Format: E-Galley, 288 pages
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Park Row Books
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
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.
Mary Kubica's Every Last Lie explores one woman's tragedy & grief after her husband and daughter are in a car crash that claims his life, but leaves her daughter physically safe. The story alternatives chapters back and forth between Clara Solberg & her husband Nick, leading up to the accident. The story begins right after Nick and Maisie are in a car accident and days after Clare gives birth to her baby boy Felix. Clare is told that Nick is guilty of driving too fast and that he alone is to blame for what happened.
Clare refuses to accept the findings. Especially after Maisie becomes terrified of black cars and the bad man who is supposed to be after her. Do we trust the imagination of a 4 year old, or do we truly believe that something nefarious happened right before the accident? While Clare investigates what really happened to Nick, she also struggles with things she finds along the way. Clare's grief is the underlying factor in not only her decision making, but her refusal to accept the facts as they are provided to her. There are other things on Clare's plate as well, not including the fact that her own mother has dementia, and has a tendency of having hallucinations.
We also get the final moments of Nick's life as he struggles with a host of issues and challenges from becoming a new father again, to keeping his dentistry open and solvent, to fighting a frivolous lawsuit that could change everything. Nick isn't a bad guy by any means. He loves Clare, Maisie, and Felix unconditionally. But, he hurts himself by keeping secrets from Clare. Nick is one of those characters who you just can't help to be curious about because he seems to dig himself deeper and deeper into a quagmire of his own making but it's not because he's doing anything against the law. One could say that a storm of epic proportions could have been prevented in any number of ways had Nick just told Clare what was happening.
Every Last Lie is an engaging novel that grips you from the beginning, until the surprise and perhaps shocking ending. I do have a minor issue with this story, however. I have read where others have had the same issue. The issue is with Nick's and his attempts at making money to pay his bills and keeping his family from suffering. No spoilers. I won't tell you how he does it, but I will say that you have to ask yourself where that money ended up? After all, the story runs out without any resolution as to whether or not Clare eventually finds out what Nick did. Could save a whole lot of heart break.