EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica


Publisher: Park Row Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
Rating: ★★★¾


New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.

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.


I do love Mary Kubica’s writing, and in EVERY LAST LIE she presents an engrossing tale of a young mother named Clara facing her husband Nick’s secrets and deceit just days after he dies in a car accident.

There was one witness to the crash, the couple’s 4-year old daughter Maisie, who was strapped in her car seat and luckily unhurt. Clara begins to doubt the wreck was simply an accident when Maisie starts having nightmares about a “bad man” being after them. As she digs for clues, Clara finds that Nick was hiding some unsettling secrets, but were they enough to get him killed?

The story is told in alternating perspectives – Nick, in the weeks leading up to the crash, and Clara, in the weeks after Nick’s death. I liked that readers got to hear both POVs, which added to the suspense of what Nick might reveal and what Clara might discover. Not only is Clara dealing with her husband’s suspicious death, she’s also now the sole caregiver of Maisie and newborn Felix. So many anxiety-inducing elements in this story! Clara made some very questionable choices throughout, and I’m sure teetering on the edge of sanity didn’t help.

I guess I have two niggling complaints with the book. First, there were some loose ends and questions that I wanted answers to, and secondly, I wasn’t thrilled with the ending. I read another mystery that had a similar ending, and while it worked there, it didn’t so much with EVERY LITTLE LIE. Nevertheless, I still think this was an intriguing and well-written book, as much a character study in grief as a novel of suspense.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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DON’T YOU CRY by Mary Kubica

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DON’T YOU CRY by Mary Kubica
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary Kubica is an auto-read author for me, I don’t even have to read the blurb. DON’T YOU CRY is her third psychological thriller, and though it was a bit different than the first two books, I really enjoyed it.

In Chicago, Quinn searches for her missing roommate, Esther, and discovers many shocking secrets as she searches for her whereabouts. Meanwhile in Michigan, Alex becomes fixated on a mysterious young woman who shows up in his bleak lakefront town.

The big question, of course, is how are the two story-lines connected? Up until the end, it was hard to tell where things were going. Quinn and Alex’s stories were interesting, though maybe not as suspenseful as I was expecting, BUT the ending totally took me by surprise! BAM! I love being caught off guard. Highly recommended to fans of dark and twisty tales.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

THE GOOD GIRL by Mary Kubica

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Publisher: Mira
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Source: Kindle purchase
Rating: ★★★★½


“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.


I enjoyed reviewing Mary Kubica’s second novel, PRETTY BABY, so I decided to give her first book a try. Loved it! (Maybe even a smidge more than PRETTY BABY.) I would describe THE GOOD GIRL as subtle suspense, with a uniquely constructed plot and an intriguing story.

Mia, the twenty-something daughter of a rich Chicago judge, is kidnapped. The hired kidnapper, Colin, has a change of heart and hides her away in a cabin instead of giving her to his employers as planned. At the same time, Mia’s distraught mother (Eve) and a police detective (Gabe) search tirelessly to find out what became of Mia.

The bulk of the story is told by Eve, Gabe, and Colin in alternating viewpoints, as well as switching between a “Before” and an “After.” Setting the plot up this way made me even more curious about what ultimately happened in the cabin. The characters are well developed, and the author gives the right amount of backstory to each one so we know what brought them to this place and time.

I thought the twist at the end was so good. Well, sad and emotional, but also good. I certainly wasn’t expecting it.