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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 left 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.
While I’ve certainly heard of Mary Kubica, Every Last Lie is the first book of hers that I’ve read, but after finishing it I can certainly understand why she’s so popular. It starts off a little slowly, but the pace picks up after the first few chapters. The characters of Clara and Nick are ones you can’t help but become emotionally invested in. Both of them are flawed and make many mistakes, but this just makes them even more relatable. Because of this, my heart was breaking for the both of them throughout the story, especially Nick, who I really became attached to. I have to admit I found myself getting a bit weepy during his chapters, especially in the latter half of the book when the fateful last day was approaching. There are so many twists to what caused Nick’s fatal crash, that right up until the end I had no idea what the outcome of Clara’s investigation was going to be. There are basically just two reasons why I’ve only given this 4 stars. Because of the author’s reputation and the suspenseful build-up, when the end came, I thought it was a little flat. And, there were a few plot holes that I didn’t feel were addressed, which is a pet peeve of mine. Otherwise, I think this is a great mystery/suspense novel that’ll make a wonderful beach and vacation read. I already had Mary Kubica on my list of TBR authors, but I’m definitely moving her previous books nearer to the top of my list now.