When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica Review

The blurb is going to be longer than my "review" but there's a reason besides my laziness.

When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
Audiobook Deceptive Fiction, 9+ Hours
Released September 2018
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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?

These Are My Thoughts

I was going to write a real review for this book but it doesn’t deserve it. 

This book made me so crazy-mad that I am not going to waste my time. Up until the last quarter or so I would’ve rated it a 3 ½. It was holding my attention even though some of the themes; the insatiable baby-lust, the absent husband who may or may not be cheating, etc. were all too familiar after just finishing up this author’s novel Pretty Baby. So close, in fact, that I may have mixed them up a time or two in my head but that's my fault not the book and the book wasn’t awful by any means. There were lots of secrets lurking and I really did want to keep reading to discover them all until the big reveal was unleashed upon me . . . 

It was weak, manipulative, over-used, unoriginal, and the lamest of lame-ass plot reveals. I couldn’t believe what the author had just done to me. I still can’t! I feel cheated, misled and more disappointed than mere words can say.  

And for that this book is getting a VERY generous 2.

If you don't want to read this but are nosy like me and want to know why I'm raving like a loon here's the "reveal".

2 out of 5


  1. Och bloody hell, that is a serious cop out! I'd have been mad as hell if I'd been reading that! Talk about channelling Dallas!!!

  2. Thanks for saving me on this one. I see this author a lot at Walmart - I have limited options for buying physical books in my town, what can I say?

  3. Oh yeah that would have made me mad too.

  4. You're generous to give it 2 stars after that reveal. What a crap way to end a book!

  5. OK I couldn't resist, I had to read the spoiler! LOL I know what you mean. I thought we were beyond that sort of twist these days??

    1. I felt like I had traveled back in time with that one!

  6. I had to read the spoiler since I knew after reading your review I wasn't going to touch this one. I'd have been so tempted to throw the book and I never do that.

  7. LOL I read the spoiler. I figured I wouldn't read it...so I had to know.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. I was soooo looking forward to reading this. BUT WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL IS THAT REVEAL!? Seriously???

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

    1. I'm sorry to ruin it for you. But it sounds like you might've had the same reaction as I did to the "twist", haha.

  9. Bummer!! I hope your next read was better!

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads

    1. Thanks, Erica! It would've been quite a feat for another book to make me as crazy as that twist did :)

  10. But how do you really feel?? lol

    What is this an 80's soap opera? lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. You always get the unfiltered truth from me, haha. Though life would be much easier if I could find a filter!


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