When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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?


Ok, so here’s my brutal truth review: I don’t really know what I just read. I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn’t wait to find out what really happened, but I’m still not sure if I know. I think I need to process it some more because I have questions!

That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I’ve heard some mixed reviews, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found myself repeatedly seeking out the book so I could keep reading. I will agree with readers who have said this has a slower pace than some of Kubica’s previous books. Honestly, when I realized that only a day or two had passed in the timeline, I was baffled because I’d thought it had been four. But for me, it only added to the confusion and uncertainty of Jessie’s narration. I mean, she’s suffering from severe insomnia, which is guaranteed to make her unreliable, so this was the kind of uncertainty I wanted from the book.

This is the third thriller I’ve read over the last couple of weeks where going into it with minimal knowledge of the plot really enhanced the reading experience, in my opinion. Had I gone into this book with anything more than the synopsis above, I’d have been very disappointed. I loved experiencing everything as it played out for Jessie, and not knowing what was real or what was her insomnia.

I really loved this book. I was confused and completely immersed in the chaos, and it was a fantastic escape. If you’re intrigued by the synopsis, if you’re a Kubica fan, I recommend diving in fairly blind. Don’t seek out too much info from reviews, just go in with the synopsis and be ready for lots and lots of questions.

Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

***GIVEAWAY*** I’m partnering with TLC Book Tours and Park Row to give a copy of Mary’s new book to one of you!! To enter is simple: let me know in the comments below your favorite of her books thus far. Haven’t read her yet? Tell me why you want to start with this one. Giveaway closes on Saturday 9/15/18 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified by email. U.S. and Canadian addresses only.

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Book stats: Hardcover, 336 pages, Park Row, September 4, 2018

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  1. I have had a couple of her books on my TBR list for quite a while and just haven’t picked one up yet! I would LOVE to start with this one. I’ve heard her books are excellent!

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  2. I have not read any of her books but this sounds interesting!

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  3. I loved The Good Girl!!

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  4. I haven’t read any of her books. Dying to read this book. It sound so good.

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  5. I loved The Good Girl! Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance!

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  6. I’m a huge fan of her books! I read The Good Girl first and that’s the one I love the most. I can’t wait to read this next book!

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  7. I would love to read this one because it sounds so great and I’ve read stellar reviews! This would be my first Mary Kubica novel.

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  8. I loved Pretty Baby! I would love to own this book to add to my Mary Kubica collection 😂

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  9. The Good Girl was amazing (to me) I was totally surprised my the end twist ! Would love to read this book ! It’s been on my TBR forever! ❤️❤️🤞🤞

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  10. I haven’t read anything from Mary Kubica yet but I have heard nothing but praises for this thriller! I am excited to be thrilled by this book 🙂

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  11. I can’t enter for the giveaway 😢 but I only read her first novel, The Good Girl so far. I think all the other books she writes continue to be added to my wishlist though 😊 So great that you enjoyed this one so much, great review!

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  12. I haven’t read any of her books yet but have seen quite a lot of people love her books so I would love to read one as well! Also haven’t read any suspense books lately and this one looks really interesting!

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  13. I’m reading The Good girl now and loving it so far. That’s the only one I’ve read so far. I’d love to win!

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  14. laurenkeenwriting September 12, 2018 — 6:32 pm

    I have not heard of Mary Kubica and stumbled across your giveaway on Instagram!!! I definitely would love to give this book a try because I’m currently writing my own psychological thriller which I think is leaving a lot of unopen questions to just get the reader thinking and the mind exploring possible different things!! I feel as though I could learn a lot from reading this book 🙂

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  15. I haven’t read any of her books but I’ve been seeing this one everywhere and have heard great early reviews so it seems like a good one to start with! Thanks for the chance!

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  16. I haven’t read any yet! I just bought Pretty Baby and this one looks so good too!!

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  17. I have heard amazing things about this book and the synopsis and the cover are just sooo intriguing 🤞🏻💕📚

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  18. Angelica Velazquez September 14, 2018 — 2:16 am

    I’ve never read any of her work but would love to start with this one because it sounds really intriguing and makes me wonder what’s the big mystery. Is she not who she thought she was? Is someone using her identity? 🤔 I want to know.

    Thanks so much for the chance!

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  19. Thanks for being on the tour!

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