The Blonde Bookworm: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica -- Review

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica -- Review

Monday, April 8, 2019

Title: When the Lights Go Out 
Author: Mary Kubica 
Pages: 384
Publishing: September 4th 2018 by Park Row


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?


Well that was an interesting read. I have to admit, it wasn't my favorite from Kubica. I absolutely loved the first half of this novel, but Kubica slowly started to lose me a little more and more as the chapters went on. I thought the beginning of the novel was great and really intriguing how it would go back and forth between past and present, but the story really lost its steam around the halfway point. 

Honestly, this book was pretty entertaining, I was just disappointed by the ending. I thought it seemed like Kubica put so much work into the story and then got tired at the end and just threw something together for the ending. It just didn't feel right for the novel and I hate that such a great story had such a weak finish. I hate to admit it, but I probably wouldn't recommend this read to friends. Thank you to NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 2/5


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