When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out

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 numb...

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Title:When the Lights Go Out
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When the Lights Go Out Reviews

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    4.5 Stunning & Insomnia Inducing Stars!

    Having read all of Mary Kubica’s books to date and enjoyed them, I jumped at the chance of reading her latest, When the Lights Go Out. She is a go-to author of mine and always has me eagerly awaiting for her next release.

    I have seen some mixed reviews for this one and some not so favorable thoughts on that ending but for me that ending totally worked. I was tickled pink that Mary Kubica totally shocked and floored me with that unexpected ending! These t

    4.5 Stunning & Insomnia Inducing Stars!

    Having read all of Mary Kubica’s books to date and enjoyed them, I jumped at the chance of reading her latest, When the Lights Go Out. She is a go-to author of mine and always has me eagerly awaiting for her next release.

    I have seen some mixed reviews for this one and some not so favorable thoughts on that ending but for me that ending totally worked. I was tickled pink that Mary Kubica totally shocked and floored me with that unexpected ending! These types of books are what I seek and when little snippets of the mystery are hidden so well in the narrative, when the reveal comes and falls all into place, leaving me gasping out loud in awe, then I’m pretty much elated and totally satisfied.

    WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by MARY KUBICA is a riveting, suspenseful, and an emotionally gripping tale that had me totally glued to those pages and swiping at breakneck speed. I was immediately drawn into this story and totally intrigued in the storyline which had me totally bewildered pretty much right up to the very end.

    MARY KUBICA delivers a clever, twisty, unpredictable and thought-provoking story here with well-developed and interesting characters told between Jessie’s perspective in present tense and Eden, Jessie’s mother in past tense. I enjoyed both of these characters perspectives equally and had empathy for both of them, especially Jessie as some things that Jessie endured with her insomnia was very relatable and scary for me to read. The path that Eden’s character chose wasn’t without some pondering on my part though.

    Publishing Date: September 4, 2018

    Intriguing and a fitting representation to storyline.

    Love the title! Extremely fitting and brilliantly ties into plot.

    Well-written, beautiful and engaging

    Interesting, held my attention, and a little different

    Totally unexpected and shocking! But, maybe a little controversial but in my opinion fit the story well and ended just the way I wanted it to.

    A fantastic and an all-consuming read! Would recommend but my advice is to go into this one blind as I did and always do.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin/Park Row, and Mary Kubica for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. Thoughts in this review are all mine!

    Review written and posted on Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading book blog:

  • Berit☀️✨

    4.5 Startling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

    WOW! Whether intentional or not this book definitely has an ending that has caused some controversy... for me the ending was absolute PERFECTION! It made every piece of the puzzle in this book fall into place and make complete sense....I’ve read other reviews and people described their reaction to the twist as a gasp, or frustration, or pure hatred... not me... my reaction was.... AHA! now I understand..... now I get what ____ was,And why ____ happened! This is not to sa

    4.5 Startling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

    WOW! Whether intentional or not this book definitely has an ending that has caused some controversy... for me the ending was absolute PERFECTION! It made every piece of the puzzle in this book fall into place and make complete sense....I’ve read other reviews and people described their reaction to the twist as a gasp, or frustration, or pure hatred... not me... my reaction was.... AHA! now I understand..... now I get what ____ was,And why ____ happened! This is not to say I don’t understand why this ending did not appeal to everybody, because I do... but I think everyone needs to read the book and figure out if it works for them or not....

    This was my very first Mary Kubica Book... and I’m not sure why, but I can guarantee I will remedy that real quick.... her writing was so beautiful and smooth, almost lyrical.... even though this was a slow burning suspense I found the pacing perfect... The characters were so well drawn and relatable... I empathized with Eden’s struggles and felt Jessie’s grief.... all the little hints sprinkled throughout this book that made that ending so perfect for me, were just brilliant....

    Told from Jesse’s point of view in the present and Eden’s point of view in 1996.... Jesse is a young 20-year-old grieving the loss of her mother and trying to figure out who she really is... literally trying to figure out who she is, after finding out that her Social Security number belongs to a dead girl... eden is a young wife struggling with infertility.... my mind ran through so many scenarios as to who Jesse really was and what Eden had done.... both mother and daughter had tremendous love and respect for one another... you just wanted there to be a good answer for all of your questions....

    Absolutely recommend to those who enjoy a good suspense thriller filled with some surprising twists....

    *** many thanks to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

  • Paromjit

    Mary Kubica has taken a foray in an unusual direction from her usual psychological thrillers with this mystery featuring Jessie Sloane set in Chicago. She is a young woman who has spent so much of her life caring for her dying mother, Eden, afflicted with a debilitating form of cancer. There has only been her mum and Jessie, for as long as Jessie can remember, with her mother being less than forthcoming as to the identity of her father. Before she dies, her mother tells her to find herself and f

    Mary Kubica has taken a foray in an unusual direction from her usual psychological thrillers with this mystery featuring Jessie Sloane set in Chicago. She is a young woman who has spent so much of her life caring for her dying mother, Eden, afflicted with a debilitating form of cancer. There has only been her mum and Jessie, for as long as Jessie can remember, with her mother being less than forthcoming as to the identity of her father. Before she dies, her mother tells her to find herself and forge a new path in her life. Jessie has found somewhere new to live, with plans to enrol on a college course, a path that is derailed when the college contacts her to inform her that her social security number belongs to a long dead 3 year old child called Jess. Along with a story narrated by Jessie, there is a parallel narrative from Eden in a journal from the 1990s, with a happy home and marriage to Aaron, but racked by a desperate plight, her inability to have children. Where will her terrible predicament take her?

    Burdened by a grief and sorrow that is tearing her apart, a shell shocked Jessie embarks on a mystery quest to determine who she is, as she questions every aspect of her life. She is further hampered by a never ending insomnia, resulting in chronic sleeplessness, her mind wanders, her memory is atrocious, her emotions are all over the place and she is suffering from hallucinations. Her escalating paranoia makes Jessie an unreliable narrator as indeed is Eden. Jessie and Eden's stories run separately through the book until they finally connect in the end. There are twists, some exasperating, leaving you feeling up in air, wondering whether it was worth reading this book, but in a tale of family, love, loss and what it is to be a woman experiencing the urgent primeval need for a child, these themes are paramount in making this a thought provoking read. Mary Kubica's writing is beautiful and engaging, sustaining my interest throughout, alleviating my disappointment in other more flawed aspects of the storytelling. Many thanks to Harlequin for an ARC.

  • Susanne Strong

    1996: Eden and Aaron are happily married: they hold hands, sit outside and cuddle in each other’s arms, content. Eden, however is desperate for a baby. Completely consumed with need, she can’t eat or sleep. Fe

    1996: Eden and Aaron are happily married: they hold hands, sit outside and cuddle in each other’s arms, content. Eden, however is desperate for a baby. Completely consumed with need, she can’t eat or sleep. Fertility treatments, IVF, you name it - Eden will stop at nothing to accomplish her goal of having a child of her own.

    Present Day: Jessie is all alone in this world. She hasn’t slept for days and is now having trouble functioning. To make matters worse, she discovers that her social security number is invalid and since she doesn’t have a driver's license or a birth certificate, she can’t get one. Therefore, Jessie, begins to question her own existence and the foundations upon which she was raised.

    “When The Lights Go Out” gets a little crazy, my mind was spinning like a vinyl record. I couldn’t keep track (pun intended, ha ha) of everything Eden and Jessie were going through. My stomach was in knots and my nerves were on edge. Now, this is a novel I’d heard a lot about prior to diving in, you know why - that Ending!! Mary Kubica - you got people talking!!! While I was waiting for it, I had an inkling …perhaps because it made sense? Or well, maybe because I had recently had a conversation with my book buddy about another book we just read which we thought would have a similarly ending?! That said, I personally think this ending fit the story really well and I loved it folks! So there you have it - Mary Kubica’s tale grabbed me from the get go. It’s brilliant, captivating and downright heart-wrenching and I highly recommend it.

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Park Row, NetGalley, Harlequin - Hanover Square Press - Park Row, and Mary Kubica for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley, Goodreads and Twitter on 9.8.18.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Mary Kubica is a go-to author of mine for a smoldering, slow-burning fix. I can rely on her storytelling to be emotive and easy to fall into. When the Lights Go Out has a rather controversial ending! Read on to see how I felt about it (without spoilers, of course!).

    When the Lights Go Out is told in alternating timelines: Jessie in the present day and Eden in 1996.

    Eden desperately wants to be a mother. Her narrative is focused on tha

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Mary Kubica is a go-to author of mine for a smoldering, slow-burning fix. I can rely on her storytelling to be emotive and easy to fall into. When the Lights Go Out has a rather controversial ending! Read on to see how I felt about it (without spoilers, of course!).

    When the Lights Go Out is told in alternating timelines: Jessie in the present day and Eden in 1996.

    Eden desperately wants to be a mother. Her narrative is focused on that side of things. Jesse, Eden’s daughter, in the present time is struggling with caring for her mother and in the aftermath of her loss, as Eden has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is nearing the end of her life.

    After years of caretaking for her mother, Jessie is faced with rebuilding her life. On a leap of faith, she applies to college but quickly discovers there might be a problem with her registration due to identity. What does this mean for Jessie? The mystery of figuring out just who she is takes her down an unbidden path. She is extremely fatigued and overwhelmed with insomnia, and it is affecting every aspect of her life while she also tries to figure out who she is. The lines between truth and fiction become blurred, and the fact that Jessie’s judgment is unclear makes it even harder for her to see straight.

    I quickly came to know Eden and Jessie because Kubica’s character-building is on point, and not only did I know them, I empathized with each of them and truly felt emotional about the issues they were individually facing.

    As for that ending, I did not see

    coming. Even with all of the reviews I had read, I never expected

    . And I have to say, in all the thrillers I’ve read, I’ve never witnessed

    before, so it was completely original. I was so shocked, I remember gasping out loud. I think

    fit with the storyline, though it was a big risk.

    Overall, I found When the Lights Go Out to be another page-turning suspense novel from Mary Kubica, more on the domestic suspense side than thriller. It is well-written, slow-burning, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that ending.

    Thank you go Harlequin/Park Row for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog along with pretty pics!

  • Lala BooksandLala

    EXCUSE ME?!?

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    WOW! I was riveted as I read this book. My mind was racing and suspicions were at an all time high. This book is definitely a slow burn. It simply simmers as you read. You are seeped into anxiety right alongside the main character, Jessie.

    The story is told from two main viewpoints and alternating timelines. We experience Jessie's story firsthand, in the present. While also uncovering her mother, Eden's story, told from the past. Their's is a relationship built on a secret. Secrets always have a

    WOW! I was riveted as I read this book. My mind was racing and suspicions were at an all time high. This book is definitely a slow burn. It simply simmers as you read. You are seeped into anxiety right alongside the main character, Jessie.

    The story is told from two main viewpoints and alternating timelines. We experience Jessie's story firsthand, in the present. While also uncovering her mother, Eden's story, told from the past. Their's is a relationship built on a secret. Secrets always have a way of finding their way into light, don't they? It's the journey to the revelation that Kubica so expertly pens. She opens us up to so many questions, so many possibilities.

    Then, we get to the big reveal. I'm almost sorry to admit what a letdown it was for me. After all those enticing possibilities - it was the lamest of them all! I truly enjoyed the book - right up until the ending! Personally, it didn't work for me but I will say it was unexpected and different. I just felt there was so much more potential for the ending. Given all the twists the book took, I was simply expecting a much juicer culmination to it all.

  • Meredith

    When 18-year-old Jessie’s mother Eden dies, her whole world collapses. She learns she might not be who she thought to be as she doesn’t have a social security number or birth certificate. She never knew her father, and wonders why her mother tried so hard to keep her identity a secret. She begins t piece together little clues about her true identity. At the same time, she is suffering both physically and mentally from her mother’s death. She hasn’t slept for days and her insomnia is c

    When 18-year-old Jessie’s mother Eden dies, her whole world collapses. She learns she might not be who she thought to be as she doesn’t have a social security number or birth certificate. She never knew her father, and wonders why her mother tried so hard to keep her identity a secret. She begins t piece together little clues about her true identity. At the same time, she is suffering both physically and mentally from her mother’s death. She hasn’t slept for days and her insomnia is causing her to hallucinate. She is stuck in a place where she cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy.

    Jessie's story is juxtaposed with her mother's, which is recorded in a journal. The reader learns of Eden’s desperation to have a child and the extremes that she might go to get what she most desires.

    Jessie and Eden’s narratives take the reader on a mysterious journey that slowly unfolds. I enjoyed Jessie’s narrative much more than Eden’s. There was something about Eden’s character that didn’t feel complete to me.

    I can’t say much more without giving too much away.

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and HARLEQUIN - Hanover Square Press in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kendall

    KUBICA.... GIRL!! After all that?!! You've got to be kidding me!

    Ok..... here we go. This was my first experience with this author and my goodness was it an experience. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this author... so I can't compare anything since this was my first read by her.

    By all means.. please don't let MY own opinions stop you from reading this book... especially if you're a fan of this author. I tend to be on an outlier island like usual with all my books :).

    Let me just

    KUBICA.... GIRL!! After all that?!! You've got to be kidding me!

    Ok..... here we go. This was my first experience with this author and my goodness was it an experience. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this author... so I can't compare anything since this was my first read by her.

    By all means.. please don't let MY own opinions stop you from reading this book... especially if you're a fan of this author. I tend to be on an outlier island like usual with all my books :).

    Let me just put it this way... I didn't enjoy this novel. And that ending?! What the fuc........... that was some bull to my horns. NO way.... I can't haha. I threw my kindle across the room after finishing this one. I struggled to even get through this book because nothing was happening.

    When the Lights Go Out is a very slow burn of a book. I usually don't do well with these kinds of books unless if the ending delivers. And.... this ending did not deliver at all.

    I feel like this is going be a huge buzz... especially with a lot of her readers feeling disappointed in the ending.

    2 stars

    Thank you so much to Netgalley, Harlequin/Hanover Square Press for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.

    Published to GR: 7/30/18

    Publication date: 9/4/18

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