Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica


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“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.” 

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.


Every Last Lie is right. So many lies.

I am a huge fan of Mary Kubica’s writing. It is a slow burn and the suspense creeps up on you with time. While this particular story was a bit slower than my liking, it really picked up about half way through and left me breathless and needing to know which lie precipitated this awful tragedy. And yet, I felt totally let down by the conclusion. There was so much buildup and then it flatlined for me to the point where I feel like I am missing something, some hidden message that my brain didn’t grasp.

These characters definitely ran me through a gamut of emotions – fear, pity, sympathy, disbelief, frustration, and on and on.

I loved the dual narrative of Clara (present) and Nick (near past). It really helped to build up the tension and backstory and gave a real sense of suspense. I have to say it would be no easy feat to create a storyline in this fashion, and it’s very well done.

All in all, the pacing and the conclusion didn’t work for me with this one. I will still read each and every one of Mary Kubica’s books!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 out of 5 stars.

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