Book Review: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Dear Bookworms,

Every Last Lie
By Mary Kubica

Another Mary Kubica book for the win! Check out the tags below to read a couple other reviews of her previous novels (they are all fantastic).

Clara is reeling from the sudden death of her husband Nick. The police have ruled it an accident- speeding combined with a sharp turn resulted in a deadly collision with a tree, killing him on impact but leaving his 4 year old in the backseat with nothing but a scratch. Just days postpartum with their second child, Claras world is rocked. Unable to pick up the pieces, grieve, and move on with her life, Clara begins digging into the events leading up to Nicks death, convinced someone must have run him off the road on purpose. Clara uncovers shocking information about her husband in her quest to discover what exactly happened. Did she know her husband at all? She will not rest until she uncovers every last lie.

This one was told in alternating perspectives, the present with Clara and the past (spanning a few months past) with Nick. I enjoy this style of storytelling, particularly with a mystery. It’s a fun and interesting way for the reader to make discoveries and piece together clues. The book had a different feel to me than Kubicas previous novels, but it was just as enticing and enrapturing of a read. Claras grief was palpable in Kubicas writing. I cannot even imagine what that must be like, to lose my husband and find myself not only with a large hole in my life, but to find out that my partner was hiding secrets. Kubica sets up the plot nicely, with a wide array of potential villains and motives and the ending was once again not what I had expected. There were a few loose ends that I don’t feel were very well tied up (no spoilers but feel free to jump into the comments if you want to discuss!) but nothing that hinder the plot line.

Overall another fantastic read!



Book Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Dear Bookworms,

This weeks book review is another (yes another) book by Mary Kubica. I devoured her other two books, Don't You Cry & The Good Girl and have been itching to read Pretty Baby ever since. 

Heidi Wood is a bleeding heart known by her family and friends for her tireless work at her non profit in Chicago. Everything from helping refugees learn to speak English to tutoring adults for their GED, Heidi is a sucker for someone in need. Much to her husband and 12 year old daughters chagrin, Heidi comes home one night with a rain soaked, seemingly homeless teenager, infant in tow. So begins the rapid decent into chaos and danger as Heidi, her husband, and their own daughter deal with this quiet and elusive house guest. Past loss and shocking trauma steer these characters into a full blown crisis that tears more than one family apart. Someone is hiding deadly secrets, but who?

Once again, Kubica delivers a stellar read! Told in much the same style of her previous books, alternating chapters from three characters perspectives; Heidi, Chris (her husband), and Willow (the vagabond teen). Willows perspective is not told in real time with the main story line but after, with her recalling her childhood up until the recent events, giving the reader valuable insight into her backstory. Kubica does a great job of slowly building the tension of the plot, parceling out bits and pieces of the story until you reach the startling conclusion (didn't see that one coming AT ALL). Kubicas writing style is so hypnotizing and engrossing, her attention to detail impeccable. Both heartbreaking and heart stopping, make sure you clear your calendar before picking this one up because I promise you, you won't want to put it down!

Check out Mary Kubicas website here and stay up to date on her works and apperances!

Until next week friends!




Book Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Dear Bookworms, 

Holy Crapoly....this book was AH-MAZING. Everything from the writing style to the plot line kept the read interesting, well paced, and intense. 


Mia Dennett, the free spirited daughter of a high profile judge in Chicago has been kidnapped in a wild ransom plot gone awry. Whisked away at gunpoint by a dark and intriguing stranger, she finds herself in an isolated cabin in rural Minnesota, hundreds of miles from home with little to no provisions and winter rapidly approaching. 

This book is written in the first person, from three different characters perspectives. Eve Dennett, Mias mother, Gabe Hoffman, lead detective on the case, and Colin Thatcher, criminal kidnapper. The book alternates perspectives by chapters and each chapter is either based  "before" (Mia is found) or "after" (Mia is found). Although it took me a couple chapters to get into the swing of the writing style and various perspectives, it kept the read very interesting and hard to put down (oh a Colin chapter? Must keep reading!). 

What was unique about this book was the writing style, the main character about which the entire story was centered, never shared her experience in the first person (until the final chapter) but rather had all the key players perspectives. The "before" and "after" really lent itself handy to keep the story a mystery until the very end and allowed for the reader to really get a broad understanding of all the various characters and their role in the story line. Everyone is far more complex than would first meet the eye and the author dishes out some great plot twists (seriously the last chapter had me like woah). 

This book was very reminiscent of Stolen by Lucy Christopher. If you like a good mystery it will not disappoint. Go ahead and do yourself a favor and get it... now. I will even provide you with the amazon link to purchase a copy RIGHT NOW. Check out the reviews I wrote for two of her other books, Don't You Cry & Pretty Baby

Until next week my fellow bookworms!