Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Park Row Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017

I love Mary Kubica's novels. They always hook me into the story and hold me entranced until the final word. Every Last Lie was no different, until the ending anyway. I'm still trying to really decide how I feel about the ending.

As her newborn son is not in the mood for an outing, Clara Solberg stays behind with him while her four-year-old daughter, Maisie, and her husband, Nick, go off to Maisie's dance class. The last words Clara says to him are "get Chinese." He's killed in a crash on the way home.

Clara is not convinced the police are right, however, when they blame Nick's speed for causing the crash. Maisie is having horrible nightmares about a bad man and is suddenly terrified of black sedans. Could Nick have been forced off the road?

With the police not investigating as Clara wants, she decides to start asking questions on her own. Who is this "bad man" and how did Nick really die?

Like all Mary Kubica novels, Every Last Lie takes many twists. I thought I had it figured out, but it's not what you'd expect. I was fooled. Kudos to the author for keeping me guessing. I also wish that there had been more closure. I'm not sure I was done spending time with Clara and her family.

The fast pace and well-developed characters keep you intrigued. The story is told from both Nick and Clara's viewpoints, and it bounces between the past and present. Usually that annoys me, but in this case, it really works. It gives an in-depth look into both characters and the events leading up to the crash. While it's not my favorite Kubica novel, it's still an excellent summer read.


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