When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
Mary Kubica and Jojo Moynes are two authors I will not miss. If they have a new release coming out, I know I will read it. Mary Kubica just released When the Lights Go Out, and it sounded just as intriguing as her other novels. I was ready to go.
Jessie Sloane's mom is in the final stages of a battle against cancer. Jessie is exhausted. She put her life on hold to care for her mom. She can't imagine not wanting to be there.
When her mom finally succumbs to the cancer that's ravaged her, Jessie must finally live her life. She's able to find an apartment she can afford. She's ready to go to college. The college, however, informs her that her SSN is invalid. Jessie doesn't exist.
What begins is her quest to figure out who she is. If she's not really Jessie Sloane, what could it mean? As exhausted as she is, Jessie cannot take time to sleep. She must figure out where she came from and why her mother lied to her for all of these years.
I've already heard a lot of people talking about When the Lights Go Out. I know that the ending has infuriated many. Here's my take. I get it. I also pegged it way too early. That's my main reason for not loving this book. I had it figured out way too early.
Do this mean I hated the book? No. I was absorbed in the women's stories. I wanted to see how it would all come together in the end.
Is it the best of Kubica's novels? Also no. I have loved her writing, but this one wasn't as fascinating to me as the others. I liked it, but it's not a book I'd consider a keeper.