#GuestBookReview #Psychological Thriller -- Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
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.
Guest Review by Tamara Ford from Shelf Addiction Blog
Review by Tamara Ford
Shelf Addiction Blog
Rating: 3 out of 5
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I previously read and enjoyed Mary Kubica's The Good Girl, so I was looking forward to reading Every Last Lie. I wanted to love and fawn all over this book…. I really wanted to. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. Every Last Lie explores one woman's tragedy and grief after her husband and daughter are in a car crash. That crash takes her husband’s life but leaves their young four-year old daughter physically fine but traumatized from the accident. His wife, Clara is left with their newborn son and daughter to clean up the mess he left. Clara takes on a mission to find out what happened to Nick, despite everything she's been told.
Every Last Lie wants to imply that there are dark secrets to be uncovered, but those secrets aren't as dark or as shocking as I'm accustomed to in books tagged as a mystery, suspense, or thriller. I found Every Last Lie to be more like a character study instead of a mystery and it’s 100% not a thriller. On the flip side, there was lots of marital drama. With every lie revealed, Clara was left with a slow unraveling of who she thought her husband was and what she thought their marriage was. Secret and lies has her questioning everything and paranoid to the point of irritation at times. Overall the plot was a slow burn, giving Clara tidbits into the truth at a pace that wasn’t suspenseful.
I appreciated the way that the story was narrated from two points of view. Clara after the accident (present day) and her husband Nick, leading up to the accident and his death. The two points of view was unique in that we see how Clara would rather run with her imagination than confront the problem and find out what’s what. On the flip side, we experience Nick's reasons and anxiety behind his many mistakes. While I liked the two points of view, I suspect that format is why this story didn't translate to my expectation as a mystery or thriller. The entire time, we know what Nick was doing and thinking so while it's a mystery for Clara, it's not for the reader.
As far as Clara goes, I found myself getting annoyed with her…and Maisie too. Maisie is one annoying little child. Yes, she's traumatized and no, it's not her fault. It's her parents fault and sadly that is another reason that I didn't connect with neither Clara or Nick. On one hand, I wanted to understand Nick's motives for his actions, but on the other hand I couldn't. I wish his character was a bit more relate-able.
There were other subplots going on with Clara's parents and Nick’s colleague and friend that had to do with Clara in present day. Those situations did provide relevant information on Clara's current state of mind, which was good. I liked Clara's father and felt sorry for her Mother. The secondary plots added to the confusion that Clara was experiencing, which explained some of her motivations. The parents added another layer to Clara's character development. I wish there was a bit more there regarding Nick’s friend. He was creepy and could have really upped the shock value had his character been utilized in a different way.
I adore a realistic ending and Kubica delivers it. When it was all said and done, the ending was probable and was a dose of reality for Clara. When it comes to standalone titles, I like to see everything tied up with a bow on the top. There are a few open issues that Kubica didn’t explain by the end of the book, so that was unfortunate. Overall, story was fine enough, it just didn’t fully hit the mark for me. If you’re a Kubica fan and you enjoy her writing, give Every Last Lie a try, it's worth checking out. If you're new to Kubica, I recommend starting with her book The Good Girl, it hit the mark and checked more of the boxes in my opinion.