Melody

Park Row Books | June 2017 | 336 pgs
Source: Library



Mary Kubica's latest release, Every Last Lie, is a suspenseful psychological thriller that will make you think of deception and how well you know your significant one when bad things happen. 

Clara and Nick Solberg are a happily married couple with a four-year-old Maisie and baby Felix. Unfortunately their happiness is short-lived as Nick was met in an automobile accident and was killed while Maisie miraculously survived. In the subsequent days Maisie seems terrified and keep saying that a bad man was following them. Clara isn't sure if Maisie's statement is simply her imagination, after all she does have her playful moments and on top of that the police has certified that it was an accident caused by Nick's reckless speeding. Clara knew Nick was always careful when their children are concerned, so she finds it hard to believe that Nick was really speeding with Maisie in the car. With this in mind and Maisie's statement she is certain that Nick's death is simply not an accident but something or someone that drove him into it. 

Overcome by grief and this obsession that Nick was pursued by someone that led to his death, Clara is determined and desperate to hunt for the truth. As the more she digs, the more she discovers that Nick is hiding something from her. Nick was in a financial crisis as she later found out that the business of his dental clinic went downhill following a client's complaint. To add insult to injury, she also found out a few things which make her in doubt of Nick's credibility. Could Nick committed suicide with all his guilt and depression? What really caused his death and what does Clara believe? Maisie's vivid imagination, suicide or murder? 

Told in Clara's perspective and Nick's last month's leading up to the crash alternatively, Every Last Lie was an engrossing read between finding the truth and discovering how grief and obsession could drive a person to the darkest corners of the psyche. Clara's pain and misery was well described but at times it seemed a bit overwhelming. While I wasn't enamoured by the twisty ending, I've to admit the story was intense and suspenseful. 


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6 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    Sometimes the twists are a bit much, aren't they? Still the book does sound suspenseful!


  2. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Yep. Some twists are a real surprise while some are just...that. Still this was quite an intense read and I'm glad I read it.


  3. I am glad you liked this one, even with reservations about the ending. This certainly sounds intense! I haven't tried anything by Kubica. One of these days. :-)


  4. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I've only read two Kubica books so far and I find them to be an OK read. They're good but not so good to wow me, though. Still, I want to read her other books. :)


  5. Lark Says:

    When it comes to twists at the end of a suspense novel, sometimes less is more. :)


  6. Melody Says:

    Lark - I agree. But for this case, it's more like a meh feeling to me.