I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to take part in the Blog Tour for Mary Kubica’s latest book Every Last Lie especially as I am a HUGE fan of all her previous books including The Good Girl which is one of my all time favourite psychological thrillers ever.
About The Book:
She always trusted her husband.
“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.
New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.
My Review: Firstly I absolutely LOVED “The Good Girl” and often recommend it, so I was absolutely delighted when the publishers sent me an ARC of Every Last Lie in the post last week and settled in the knowledge that this author ALWAYS delivers a gripping thriller.
This story is about Clara, a young mother of a 4 year old daughter Maisie and a 4 day old son Felix and how her world falls apart when her husband Nick is killed in a car accident. However it appears that the nightmare has only just begun as Clara begins to undercover things about her husband she didn’t know and begins to suspect something far more sinister than a tragic car accident.
With alternative chapters told from Clara in the present, grieving and trying to keep her young family safe, and Nick, in the past, recapping his version of events, there are some real red herrings and twists and turns and several times I had to put the book down and collect my thoughts.
OMFG, my heart didn’t stop beating like a runaway train throughout this book and if you are looking for a fast-paced, knicker-gripping thriller that takes you on more goose chases than a goose-chasing goose chaser then download this book next.!
About the Author: Mary Kubica is the New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She 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 and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her third novel, DON’T YOU CRY, was released in May of 2016.
I asked Mary to tell me more about “Unreliable Narrators” here’s what she had to exclusively tell Compulsive Readers:
A narrator is the person who’s at the helm of a storyline, who takes readers by the hand and guides them through the particulars of a novel’s plot, who relays to them the complex, inner workings of a character’s mind. They’re our guide in a story, our escort, our companion and all too often, a reader puts blind faith in the narrator, taking for granted that the story they tell us is true.
But what happens if the narrator can’t be trusted? If the person who’s guiding us through a novel’s thick plot, who’s keeping us company on the journey, is instead deceiving us somehow? An unreliable narrator doesn’t have to lie to be unreliable. Rather it can be far less malicious than that, far more benign – an individual who suffers from amnesia, for example, a narrator afflicted by insomnia or grief, that or a whole host of other things that obscures their thinking and views. An unreliable narrator can be an alcoholic, forgetful, a child, the elderly, any of which may compromise their thinking and present to the reader an account that is distorted somehow.
Or sometimes they outright lie.
There are unreliable narrators in our everyday lives, those friends we know who have a tendency to exaggerate, to forget details, to skew a story a certain way, to be biased. To lie. Rarely do we take their stories at face value, but know that their account is only a version of the truth, one version of many. We have to read between the lines to find out what actually happened. Such is the same with novels. Those unreliable narrators keep readers on guard. They make us uncomfortable in the very best way, so that we can never quite relax and settle into a storyline, but must instead second guess everything he or she tells us.
In my latest novel, Every Last Lie, Clara is knee deep in grief. She isn’t sleeping well. Her husband, Nick, has just died, leaving her alone with two young children, aging parents, and financial problems to boot. Nick is admittedly a liar. Throughout their marriage, he lied to Clara many times, and when he wasn’t lying, he was conveniently omitting the truth. Both Clara and Nick narrate the novel, Clara’s account in the present while Nick’s begins two months prior to his death and leads right up to a car accident which steals his life, an accident that police insist was just that – an accident – though Clara is convinced it was murder.
Which was one it?
Can either Nick or Clara be trusted? Is one or both an unreliable narrator?
Find out for yourself in Every Last Lie.