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Book Review: “Every Last Lie” by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie

Title:  Every Last Lie

Author: Mary Kubica

Synopsis (from bn.com):  A widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche in this exhilarating thriller from New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica

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. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And 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.

My thoughts:   Lately, I’ve become obsessed with Mary Kubica’s books . . . I have 4 on my shelf, have finished 2, and yes I just ordered the other 2 I don’t have.   I just can’t put them down once I start . . .buckle up and enjoy the ride!!

This one unfortunately gets mixed reviews from me . . . only because of the absolutely horrible ending!   I thought the book itself once again in Kubica style, took the reader on a mind game of a journey . . . all sorts of possibilities as to what may have actually happened, just when you think you for sure have it figured out there is another twist and you are another great ride.

And then unfortunately . . . comes the ending . . . absolutely anticlimactic, ridiculous, horrible waste of time ending.   The last few pages of this book and the resolution of the story literally ruined the entire book for me . . . which I actually enjoyed!    Ugh, so frustrated with this one . . .

Anyway . . . reader beware, if you don’t want to be frustrated don’t read this one!!!!

 

And remember

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Don’t You Cry” by Mary Kubica

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Title:  Don’t You Cry

Author:  Mary Kubica

Synopsis (from bn.com):  An electrifying tale of deceit and obsession

In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.

 

My thoughts:   I can’t believe this book has been on my shelf for years and I’ve just been starting at it.   Love, love, LOVED this book and it’s author.   I was in a bit of a reading slump lately so reached for a good psychological thriller and this certainly fit the bill . . . phew what a ride.

About a third of the way in once I was starting to get familiar with the main characters, I could just feel it was getting creepy . . . although I couldn’t identify why or how.    Then as each chapter passed, the book got increasingly creepy and I knew something wasn’t right.

I literally couldn’t put this book down and then couldn’t wait to pick it up again, in fact little secret – I got up this morning, made myself a cup of coffee, came back up in my bed to drink coffee and read for about 2 hours until I finished this book.   I had to see the resolution and the end did not disappoint.   Great read and I immediately went to myself to pick out another Mary Kubica I had right there.

If you are looking for a psychological thriller that takes you on a fast, fun ride . . . read it!!!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “The Breakdown” by B. A. Paris

breakdownTitle:  The Breakdown

Author:  B. A. Paris

Synopsis (from bn.com):

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

And the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

You won’t be able to put down B. A. Paris’s The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

 

My thoughts:  The “Buy 2 Get One Free” Psychological Thriller Bay at my local Barnes & Noble is getting me into a lot of book buying trouble recently!  Phew.

I saw this title on in that bay, saw that it was by the same author as Behind Closed Door (Amazing read, get your hands on it now!) and knew I had to give it a try.  I was most definitely not disappointed.

I thought this was an amazing read!  Fast-paced, psychological thriller that I literally couldn’t put down, finished it in one day – no doubt!

B.A Paris is a master at seriously playing with the reader’s mind and own sanity while reading her books.   About a quarter of the way through the book it was messing with my mind, half way through I was pretty sure I was the one who was losing my mind, and by the end I was just plain . . . “no way, are you kidding me?, no way” talking to the book!

I must admit some of it I did have a bit figured out about half way through given it’s rather predictable, but the way it is written worked great for me!

I was in a bit of a reading slump and this most definitely pulled me out.

Great read, fast-paced thriller . . . you won’t be disappointed.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “Behind Closed Doors” by B. A. Paris

behindcloseddoorsTitle: Behind Closed Doors

Author:  B.A. Paris

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

 

My thoughts:  Oh my goodness . . . this book was amazing!  I literally couldn’t put it down and finished it in a couple of hours.   This book was an incredibly fast read due to an amazing plot line . . . but I have to say the descriptions of emotional abuse in this book are incredibly disturbing – like disturbing to the point of feeling uncomfortable.

Its a bizarre mix of Stepford Wives meets Fatal Attraction.  At times the book was so disturbing I wondered if should stop reading . .  but it just drew me in.

The end was good . . . but without giving too much away .. . I wish it would have been even more satisfying.

Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book . . . definitely worth the read.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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