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September 22, 2020

Every Last Lie

 



Thriller
2017 Park Row Books
Finished on September 16, 20
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

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 another psychological thriller that's been on my shelf for a few years. I received the ARC from the publisher, probably through a giveaway on Goodreads, although I don't remember for certain. I added the book to my list for this year's RIP XV challenge and was excited to dive in as soon as I finished Behind Her Eyes

Every Last Lie does not have the annoying internal monologue device that Behind Her Eyes did, nor does the main character have a drinking problem, but Clara and Nick are both unlikeable characters and the narrative is drawn out far too long. I grew impatient with Clara and her paranoid suspicions (not to mention her lack of parenting skills) and felt the ending was weak with far too many loose ends. I'm sorry I wasted my time reading to the very end and I have no intention of reading more by this author.

I read Every Last Lie for the RIP XV Challenge.


14 comments:

  1. I think I'll skip this one. Actually, I read a book by Kubica years ago and didn't like it, and I've never read anything else, although she is quite prolific.

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    1. Jenclair, you won't be missing anything, believe me!

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  2. This is one author Ive never tried yet own a few of hers. This sounds like one to skip.

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    1. Diane, I'll be interested to hear if any of her other books are enjoyable. I trust your opinion, so keep me posted.

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  3. I've got a couple of Kubica's books too, but I've never read them or not yet anyway. The whole thriller with no likable characters (please, can I just have one? please Mr. Scrooge?) has gotten so old with me. I must have one character to hang my 'good guy' hat on. Ha! Not sure if I own this one, but I'll just say - read Louise's new book. LOL

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    1. Well, if you do read any of her books, please let me know if any are worth my time.

      I will read Louise's new book just as soon as I get my hands on a copy. Thanks, Kay!

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  4. I’ve not read any of her books, this one sounds a total disappointment, what a shame.

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    1. Heather, I doubt I'll read more by Kubica, unless I hear some rave reviews by trusted bloggers.

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  5. Too bad. Sounds like you've had enough of this author. I'm glad you vetted it for us. I will pass on her books. Too much else to read.

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    1. Susan, yes, there are so many talented authors out there that I can't imagine wasting any more of my time on books by this one.

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    1. Deb, my next book (When My Time Comes) was a winner. Review to come later this week.

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  7. Darn, too bad this one wasn't a better read. I read one of her books a couple of years ago and remember being annoyed with the characters and their ridiculous decisions. Not sure if I'll try another of her books any time soon.

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    1. Iliana, I trust your opinion, so if you didn't like one of her books, I most likely won't give her another chance.

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