PUBLISHER: Park Row
PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018
Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a beautiful free paperback copy of When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica to read and share my review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This book follows the main character Jessie Sloane. Her mother is sick and after years of caring for her sick mother Jessie is on the path to rebuilding her life. She suffers from insomnia, and is unable to sleep despite the fact that she is exhausted from lack of sleep. She moves out of her family home and gets her own apartment, applies for college, and is set to begin the next chapter of her life.
Then a problem arises. The college she has applied to informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag. Confused Jessie Discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she thought she knew.
As more days pass with Jessie’s insomnia causing her to become increasingly tired and exhausted, she begins to hear things and see things. She is not sure what to believe and what is real. Her judgement becomes blurred, and she has a difficult time separating reality from her imagination and mind playing tricks on her.
Will Jessie be able to uncover the truth, and finally be able to get some sleep?
Thrilling, and gripping!
When the Lights Go Out is the first book I have read by Mary Kubica and it won’t be my last. I was thrilled when I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to read and review, as I have heard many wonderful things about this book and author.
The story is told in alternating point of views. Parts are told by Jessie and parts are told by her mother Eden.
I enjoyed reading parts narrated by Eden as it allows us to get a better understanding of what Eden herself had gone through in life which lead to the decisions she has made in her life. The trials, tribulations, heartache, struggles, etc that made her who she was as a person. Eden was a likeable character that you cannot help but like after reading everything that she has gone through as a person. To top it all off Eden gets sick and is being cared for by her daughter.
Jessie was also a likeable character. I felt bad for her to read about the suffering and exhaustion she experience due to her insomnia. She is unable to sleep despite how exhausted she is, and you cannot help but feel bad for her when you learn about all the tricks her mind is playing with her due to her insomnia. She struggles with determining what is reality and what is all in her imagination.
This book was enjoyable from the very first page. I enjoyed reading the story and watching it all unfold, and each chapter left me wanting to read more to see what would happen next. There are several twists and shocking turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and will have you turning the pages late into the night as you read through this book.
I did not expect the main twist in the book at all. To be completely honest I thought it would go a totally different way and that is ok. It totally caught me off guard with the twist, one that I definitely did not see coming.
A fantastic thriller that I highly recommend! I’ll be on the lookout for your other books Mary Kubica. Great job!
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