When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica


Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin and Mary Kubica for the e-reader copy of this book in exchange for a review.

First of all, I have read and enjoyed several of Mary Kubica’s novels. As a native Chicagoan, I love that they are often set in Chicago and I love her particular style of suspense. This one, too, did not disappoint.

This novel follows Jessie and Eden, through a few different periods of time: Jessie in present-day, as she is caring for her terminally ill mother (Eden) and in the case of Eden, through various periods of time, one in which she struggles with infertility and another in which she cares for Jessie. In the present day, Jessie struggles with insomnia and has difficulty discerning what is real and was isn’t. She finds out that she doesn’t have a birth certificate and that the only Jessie Sloane on record is dead. Who is Jessie? Why doesn’t she have any record of who she is?

This is a thriller/suspenseful book, but in the end I found it moreso about family, grief, the struggle to motherhood and mother-daughter bonds. Some will find the ending predictable but I found it redeemable because there was so much heart present in the last few pages that made it satisfying.

Available September 4th, 2018