Book Review Of “When The Lights Go Out” By Mary Kubica @HarlequinBooks @HarperCollins @Parkrowbooks
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?
Thank you Park Row Books for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I give this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.
This was such a fast read, And I spent a lot of time wondering how the Author was going to wrap up this storyline.I couldn’t imagine any ending that could make this book pass as realistic, and then once I got to the ending, it all made perfect sense, and I absolutely appreciated how it.While Kubica has a great writing style, she writes an epic opening, that sticks its claws into you, and than she keeps the grasp on you, until you are staying up past your bedtime, and devouring the pages so fast, because you have to see what this madness is. This story was told in two viewpoints, Jessie’s and Eden (the mom) Eden’s parts fluctuate in time, while Jessie’s chapters are present time. I think this was a slow burn story, it took awhile to lead up to that final chapter, however it also read very quickly. Does that make sense?
There parts in the book where I was like “Huh?” “What in the world?” and overall just kind of over the top, very unrealistic feel to this book. But it’s meant to be that way, and once I came to the ending, I understood it. This is only the second Kubica book I’ve read, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, and I understand why some people didn’t enjoy it. I however, found it to be a light, easy, and very quick read. This isn’t a dark and heavy thriller. Overall, while I wasn’t in love, and it’s not going to be a top 5 favorite book for me, I did like the story, and I think many others will too. That ending though, you’re going to love it, or you’re going to hate it.