I love a good thriller/suspense book. Mary Kubica is definitely a go-to ever since I read The Good Girl by her. This book was just what I needed between all of our amazing book club discussion books.
“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.
Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.
Book: Every Last Lie
Author: Mary Kubica
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.56/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Overview. Thrillers have always been a genre that I hold near and dear to my heart. Mary Kubica is no different. I listened to The Good Girl on audiobook about six months ago and fell in love with the way that Kubica creates characters, plot points, and the final reveal. Every Last Lie was no different. ELL follows a husband and wife, Nick and Clara after a tragic car crash that leaves Nick dead. Clara has to learn how to live without her husband with her four-year old Maisie and brand new baby Felix. At every turn she finds out something that Nick was hiding from her majorly due to his failing dental practice. When Maisie, who was in the car crash, begins to have nightmares and day terrors about a “bad man” in a black car Clara begins to think that Nick was murdered instead of driving recklessly. We see everything through present-day Clara’s eyes and weeks pre-crash through Nick’s point of view.
Pros. These characters really had a lot of life to them. Kubica really does know how to make a great character. I felt so many different emotions for both Nick and Clara. I understood why Nick did the things that he did and I understood why Clara felt the way that she felt. A special part of my heart really did hurt for Maisie and Boppy as well. Kubica just really drew me into all of these characters and would not let go.
I enjoyed the plot-line of this book as well. It’s not often that you get a back and forth narrative done well. Kubica is really good at keeping you in the present and tying in the past together perfectly. I never felt like I wasn’t sure what was going on (besides the manner of Nick’s death).
I was really able to connect to the issues that were brought up in the book as well. I used to work with geriatric, dementia and Alzheimer’s patients on a daily basis so I really was able to associate (and see through) the issues that were brought up about Clara’s parents and their caregiver Izzy. For once, I was definitely able to see what was going on in that situation long before it was revealed.
Cons. The biggest issue with this book was that there were still a lot of loose ends left undone at the end of the book. I didn’t have more questions than when I first came into the book, but there were definitely things that Kubica brought up through the book that she neglected to cover by the end of the book. It leaves me curious as to whether she planned to do another book or not, but I suspect not. Honestly, that’s my biggest issue with this book and none of the issues that were not tied up really affected the ending of the book for me in anyway.
Overall. I feel like this is a solid thriller/suspense book for any thriller-lover. Kubica does a fantastic job when it comes to this genre and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. It still doesn’t stack up to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for me, but it is still a great book (seriously if anyone has any recommendations for someone who loved Gone Girl, I’m open to suggestions!). I gave this book a 4/5 stars.