Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Limited on June 27, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, suspense
Format & Length: audiobook, 11:53:45
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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.
“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.
Every Last Lie is a tale of suspense in which Clara’s husband, Nick, dies in a car crash and she is left to pick up the pieces with her two young children.
This is told from two perspectives: Clara, in the present during and after the car crash; and Nick, in the time leading up to the crash. The dual point of view works well here to fully flesh out the story and build up suspense. And each perspective has a different narrator in the audiobook, both of which had clear voices that made for easy listening and helped to feel like the reader is getting to know the characters.
Which is important, as this is a character heavy story. Although plenty happens in the plot, Every Last Lie is not exactly what I’d call a thriller, or even a psychological thriller, as I’d expected going in. And in this case, I think my expectations led me to feel somewhat let down. I would categorize this as a slow burn suspense that explores how grief can affect a person rather than a fast paced thriller. If I’d known that going in, I think I would have enjoyed it even more.
That all said, what this book is excellent at is setting a scene and slowly but surely adding complexity and suspense to what seems like a simple story at first. The writing style flows well and translates seamlessly into audio format. And the narration was excellent, enhancing the experience further.
Although my expectations affected my ultimate enjoyment and rating, Every Last Lie was still a compelling book. This is the first book I’ve read by Kubica but I’m definitely interested in reading her other work. Recommended for fans of character driven suspense.