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When the Lights Go Out

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  15,834 ratings  ·  2,537 reviews
A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security numb
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Park Row
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Well, that was some bullshit. I should have known better than to give this a try after reading Every Last Lie, which was a story where (view spoiler). So I don't know why I'm surprised that in this book (view spoiler). I was really invested in the (view spoiler) and stayed up all night to find out what happened, only to find out that again, (v ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

When 18-year-old Jessie’s mother Eden dies, her whole world collapses. She learns she might not be who she thought to be as she doesn’t have a social security number or birth certificate. She never knew her father, and wonders why her mother tried so hard to keep her identity a secret. She begins t piece together little clues about her true identity. At the same time, she is suffering both physically and mentally from her mother’s death. She hasn’t slept for days and her insomnia is c
Susanne  Strong
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
4.35 Stars* (rounded up).

Wild Perfection.

My oh my, this was a compelling and heartbreaking read my friends! Mary Kubica is the master of suspense and sure knows how to keep the reader on their toes. Like a spider caught in a web, I couldn’t pull myself away from “When The Lights Go Out.”

1996: Eden and Aaron are happily married: they hold hands, sit outside and cuddle in each other’s arms, content. Eden, however is desperate for a baby. Completely consumed with need, she can’t eat or sleep. Fe
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
KUBICA.... GIRL!! After all that?!! You've got to be kidding me!

Ok..... here we go. This was my first experience with this author and my goodness was it an experience. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this author... so I can't compare anything since this was my first read by her.
By all means.. please don't let MY own opinions stop you from reading this book... especially if you're a fan of this author. I tend to be on an outlier island like usual with all my books :).

Let me just
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Startling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

WOW! Whether intentional or not this book definitely has an ending that has caused some controversy... for me the ending was absolute PERFECTION! It made every piece of the puzzle in this book fall into place and make complete sense....I’ve read other reviews and people described their reaction to the twist as a gasp, or frustration, or pure hatred... not me... my reaction was.... AHA! now I understand..... now I get what ____ was,And why ____ happened! This is not to sa
WOW! I was riveted as I read this book. My mind was racing and suspicions were at an all time high. This book is definitely a slow burn. It simply simmers as you read. You are seeped into anxiety right alongside the main character, Jessie.

The story is told from two main viewpoints and alternating timelines. We experience Jessie's story firsthand, in the present. While also uncovering her mother, Eden's story, told from the past. Their's is a relationship built on a secret. Secrets always have a
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stunning & Insomnia Inducing Stars!

Having read all of Mary Kubica’s books to date and enjoyed them, I jumped at the chance of reading her latest, When the Lights Go Out. She is a go-to author of mine and always has me eagerly awaiting for her next release.

I have seen some mixed reviews for this one and some not so favorable thoughts on that ending but for me that ending totally worked. I was tickled pink that Mary Kubica totally shocked and floored me with that unexpected ending! These types
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Kubica has taken a foray in an unusual direction from her usual psychological thrillers with this mystery featuring Jessie Sloane set in Chicago. She is a young woman who has spent so much of her life caring for her dying mother, Eden, afflicted with a debilitating form of cancer. There has only been her mum and Jessie, for as long as Jessie can remember, with her mother being less than forthcoming as to the identity of her father. Before she dies, her mother tells her to find herself and f ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 smoldering, shocking stars to When the Lights Go Out! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Mary Kubica is a go-to author of mine for a smoldering, slow-burning fix. I can rely on her storytelling to be emotive and easy to fall into. When the Lights Go Out has a rather controversial ending! Read on to see how I felt about it (without spoilers, of course!).

When the Lights Go Out is told in alternating timelines: Jessie in the present day and Eden in 1996.

Eden desperately wants to be a mother. Her narrative is focused on
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars!

Addictive. Emotional. Gripping. Tension-filled.

I’ve heard so many fantastic things about Mary Kubica. This was my first experience reading her work and it definitely lived up to the hype!

This story revolves around Jessie Sloane, a young woman who loses her mother to cancer after many exhausting years battling the disease. Jessie feels alone in the world and needs to push herself to focus and move forward. While applying for college, Jessie stumbles across a mysterious detail from he
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Dark, twisted, and emotional—this book haunted me! I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t look away. I have heard wonderful things about Mary Kubica, but I must admit this is the first book I read by her. The clever way all of the clues were in the story and how they unlocked the twist was wonderful. And that twist! It has been quite the controversy in the book world because I can tell you, of all the twists you can imagine it probably won’t be the one that occurs. And that in and of itself deser ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Needing some time to think on this one and process... But reader, go into this blind. Full review to come.

*I received a review copy via the publisher.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mary Kubica gets so much right: the effects of sleep deprivation, the manifestations of grief, the physical symptoms of impending death in a person with a terminal illness, as well as the emotional turmoil of infertility and its detrimental effects on a marriage. I appreciate how much she researches her topics and gives her readers an accurate portrayal of these issues.

Told in a dual narrative, I found both story lines compelling. The current day story revolves around Jessie who is grieving her
Carol (Bookaria)
This novel had an unexpected ending which you may love or hate. In my case, it upset me but then I made peace with it. It is the kind of ending that will make you say to the book: Are you serious? you cannot possibly do this to me!

And after all those emotions I concluded it was still worth the read.

Jessica Sloane is a 17-year old who applied for college and was informed her social security number does not belong to her. From then on we follow the main character trying to unravel the mystery
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Having read two of Mary Kubica's previous books and thinking that they were fantastic, I was excited to have an opportunity to read her latest, "When the Lights Go Out."
I finished it a few days ago but needed time to digest the book and it's ending. I am torn. I feel that Kubica gives us the makings of something great but misses the mark at the end. It reminds me of people that rave about an amazing meal they had a particular restaurant you want to go to. Your excited and anticipate a mouth wate
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Mary Kubica and this is the fourth book of hers that I have read. While it's not my favorite of hers, it still kept me awake all night with the familiar chant of "just one more chapter" until I found myself at the end of the book as the sun was rising. From the beginning you know what's happening as it doesn't appear that the author is trying to hide a twist from you... or is she? This could have been a five star from me if not for the out-of-the-blue plot twist towards the end ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
When the Lights Go Out......

Kinda like "last call" at your local bar. You feel definitely woozy as you slide off that bar stool, but there's never been a drop of liquor in your glass after all.

Mary Kubica has truffled with our truffles here.

Kubica presents the story of Jessie Sloane, a young twenty year old, who faces the heaviness of her mother's last days after a diagnosis of cancer. Jessica fights sleep with a troublesome case of insomnia. In a zombie-like state, she keeps watchful vigil ove
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mary Kubica is one of my favourite authors and I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of her latest book When The Lights Go Out. I have read all her previous books and loved them and this book was excellent. I was hooked from the first page to the last. I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. I felt great sympathy for the characters and Eden's story was extremely emotional.
I would never have predicted the ending. I can't wait for her next book.
I would like to thank NetG
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I was drawn in right away into the lives and struggles of our two main characters here with Jessie in the present dealing with insomnia and grief from losing her mother and Eden in the past with Eden dealing with infertility issues that start to unravel her life.

When both women's lives start to unravel they both become unreliable leaving me with so many questions as the suspense and tension increased.  I raced through the story as fast as I could, entertained and excited to get to that final rev
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jessica Sloan’s mother has just died of cancer. She spent the past several years caring for her mother and now it’s time to move on. She puts their house up for sale, rents a carriage house apartment and applies for college. But her Social Security number has raised a red flag with her college application. Jesse is mystified and begins a crusade to determine who she really is. With the shock of her mother’s death and the question of her identity she finds herself unable to sleep. As days
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica is a thriller that is told through again using alternating timelines and alternating points of view. Jessie is our character from the present timeline and Eden from the past.

The story begins with Jessie at her mother’s bedside as it seems along battle with cancer is coming to an end. Jessie has put her whole life on hold to be with her mother in these last few years as the battle went back and forth and now that it’s coming to an end Jessie needs to find out
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, ebook
Jessie Sloane's mom has passed away, but before doing so, she encouraged Jessie to find herself. Jessie decides to apply to college, but the college flags her social security number. Apparently it belongs to someone who is deceased. As Jessie attempts to unravel the bureaucracy behind her application, she becomes more and more convinced that something is up with her past. Even worse, her thoughts are jumbled by the fact that she hasn't slept well since her mother's death. She's no longer able to ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 tragic but loving stars
My review can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

In this well written drama, Mary Kubica confronts two issues that have plagued women, that of infertility and that of insomnia. Statistics say that 12.1% of women suffer with infertility problems while 6.7% are actually infertile. Sixty million people suffer from some level of sleep disorder. While there is medical treatment for infertility, it can cost in upwards of one hundred thousand dollars. Insura
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the lights go out is the second book by Mary kubica that I've read and I'm not sure why I've missed a couple because this is better than the first book I read.
It's page flipping addictive, but saying that it's a slow pace book which when you reach the ending you can't quite believe you've finished but then has one of those endings which makes you feel 'OH MY GOD' that just did not happen,you can proberly finish in one sitting (which I wish I had the time to do 🙁) I highly recommended this b
Jessie Sloane is sitting vigil next to her mother who has reached the final stage of her terminal cancer. For all of her life, it’s been just the two of them and questions regarding her father remain unanswered. As the final moment arrives, Jessie begins her descent into the search for her identity as she learns she may not legally exist. Further complicating matters is her inability to sleep as her insomnia stretches into days. We’re also given her mother’s point of view, beginning in 1996, as ...more
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I told her that we’re trying. Trying to have a child, trying to start a family. An odd choice of words for creating a baby, if you ask me. Trying is how one learns to ride a bike. To knit, to sew. To write poetry.

The frustration over my identity boils inside me until I feel myself begin to lose it. All this red tape preventing me from getting what I need, from proving who I am. I’m starting to question it myself. Am I still me?

It’s an insidious way to die, I think, from lack of
Judy D Collins
Check out my fascinating Q&A Elevator Ride with Mary Kubica My first interview with one of my very favorite authors! I am thrilled for everyone to dive into WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT. Get all the behind the scenes exclusives and more about this talented author.

An avid fan, from her smashing debut, THE GOOD GIRL (acquired for film), PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY, EVERY LAST LIE to her latest, psychological thriller—WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT. Everything this bestselling author (a favorite), Ma
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin/Hanover Square Press for the ARC of When the Lights Go Out. I struggled with giving this book a one-star rating, but decided on two because I liked the premise, and I was enjoying the book for until about the 30% mark. Then the book just went round and round until the mid 90% point. Then came the ending, so beyond belief, and to me, a really lazy way to end a novel.
Erin Clemence
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel.

When Jessie Sloane’s mother dies, she is suddenly thrust into adulthood. When she tries to apply for college funding, her application is denied, stating that there are problems with her identity. She attempts to apply for identification and here too, she is greeted with red flags. As she continues to research her background, she finds out about a little girl named Jessie Sloane, who died three years before Jessie
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Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many novels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.

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