When the Lights Go Out – book review ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Published by Park Row

Published on September 4th 2018


What started out as a very promising psychological thriller, When the Lights Go Out ended as a huge let down. There are just some plot twists that are so cliché they make me twitch. This was one of them.

This was my very first Mary Kubica book and having heard so many good things, I was ecstatic to get my hands on this book. When the Lights Go Out is a story about Jessica, who spent years caring for her sick mother. Trying to get back on track after her mother dies, Jessie realizes something is amiss with her identity. Going days without sleep, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what is made up.

This much I will say, Jessie’s state of mind makes this story the psychological thriller that it is. Kubica does a fantastic job creating a state of unease, never letting the reader be able to discern reality from sleep deprivation. And just when you think you know what’s going on, about 50% of the way through, you’ll be wrong.

The narrative changes by chapter, a common practice in most newer novels. The air of mystery is what will keep you reading until the end, making this a quick read you won’t want to put down. In fact you won’t be able to let go, yearning for answers. However, the answer at the end is what knocks off two stars for me. Kubica could have gone so many directions and instead….she went with the most dramatic version of a cliché ending as possible.

The writing is good and the mystery is there, it just fell short for me.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Park Row for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Lena May

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