The book you’ll want to throw in your beach bag: Every Last Lie

Despite this past week being crazy busy, I still made time for a little reading. (Got to unwind somehow…) Last summer, I read Mary Kubica’s Don’t You Cry, so I was eager to dig into her latest novel, Every Last Lie. Plus, it’s part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge!

Last summer, I read Mary Kubica's Don’t You Cry, so I was eager to dig into her latest novel, Every Last Lie, and it doesn't disappoint.

Here’s the cover blurb:

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.

Last summer, I read Mary Kubica's Don’t You Cry, so I was eager to dig into her latest novel, Every Last Lie, and it doesn't disappoint.

My thoughts on Every Last Lie

I read this book in two days. I love the way the story slowly weaves together Nick’s last months leading up to the accident and Clara’s life after his death. A grieving Clara becomes suspicious about her husband’s death when her four-year-old daughter starts screaming about a bad man and a black car. As Clara starts piecing together Nick’s life before the accident, she learns that he’d been keeping secrets and that he might not have been the good man she thought he was. Wanting to protect his pregnant wife from his financial troubles, Nick stops confiding in Clara, and pretty soon he’s in over his head. But, will his problems cost him his life? As the suspects start mounting up, Clara can’t stop asking who killed Nick.

Reading Every Last Lie is like watching a spider spin its web. There’s a purpose to every point in the story, but it takes reading the whole book in order to unravel the truth about what happened to Nick. I really liked this psychological thriller because it felt grounded in the real world. In some ways, its exploration of grief reminded me of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. If you are looking for a new summer read, I definitely recommend picking up Every Last Lie.

What’s on your summer reading list?

P.S. If you are looking for more book suggestions, don’t miss You Will Know Me and Other Books!

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  1. I’m so glad you reviewed this because it’s been sitting in my Amazon wish list and I really think I want to read it now! I love your honest reviews!

  2. I’ve done something actionable, Ashley. I just added this book to my reading list (well, listening list, at the library. It’s a button away from being on hold for me.) Sounds like my kind of intrigue.

  3. Two days? That’s good going! I love it when you read a book quickly. This book sounds interesting and a bit sad.

    Corinne x

  4. I’m so proud of you for making time to read. I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to crack open a book since my vacation 3 weeks ago. This one looks like a serious page turner Ashley. Loving that pineapple cup.

  5. Okay, first of all… Do you know that the Yellow Wallpaper is one of my very favorite short stories of all time? So the fact that you just compared this book to the grief explored in that book… well, sold 🙂 I’ll have to add this to the list. I love me a good thriller!
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  6. I love suspenseful books, especially in the summer. This one sounds like a good one! Right now I’m reading “I Let You Go,” which is a thriller as well. So far so good!

  7. This sounds like a really good book, Ashley. thanks for the review. I don’t have a summer reading list per se. I’ve been so absorbed in editing but I’m finishing up a light read by Elizabeth Berg that would qualify as a beach read. Love her novels. I will check out the other recommendations and start putting together a list.
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