When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

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Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels. Her book When the Lights Go Out went out in September 2018. Learn more about the author and her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.


Mary Kubica is the author of the novels The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, Don’t you cry and Every Last Lie and When The Lights Go Out. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.

A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.

She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

Her first novel The Good Girl was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014.

Mary Kubica has been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).

She is currently working on her next novel.

Let’s take a closer look now at her latest book to date, When the Lights Go Out (out in September 2018 in Amazon).


“A twisty, captivating, edge-of-your-seat read.” —Megan Miranda, bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“Creepy and oh so clever!” —Alice Feeney, bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

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  1. What a great book this was! Woah! It’s a well written psychological thriller! I put 5 stars for its plot and writing. It will keep you on the edge of your seat as it did for me. I enjoyed the dark and twisty story line. This story of Jessie is everyone’s worst nightmare. It kept me guessing til the end. I would highly recommend this book!

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