New York Times best-selling 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.
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The highly anticipated Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica was one I couldn't wait to get my hands on...or maybe I should says ears, in this case. :-) I pre-ordered this book the second I was able to and waited (for what seemed like forever) for its release. Let me tell you, it is well worth the wait! I have loved all of Mary's books, and this is one more I can add to the list. Basically, it is about a woman (Clara), whose husband (Nick) dies in a car accident, while her young daughter (Maisie) miraculously walks away unharmed. Worn out from caring for Maisie and newborn son (Felix), Clara's grief as a new widow is almost too much to bear. In the coming days, we watch as Clara's suspicion about the accident grows into a full-on obsession with finding out the truth behind Nick's death. As each lie surfaces, fear that things are much more than they seem increases, and the reader is left wondering who killed Nick, and why.
Like Kubica's other books, this one is also told in alternating points of view...Nick in the weeks before his death and Clara throughout her search for the truth. It is filled with twists and turns as "every last lie" is revealed. It's full of suspense and keeps you at the edge of your seat up through the very end. It will have you questioning your own thoughts about the killer, and in the end, you will remember that everything happens for a reason and things always "work out" like they are supposed to....or so they say.
The narration by Carly Robins and Graham Hamilton was great. I love that we get to experience the work of two narrators, rather than one, because it eliminates distraction and makes everything seem more real to the reader/listener. I loved the voice Carly used for little Maisie...numerous times, she flawlessly switched back and forth in conversation between mother and daughter, leaving me with the feeling I was there with them. With Graham, I can still hear Nick talking. His voice was controlled and consistent throughout, and as new characters were introduced, Graham's tone changed depending on with whom Nick was sharing the scene. His narration helped me see and understand Nick from various angles. I would be interested in listening to more of Carly Robins and Graham Hamilton's work in the future.
With that being said, I'm sure it is no surprise that I give the audiobook Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica 5-stars all around. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy the suspense/thriller genre. It gives perfect insight to what people go through (mentally, emotionally, and physically) when losing a loved one, and like most things in life, it shows that with time, life does go on...and so do we.
Thank you so much for reading my review! I hope it helped. :-)
Sorry, I just didn't get it. After a promising start I became more and more put off by the central female character - it may have something to do with the way she was read, which sounded like someone who was awfully impulsive and immature. I couldn't make sense of her thought processes, and felt exasperated as she jumped from one nonsensical conclusion to another based on little to no evidence. The husband, who narrates in flashback, is imperfect as well but a bit more likable - again, he probably benefitted from the delivery of a better reader. This was apparently intended as a character study of a woman coming to terms with a horrendous loss, but even there it missed the mark for me. I would not call this a mystery or a novel of suspense. I've enjoyed two other books by Mary Kubica, was looking forward to the release of this one, but although there were a few nice moments between the father and daughter, I'm sorry to say that overall I found it repetitive and kind of tedious.