Tuesday, June 27, 2017

(56)Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Clara Solberg is in that postmortem haze when there is a knock at the door.  She hasn't slept in the few days since her son, Felix is born and she is confused by the officer standing at her door.  An accident?  Nick dead?  What they are saying does not make sense.  Her beloved father leaves her ailing mother and rushes to her side to help her navigate the next few excruciating days.  The decisions that must be made, the things to be done and still there is the care of Maisie and Felix.  The police are saying that Nick was driving too fast, was blinded by the sun, and hit a tree.  When Clara starts to hear Maisie have nightmares about the black car and the scary man she questions if it was really an accident.  She even goes so far as to knock on the doors of the houses near the accident.  All it takes is for one woman to say that she thinks she saw a black Chevy to send Clara down a dangerous path.   Will she be able to figure out who killed her husband and why?

Mary Kubica has outdone herself with Every Last Lie.  She tells the story in alternating voices.  Nick before the accident and Clara after the accident.   What you realize with this format is that their marriage was not as sound as Clara thought.  Nick was keeping a ridiculous amount of information from his wife under the guise of "protecting" her while she was pregnant.  Like his dental practice was sinking, he had a patient suing him for malpractice, and his ex-girlfriend was back saying he was the father of her son. Nick is feeling the financial pressure and the fact that he hasn't told Clara is putting their relationship at serious risk. On the one hand I understand Nick's reasons for keeping secrets, but on the other hand, I thought it was a jerky way to behave.  The more time that passes the more unglued Clara seems to be getting. I liked her and felt for the intense grief that was taking over her life.  The end was shockingly creative. I thought that I had it figured out several times, but I kept changing my mind and in the end, I was wrong.  Way wrong.  -- CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS -

Bottom line - Every Last Lie is going to be one of those books that will leave you speechless. There is a lot of details that the reader needs to pay attention to, but even then you may not figure it out.  Good luck, readers, let me know if you figured it out before the end!



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I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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