23 May 2020


Book Review / When the Lights go Out by Mary Kubica

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?

Published:     4th September 2018
Publisher:  Park Row
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned


Well, I guess since I enjoyed reading the last book by this author, why not pick up another.  That's just the kind of reader I am.  If I find something good, I am going to keep at it until I have read them all!  In this story, we follow Jessie who is trying to get her life back together after having to take care of her ailing mother for so long.  She moves into a new place but soon discovers that she can't sleep.  Day after day she can't sleep and becomes convinced that things aren't what they seem and she needs to investigate her own history.

What I loved about this story...
That ending.  That is what I loved about this story.  I can't say too much because I don't want to spoil the story for those of you who have not read it yet but this story was getting wierder and wierder and then all of a sudden there is a massive plot twist that really blew me away and I wasn't expecting.  Yes, that twist may not have been an original twist but I loved it.

What I did not like about this story...
Honestly, I did think the story dragged a bit in the middle of the story where, for me, it seemed like the story was not going anywhere - but that did make sense later on in the story why.

In summary...
An intriguing story that can be a bit puzzling at times but worth sticking with it for that twist ending!