Mary Kubica explores the trauma of grief in ‘Every Last Lie’

Title: Every Last Lie
Author: Mary Kubica
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Park Row Books
Source: eARC via NetGalley
Length: 336 pages
Available: 27 June 2017

“Morning. A stay of execution for those who are grieving.”
loc. 428 

everylastlieWhen Nick Solberg dies in a car accident he leaves behind his wife, Clara, a four-year-old daughter and a four-day-old son. Miraculously, their four-year-old daughter survived the car accident but begins to become extremely upset whenever she sees a black car. This is all the evidence Clara needs to solidify her suspicions that this wasn’t just a normal accident: someone wanted her husband dead. There’s no way he would’ve died otherwise.

Told in alternating points of view–Clara’s sleep-deprived, grief-stricken present and Nick’s past leading up to the accident–Kubica weaves together clues and explanations that bring every character into question. Clara becomes increasingly convinced that Nick was not the perfect husband she thought he was and that someone–even her own mother–could have orchestrated his death. Every lie her husband has ever told begins to unravel before her: Nick’s impending financial doom, how he fired his best friend and business partner, and the fact that a former flame from his hometown had recently moved to the area.

“The words ricochet back and forth in my mind–murder, suicide, murder, suicide–like a tennis ball alternating over a net, and each time I think I’ve got it figured out, someone swats it with a backhand stroke, making my thoughts–and with it, my sanity–bounce back.”
— loc. 3020

What Kubica demonstrates is the imperfections of being a human grieving while still trying to keep their family together. Readers will connect with Clara because she does whatever she can to prove what she believes is true and, with that, protect her children. While grief pushes Clara to make questionable decisions, it ultimately is what makes her relatable and the story equally heartbreaking and suspenseful. Kubica doesn’t disappoint with Every Last Lie, taking what could be over-done scenarios and turn them on their head. Every Last Lie is a fast-paced page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the end.

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