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New Release Review! WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica

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A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

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When the Lights Go Out was my first book from Ms. Kubica. I’d heard good things about her other books and the blurb was intriguing, so I signed up for this one. I purposely didn’t look at any other reviews because I didn’t want to risk spoilers–ironic, I know, since I’m writing this review here!–but that’s the main reason I’m not going to go into a lot of details with this one. I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s experience.

So…what can I say? Let’s see…

First of all, this book definitely kept me turning the pages. Though neither one of the main characters (Jessie and Eden) are ever going to be on my favorite characters top ten list, I absolutely had to know what in the world was really going on with them, and I wanted to know now. I had so many questions! Many of them were answered in a way I absolutely did not see coming (apparently she’s known for her plot twists, and yep, that scans) but others…aren’t. If you’re a fan of the unreliable narrator, Ms. Kubica has not one, but two for you here!

More than twenty-four hours later, I’m still thinking about this book. That in itself has to be a win for the author…

Rating: 3 stars / C

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


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Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.

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