Review: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Published by: Harlequin/Park Row Books

Date of Publication: June 27th 2017

Genres: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Pages: 331

Format: eGalley

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*HUGE thanks to Harlequin/Park Row Books, Netgalley, and Mary Kubica for the eGalley copy of Every Last Lie in exchange for an honest opinion

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche. 

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.” 

Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

WoW! ok! here goes my attempt to write words that will do this book justice…I’ll start off by saying that this is my 1st book by Kubica & that I am now going to need all the monies just so that I can read all her other books smh haha! No but seriously, I have heard plenty about this author on all of the well known platforms & knew that I’d be reading her books at some point. Every Last Lie just so happened to pique my interest because it features a young mom as the protagonist as well as her deceased husband through alternating POV’s. As a young mom myself I thought hmmm…a relatable new character possibly? well sort of, in the sense that this can actually happen & unfortunately has to many others. I don’t know about you but I try to live an honest life & part of the reason for that is, I don’t want anyone to be hurt by anything left unsaid when my day comes. This book had me hooked from start to finish at all hours of the day & night. My heart went out to Clara who just lost her husband and is left with her 4 year old daughter & an infant son. She’s still in the post delivery months trying to adjust to her new life as mommy of 2. This is a time of exhaustion for Clara who is learning her new baby, his wants and needs and also adjusting to her post baby body. The last thing she could’ve fathomed was losing her husband in a tragic car accident.

It’s so easy to judge Clara as we read along and count the times she leaves her babies in the car with the windows down while she tries to get information on Nick’s death. The thing is, she’s doing the best she can & with that comes trying to console her 4 year old daughter who was in the car & miraculously walked away unharmed. Clara’s little girl is having recurring night terrors that wake her up running to the nearest safest hiding place. She’s running from “the bad man” but won’t say more than that which leaves Clara with so many questions & no answers. We see her try to put bits and pieces together on Nick’s state of affairs before his death and with that you see her make many assumptions. This is Clara trying to get some sort of closure on losing her husband & I felt every bit of desperation she was feeling.

Through alternating POV’s we get Nicks narrative before his tragic passing & I neither loved or hated him if I’m being honest. Nick is a man trying his hardest to provide for his wife & kids as a dentist with his own private practice. In a field that is extremely competitive, his office wasn’t doing well at all and this led to him making some very bad decisions. Decisions that he kept away from his wife who he loved & wasn’t trying to stress out with financial worries. He adored his beautiful wife & the comfortable life they lived and so instead chose to find other means of making money. We follow Nick from one bad decision to the next all the while knowing that it doesn’t end well.

The way Kubica chose to write Every last Lie was very effective in giving the reader a sense of desperation felt by both Nick and Clara. Nick had one foot in bankruptcy & the other in denial. Clara was coming off the hinges trying to piece together Nicks troubles. I kept rooting for Clara to get some closure & start living her new life but that wasn’t going to happen until she could separate fact from fiction. We see her turn over every rock looking for answers to questions about their financial ruin & their own marriage. I sat up reading & hoping that at the very least, Nick really loved his wife. Such a rollercoaster of a emotions during my time with this book but all I can say is, please READ this book! haha! If you’re someone who loves a good mystery/suspense novel on the beach, this is for you! If you’re getting your Fall TBR ready & filling it up with mystery/suspense, this is for you! I’m hooked *adds Kubica to auto-buy list*


Lovely Bookworms! who has already read Every Last Lie? Thoughts? & for the Kubica fans, pretty please leave below your fave Kubica book 🙂

Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

18 thoughts on “Review: Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica”

    1. Thank you Inge! I’ve added a The Good Girl to my TBR, heard so many good things about that one 😄 & I’m glad my enthusiasm translated well cuz this was one I really enjoyed 😃💕

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  1. Great review for this book Lilly, it sounds like a really interesting one as well. I’ve never heard of a book like this, that alternates POVs between the wife trying to find out what happened to her husband as well as going back and looking at the husbands last few months. It must have made for an interesting journey as you see both Nick’s life and Clara’s investigation.
    I’m really glad you enjoyed this book Lilly. This sounds like an attention-grabbing book with great developed characters, and you must have really enjoyed it if you’ve added Mary Kubica to your auto-buy list! 😀


  2. Ooohhhh my instinct and your review tell me to add this to my list, so I am! I love that the author went with alternating PoV that offers you a look into Nick’s final months. I feel that this type of narration really enhances mystery/thrillers when executed well. I do admit I find myself shaking my head at the mention of leaving Maisie in the car. Huge no no in my parenting book 😉

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    1. Bahhhha! I really enjoyed the writing technique she employed with this one Danielle 💙 & do believe it was executed well, I’ll def be reading more Kubica this Fall. The constant leaving of the kids in the car really got to me but It worked in showing me just how much she’d come undone. It’s a def no no in my parent book as well 😌

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  3. This book sounds so good! I always love a good mystery! It sounds like the author did a wonderful job in creating a proper amount of suspense and mystery. I really like how the story provides us with Nick’s POV and the secrets he held before his unfortunate passing. It adds a bit more drama and emotion to this type of story, I think. I really want to read this one now! Great review, Lilly! So happy that you really enjoyed it! 😀


  4. Wonderful review Lilly. Yay! So happy to see this was a 5-star read for you! What was I going to do with my signed copy had you deemed it dull?! As you know I attended the book tour for this, so I have already been jazzed to read it since then. Mary loves to alternate POV’s and jump around on the timelines, but I find it very interesting she chose to write from the dead husbands POV. I bet that makes for an emotional read at times. I cannot imagine losing my husband, let alone with two small children at home.


  5. Great review,I just finished reading this one,I really liked it up until the final chapters, I don’t know I felt a little cheated. I still gave it a 4 Star and you should read the Good Girl I really like that one by the same author.


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