Book Review for WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica
Park Row
☕ ☕ ☕ + 1/2
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A haunting nightmare of a tale which pushes the boundaries of what is real and what is in your head.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT is the story of Jessie Sloane and her battle with insomnia which was brought on after the diagnosis of her mother's cancer. The veil between what is real and not is constantly being tested throughout this book. With expert storytelling, Kubica sends us all down the rabbit hole with Jessie.

Book Review for WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Mary Kubica

I will be honest. After reading two previous books by the author, this one is not my favorite. However, there is a level of foreboding and overall eeriness which propelled me through the story. I enjoyed being in the forever foggy dream-like state Jessie seemed to be in throughout the book. As the reader, I was questioning everything she saw and thought because she truly was an unreliable narrator.

By bringing insomnia into the narrative and using it the way she does, the author pushes the limits of reality. This is where the beauty and the creepiness of the tale are based. It allows for twists, turns, and the careful placement of hints to tease the reader. Because of this, you really can deny Kubica's talent in weaving together a story which will grab you and leave you saying what just happened.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

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About the Author: Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.


Book Details:

 Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (September 4, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778330788
ISBN-13: 978-0778330783

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