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Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Synopsis: "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.
Clara Solberg and her husband Nick have just welcomed a new addition to their family -- Felix. Along with his sister Maisie, these two innocent children have no idea who is raising them. The story opens with news of Nick’s accident and escalates as Clara slowly spirals out of control. The ending was smooth, though I was expecting an epic plot twist to warrant the marketing of the book as a “psychological thriller.”
Kubica is a talented writer. Her words are poetic and carefully chosen. This creates an excellent escape from daily life. She wield a mean pen when developing characters. While Clara is not my favorite, she is a three-dimensional portrayal of most women. I felt like I really knew her. Her thoughts and emotions floated across the pages, at times punching my in the stomach. Nick, who I seemed to gravitate towards (perhaps because of his profession and suicidal ideation), was portrayed as a man who was at the precipice of despair. I could sense his emotion, but I could not “feel” his pain. This was an interesting situation -- I hated Clara and felt her anguish; yet, I wanted to feel Nick’s pain, but couldn’t.
Sometimes when reading stories told from two points of view, one character’s voice can seep into that of another. In Every Last Lie, Nick and Clara’s voices remain distinct.
While the book was not what I expected, which why I hate reading books after release because the heavy marketing skews my impression, there is a serious tone. Suicide among health professionals is serious, as is the prevalence of drug misuse.
Why would anyone want to read this? Perhaps it's the pretty cover or the reviews of the book. This is my first book by Kubica.
Reviewed by Erica Watkins