Review: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

I finally did it! Don’t know WHY it took me so long, but this is my very first Mary Kubica book, and I decided to give it a go with Book Sparks Fall Reading Challenge – and Hello Mary! Nice to meet you and where the heck have you been all my life!

I loved When the Lights Go Out! I decided to check out the audiobook for this one – and I think that was a really good choice. The narrators (Julia Whelan and Jayme Mattler) were probably the exact picks I would have chosen for the voices of Eden and Jessie. I was riveted by both their stories from the very beginning, and Kubica is insanely good at keeping you guessing the whole way though.

At first we meet Jessie, she’s saying goodbye to her mother, dying of Cancer. It’s always just been the two of them and Jessie is clearly have a rough go dealing with the loss. She’s hearing things, seeing things, hasn’t slept in days. But then things start to get really weird. Her social security number is questioned when trying to rebuild and apply for college, and in turn she starts to question everything she has every known. Meanwhile, miles away and 20 years earlier, we meet a woman named Eden, just starting her life with her loving husband Adam and eager to start a family. Somehow, these two lives are connected and Jessie is determined to figure out where she comes from, before she loses herself entirely.

I have heard that people don’t love this one – at least not as much as Mark Kubica’s other books… Well, good for me then, because I really enjoyed this psychological thriller and I look forward to the next one from Kubica! And if it’s even better than When the Lights Go Out, than I better get right on it!

Have you read any of Mary Kubica’s books? Let me know in the comments which one I should read next!

Get it now here —> When the Lights Go Out


  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (September 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780778330783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778330783

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