from Eden in a journal from the 1990's, sharing her life with Aaron - their happy home and marriage, but also their inability to have children.  Their stories run separately throughout the book until they finally connect at the end. The author builds characters the main very well, and readers come to know Eden and Jessie and empathize with them as they moved through each of the issues they were individually facing. And the ending....... I honestly didn't see it coming. I'm glad I didn't read any reviews that were spoilers (and I'm not going to write one here).  I caught myself gasping out loud in a very quiet waiting room of a medical facility, causing folks in the room to look my way! I was so shocked though, I couldn't help myself. Overall, When the Lights Go Out was yet another page-turning and suspense-filled  novel from Mary Kubica - this one more on the domestic suspense side than thriller - but nonetheless well written and slow building until that final ending that I won't be forgetting very soon. I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy through Net Galley in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because this book was great! Thank you!
Sandy5 5 months ago
Nope, nada, this novel did not work for me. I have read Mary Kubica’s books in the past and I have enjoyed them but I didn’t enjoy this one. It was the ending that the upset me the most. The story is basically about a woman whose mother has just recently passed away. Jesse has had sleep issues since her mother’s hospitalization and these issues still remain. These sleep issues are now causing Jesse to hallucinate. Ready to begin her own life now, Jesse finds out that her identity is not really her own. Confused and frustrated because she has no one to talk to, Jesse tries to piece together her past to figure out what her real name is and who this “Jesse” really is. Enter in the story of Jesse’s mother. Through her journals, we read her tale of desperation to become a mother. Frustration, tests to become pregnant and failure all become part of the picture. Her mother ultimate goal was to be a mother. I felt ripped off as I finished this novel. It was like the author wrote “the end” before the final chapter. It was all good until the very end. I guess I should have read some reviews before reading this book, I would have skipped it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I was hooked until the middle of the book. The story line became too disjointed and muddled. It appeared to start with one story line, came up with confusion, and ended with a second story line.
beckymmoe 6 months ago
Hmmm. Well, okay...where to start? This one is going to be light on details, because there's not really a lot that can be given beyond the actual description without giving too much away. The book definitely kept my attention--even though the two main characters, Eden and Jessie, weren't my two most favorite characters ever (I liked Eden less and less as the book went on, and continuously wondered WTF Jessie was doing about 90% of what she did--it all seemed so crazy, though we eventually figure out why, at least) I kept going because I NEEDED to find out what the heck was going on. And then I did. Find out, that is. And...I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, things made a whole lot more sense once we find out the big "aha" reveal. On the other hand, it felt like a cheap trick...but not as much as the other "ahhhhh..." moment, which actually made me a bit upset when I went back and thought of all the ways Ms. Kubica clearly tried to steer us away from the truth along the way, some of which couldn't have been in there for any other reason than to mislead the reader. (view spoiler) So, good things: it kept me reading, and the dual narrators of the audiobook did a fantastic job. Not-so-good-things: I had less-than zero respect for Eden at the end of the book, and more than half of the storyline left me feeling cheated. Would I read more from this author? Maybe...but I'm not going to run out right away to do so. Rating: 3 stars / C
4840318 6 months ago
3 stars I’ve got to say, I have read other books by Kubica and really enjoyed them. But this one, not so much. And I know there is a lot of talk about the ending and the twist, but for me, that was the only thing that saved the book and garnered a 3 star rating. So let’s start with the ending, shall we? I LIKED it. That’s right folks; I am putting it out there. I liked the ending and I really thought the twist was genius. When it happened, I was literally like “holy sh_t, that was brilliant”. Unfortunately, that was the only thing I thought was brilliant. The book is told in alternating POV between Jessie and Eden. I really struggled reading the Jessie sections, it was the same thing over and over again. Jessie basically doing nothing all day, hearing voices, seeing things and not sleeping. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. I found myself skimming though much of this since it was all just the same thing over and over. I definitely enjoyed the Eden storyline more, at least there was a story and developed. However, I had a lot of trouble connecting with Eden. I thought she was immature and annoying. My parting thoughts are this. If I hadn’t read so many reviews that talked about this controversial ending, this likely would have been a DNF for me. But since I knew readers were up in arms about, I had to get to the end to see what all the hullabaloo was about. I was glad I did, because the ending ended up saving the book for me. I won’t; however, hold it against Ms. Kubica and I will continue to be on the lookout for anything and everything she writes. We all have bad days and we all deserve another chance. Finally, there are tons of reviews from readers who loved this book, so I encourage you to check it out for yourself. Thank you to Harlequin for my copy of this book via NetGalley
Anonymous 6 months ago
It was a good story, confusing at times. I don’t think it was a page turner. It was just ok for me.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book was really hard to put down. Mary Kubica had me unable to figure out where it would all end up even as I read the last 30 pages. A really good read.
toReadistoEscape 7 months ago
Not my favorite Mary Kubica book. I was excited to read this book because I loved Every Last Lie, Good Girl, and Pretty Baby written by Mary Kubica. The book started out great. It was very engaging and a unique storyline with interesting characters. About midway through I started to lose interest. Jessie’s battle with insomnia was too dramatic and drawn out for me. The book started to have a repetitious groundhog day feel to it. I didn’t like the ending. I don’t want to spoil it by saying what I didn’t like. Many of the reviews said they didn’t like the last twist and I think they are having a hard time explaining what they didn’t like without giving a spoiler. Let’s just say, if Mary Kubica turned this book into her High School English teacher she would have lost points for breaking one of the main rules in writing a short story. There were also a few loose ends in my opinion. When I finished the book I was questioning some of the things that had happened and don’t feel a conclusion was provided for it. I thought maybe I missed something and tried to look back to find my answers but wasn’t able to. This was an enjoyable read. However, I expected more from Mary Kubica. If you haven’t read her books before I highly suggest starting with one of the others mentioned above. They were much more consistent all the way through. I will still look forward to her next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Candice_S 7 months ago
Before I started this one, I saw some other reviews, and every single one was either a hard I loved it, or a hard I hated the end. It was completely polarizing, and that intrigued me even more. I am a long time Mary Kubica fan, and so I refused to seek out any spoilers or in depth reviews, and instead jumped in blind. And I loved it. This will be an unpopular opinion amongst some of by favorite bookish friends, but honestly I think this book is exceptionally well done. It is fast paced, its compelling, its completely unique and it is TENSE. I could barely stand to put this down between reading sessions, as I was dying to find out what had happened. Mary does an amazing job moving this story back and forth between Jessie Sloan's present, and her mother, Eden's past. Eden has just passed away, and Jessie is struggling tremendously - exacerbated by the fact that the college she has applied to has informed her that her social security number has raised a red flag, that she has no other family to turn to for answers, and that she is suffering from a severe bout of insomnia, leaving her uncertain of what she really knows. Eden's story is equally compelling as she moves through the early days of her marriage and her desperate struggle to have a baby - and every failure as she confronts her infertility. Both of these characters are wildly complex, frustrating, relatable and honest. You want to simultaneously reach out to hug them or throttle them, depending on the chapter. The way Mary wove together the two narratives builds on the tension of the story, until you are just as desperate as Jessie is for the truth. And the end is one I never, ever saw coming. Which is all I will say because a reader deserves to experience this one all on their own, without spoiler. I will say that I continue to LOVE Mary's work - I love that a writer can still take me on a ride, surprise me and make me gasp out loud. I would absolutely recommend this one for mystery lovers!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Thank you to net galley and The Publisher for this copy. 4.5 stars!! Wow Mary Kubica's writing has me hooked, with each book she has me wanting more and more. When the lights go out is no exception. The story told in alternatinntiag points of view of Jessie and her mother Eden. Jessie has questions about her mothers past and the early years of her life, but her mother will not talk about it. Eden's perspective is telling that story is a slow emotional burn. I couldn't wait for her chapters! Those where some of my favorite! Jessie sets out to find out about her life, who is her father, Where was she born, what is about her mothers past that makes her not speak of it? I LOVED the ending! I really liked all the twists and turns, the emotions, and the slow burn of a good thriller.
CLynnT 7 months ago
Oh Mary, I love your writing style and I will continue to crave your books like a fix. But you let me down with the ending of this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride; I stayed glued for the entire day off and don’t regret a minute of the suspense. But the twist was a bit of an insult. I literally flipped back thru to try to find the clue I missed. There were just too many items left dangling that remain unclear. But I forgive you, because it was an enjoyable read. I anxiously await your next project! (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Harlequin- Hanover Square Press for making it available.)
Anonymous 7 months ago
Very good but sad
BookishlyBedelia 8 months ago
Who am I? Where do I come from? Is my whole life a lie? These are questions that Jessie Sloane is now forced to ask herself in the slow burn psychological thriller, When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica. Jessie's dying mother tells her to 'go find yourself'. Jessie, assuming her mother meant for her to make something of herself, do what she enjoys, make her life what she has dreamed of enrolls in college but after red flags are raised as to her identity, Jessie has to wonder if that is what her mother actually meant by those words. Now: Plagued with insomnia Jessie takes us with her on her quest to 'find herself'. Not just questioning her identity but also the things around. her. Is she seeing what she thinks she is, hearing what is being whispered to her or is the insomnia making her endeavor that much harder? Each passing day brings her closer to solving the mystery of her life but with each passing day brings more exhaustion and the fear that lack of sleep will eventually end her life. Then: We follow Eden back 20 years and relive her emotional and heart wrenching struggles with her. Her story is one born of love and what society tells us are worth is to be. The triggers and stumbling blocks taking Eden to places that she never thought she would be. Eden may hold the answers to Jessie's questions. When The Lights Go Out is told with a then and now narration volleying between Eden (then) and Jessie (now). I adored both of them. I found Eden and Jessie incredibly relatable and likable. I cried for Eden and bit my nails for Jessie and loved every moment of the book. Prior to reading this book, I read the mixed reviews and I knew the end was a love or hate conclusion and I can say that I loved it. I thought it was perfect and flowed really well with the rest of the story! Given an alternate ending, I wouldn't have chosen any other. I very much enjoyed When the Lights Go Out!
AmberK1120 8 months ago
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free review copy. Ok, so here's my brutal truth review: I don't really know what I just read. I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn't wait to find out what really happened, but I'm still not sure if I know. I think I need to process it some more because I have questions! 
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I've heard some mixed reviews, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found myself repeatedly seeking out the book so I could keep reading. I will agree with readers who have said this has a slower pace than some of Kubica's previous books. Honestly, when I realized that only a day or two had passed in the timeline, I was baffled because I'd thought it had been four. But for me, it only added to the confusion and uncertainty of Jessie's narration. I mean, she's suffering from severe insomnia, which is guaranteed to make her unreliable, so this was the kind of uncertainty I wanted from the book. 
This is the third thriller I've read over the last couple of weeks where going into it with minimal knowledge of the plot really enhanced the reading experience, in my opinion. Had I gone into this book with anything more than the synopsis above, I'd have been very disappointed. I loved experiencing everything as it played out for Jessie, and not knowing what was real or what was her insomnia.
I really loved this book. I was confused and completely immersed in the chaos, and it was a fantastic escape. If you're intrigued by the synopsis, if you're a Kubica fan, I recommend diving in fairly blind. Don't seek out too much info from reviews, just go in with the synopsis and be ready for lots and lots of questions. 
Highly recommend.
LeslieLindsay 8 months ago
Twisty, thought-provoking, dizzying, hypnotic, emotionally-wrenching fifth book from Mary Kubica about identity, motherhood, loss, and insomnia. Mary completely wow-ed me with her breakout novel, THE GOOD GIRL, and since 2014, I've gobbled up every one of her novels. She's immensely talented and her writing is always darkly brilliant. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT (Park Row, September 4 2018) is different than her other books and I am afraid some die-hard thriller fans will be disappointed. If you go into this hoping for a fabulous, classic, I-didn't-see-this-coming twist, you might find it disconcerting, frustrating, ____[insert own adjective here]; because it is a little bit of a rude awakening (pun not intended). But. If you go into it with an open mind, with a slightly different focus--one erring on the side of motherhood, grief, loss, and identity, then I think you'll find WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT provides a unique reading experience. Jessie Sloane is tired. She's been caring for her ailing mother for years and her time is coming soon. Dedicated and devoted, Jessie is at her bedside in the hospital but she can't rest knowing her mother is on her deathbed, that there are just minutes, hours left of her mother's life. And then Jessie is hit with a remarkable sense of grief, a horror of living, of trying to re-build. She's only 20 and suddenly she's alone, without a home, a mother, and who is her father, anyway? Told in alternating settings (Door County, WI and Chicago), time periods (1996-1997, and present-day), and narrators (Jessie and mother Eden), we experience several worldviews and a highly emotional ride. Eden's sections focus mainly on motherhood, loss, grief, marriage and just how far a woman will go for a baby. I identified with some of those feelings, forcing me to ponder, 'how far would I go to attain motherhood?' With Jessie, we experience a 20-year old struggling with her own identity, the grief of losing her mother, her debilitating insomnia, and thus, paranoia. Together, these pieces weave in and out of consciousness, leaving the reader to puzzle it out. There are challenging aspects to the narrative--including infertility, miscarriage, divorce, that may not be for everyone. In several instances, I was reminded of Jodi Piccoult's storytelling techniques , especially in terms of suspension of belief and memory, particularly in her 2014 novel LEAVING TIME. While the ending of WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT might not be what you were expecting--desiring, even--it serves as a reminder that life (and books) aren't always perfect little packages.
Carolefort 8 months ago
This is my first Mary Kubica novel and I can't wait to read her previous work. This book has completely bowled me over. Due to the convoluted plot, it is difficult to discuss the storyline without divulging too many details. Jessie Sloane is at her mother's deathbed. While grieving her passing, she finds a new home and applies for college. The college notifies her that she needs her social security number which leads her to realizing that she does not know who she really is. The novel alternates between Jessie's present life and the life of Eden twenty years before. It is up to the reader to solve the puzzles that link these two women. Just when you think you know Jessie's identification, the author takes you down another rabbit hole. What a great read. Thank you to Harlequin-Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
SL22268 8 months ago
Not my favorite by this author Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read several of Mary Kubica's books and was excited for this one; however, I was not a fan of this one. There were a couple of times where I didn't even want to finish but was waiting for the twist. The twist was there, but it wasn't a very good one. I would recommend reading other books by this author before reading this one. Pretty bummed :(
bookluvr35SL 8 months ago
Jessie Sloan''s mother dies of cancer, and her dying wish was for Jessie to "find herself". So Jessie sells the house she grew up in, signs up to go to college and finds a new place to live where there are no ghosts from the past. Then she receives a call from the college saying her social security number belongs to someone who has been dead for 17 years. This prompts Jessie to go on a quest to get answers to who she really is, and everything spirals out of control. I really enjoyed this author's previous book, but this one fell short for me. There were twists at the end, but it just left me more confused and dissatisfied than anything. That said, give it a try and see if you come to a different opinion.
mweinreich 8 months ago
In this well written drama, Mary Kubica confronts two issues that have plagued women, that of infertility and that of insomnia. Statistics say that 12.1% of women suffer with infertility problems while 6.7% are actually infertile. Sixty million people suffer from some level of sleep disorder. While there is medical treatment for infertility, it can cost in upwards of one hundred thousand dollars. Insurance will cover some of the costs but most insurances have a maximum amount that they will cover. For women who so want a child, and will try anything to conceive, they and their partner encounter an enormous amount of debt trying to become pregnant. In the book When the Lights Go Out, Ms Kubica introduces us to Eden, a young girl happily married to her spouse who decide to have a child. However, they experience much difficulty and explore all options, acquiring massive debt and eventually wrecking their marriage. Years later, Eden's daughter, Jessie Sloane, confronts her own problems. She is an insomniac, her mother is dying of cancer, and after Eden's death, Jessie needs to find out about herself. She tries to enroll in college but then finds out her social security number belonged to a three year old child who had died. Jessie embarks on a mission to find out who she is, but her insomnia plagues her, opening her up to chronic sleeplessness, memory issues, and hallucinations. She is on a road to paranoia. Told in two concurrent voices, that of Eden's and Jessie, this story confronts the issue of family love, the overwhelming desire for a child, and finding oneself among the chaos of life and its many problems. It is a sensitive story, one that is written about so well, by the author. At times, the two unreliable narrators of this story relate things that seem murky and at times some of the details are slightly unrealistic. However, I do recommend this book as a worthwhile read and one many will enjoy as you ponder the issues these two women faced. Thank you to Mary Kubica, Herlequin-Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this thought-provoking novel. Thank you also to the Traveling Sisters group on Goodreads who read along with me. We had quite a discussion about this book and as always, it made the story ever more intriguing.
SilversReviews 8 months ago
No identity, no birth certificate, no social security card, no mention on her mother’s income tax forms. Jessie found out she was non-existent, but how could that be possible? Was she really born in Illinois? Was Sloan really her last name? Was what her mother told her not the truth? If not the truth, why? We follow Jessie after her mother passed away with no questions answered about her life and her identity. She never thought to ask her mother because the need never came up to wonder why she was an unknown person. Meanwhile Eden’s story is being told along with Jessie’s. What is the connection? Does Eden have the answers to the questions of her missing identity? The book had a slow start, but once it got going, I didn’t want to put it down. The slow start was because I was a bit confused, but I knew that would not continue and the book would get tense and interesting. I, of course, was correct. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT was a thriller with odd characters. Jessie was totally off-the-wall and Eden was strange as well. As usual Ms. Kubica has created another spinning tale that keeps you guessing and wondering along with Jessie about her life and her mother’s parting words about finding herself. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT has a unique, creative story line with some upsetting situations, but the ending will have you saying: Ah ha as well as have you scratching your head. ENJOY if you read Ms. Kubica’s newest. 4/5 This book was given to me as an ARC. All opinions are my own.