Book Review: Every Last Lie


Summary:
Clara Solberg gives birth to son Felix just four days before her husband is killed. 

Authorities said he was speeding when he drove into a tree. He was driving their four year old daughter Maisie home from ballet. 

Clara had talked to her husband just minutes before and he said he'd pick up dinner for them on the way home. 

Maisie had virtually no injuries from the accident. But she evidently saw something, because she immediately begins to have nightmares and screams when she sees a black car.

Though the police assure Clara that her husband's death was an accident, Maisie keeps telling Clara that "a bad man" was following them.

So was it a terrible accident or did someone cause the accident?

It is with this in mind that Clara's obsession with finding out what truly happened that fateful day takes over.

This book is told from the alternating prospective of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months on earth. 

Life Themes:
Relationships, grief 

Who Will Like This Book:
Lovers of suspenseful mysteries, thrillers and women's fiction

Strong Points: 
The real strength of this book is the characters. The author does a great job of clearly defining her characters and making each voice unique.

She manages to deftly interweave the excitement and exhaustion of childbirth with the first stages of grief.  

Final Thoughts:
Mary Kubica has a way of building suspenseful plots that at first glance seem to be steering the story in one direction, but then veers off into another which keeps you guessing until the very end.

My Rating:
 4/5 

About The Author:
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY and EVERY LAST LIE. 

A former high school history teacher, Mary 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, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.  

*I received this book free for my review.




9 comments

  1. Thank you for this Brenda. I have taken note of the titles by Mary Kubica, I love suspense stories.
    Hope you are feeling better today. Give the pupsters a hug from me.

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    1. I am feeling better. Still can tell the cyst is there pressing against my bladder, but not drinking caffeine, which makes it worse.

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  2. Hi. I rarely read suspense novels or mysteries because my life is kind of stressful and I don't want any additional stress or feeling of being keyed up when using a book to escape life for awhile. But, I do like to read your reviews of these books in case it might spur me to consider giving one of them a try. I am wondering why you rated this 4 out of 5 -- what would have made it a better read for you? Thanks! Hope you are feeling better too.

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    1. I gave it 4 out of 5 because though I loved the book, it wasn't the best of this genre I've read. I hesitated about this rating, but then decided it was best to err on the side of caution because if I give every book I read a 5 rating, the ratings won't mean that much.

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  3. I will certainly place this book on my To Read list. I am reading The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve and it has been holding my attention. The main character is a young mother who confronts losses and finds a way to remake her life and finds her own strengths (based on a true story of the largest fire in Maine's history). Next up is Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand. I have enjoyed many of her novels in the past so I hope this one will be good as well.

    Hope you are feeling better and better. Your post yesterday was very upbeat; seems like your writing reflected improved health and high hopes! I found myself smiling as I read your post. Then a big frown as I realized I too need to cut back on the caffeine.

    Take care and have a wonderful weekend. It is a beautiful day here, bright and sunny with just a hint of breeze -- a high of 77 is forecast with a low of 61 this evening.

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    1. I have loved some of Anita Shreve's books. I will check into this one.

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  4. I really enjoy Anita Shreve's books, too. I haven't heard of the one mentioned, tho'. The Stars Are Fire will be one of my next books to read, Debby.

    I like your book reviews, Brenda, even tho't some of the books you really like aren't ones I would read. I still like to be aware of what others are reading, what's out there, you know. I'm just not tough enough to read those murder mystery, suspense novels, I guess!

    It's wonderful that you are feeling better. Let's assume that it will continue.

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  5. This sounds like a book I'd like. I would like the characterizations and the plot, I think. Thanks for the review!

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