Every Last Lie

Every-Last-Lie-by-Mary-KubicaClara 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.



Mary Kubica is one of my favorite authors of psychological thrillers.  While I would definitely classify this novel as suspense, I’m not so sure I would call it a thriller.  Twists and turns abound in Every Last Lie and I found myself questioning and second guessing the moves of the characters throughout, but it doesn’t have the fast paced, pulse racing feel to it that a thriller has.  With that being said, I was not disappointed in the least by this novel.  Kubica drew me into this story by using descriptive writing and details to show the deterioration of the mental and emotional state of her characters and it is heartbreaking.

Clara Solberg’s life is turned upside down when her husband is killed in a car accident.  The police are calling it an accident and claim that her husband was driving too fast when he took the curve.  But her four year old daughter, Maisie, was in the car.  Since the accident, she has had nightmares in which she screams about the “bad man” and completely loses control at the site of black sedans.  Clara knows her husband, and she knows he drives too fast.  But she also knows that he wouldn’t do anything that would put their daughter’s life in danger.

When Clara brings her concerns about the accident to the local police, she learns that Nick has been keeping secrets from her.  Secrets that make her question her marriage, her husband and the accident.  Was her husband murdered?  And if so, by whom?  Clara’s questions and the secrets that keep popping up unravel in her mind leading to unhealthy misconceptions.

The story is told through the point of view of Nick and Clara, before and after the car accident.  I love the way it unfolds so that the present meets the past, the day of the car crash.  The minor characters in this book are also interesting; there is a story within a story being told with these characters that add confusion and conflict in the book.  This book is a definite must read that I highly recommend to my friends and fellow readers.

4/5 stars

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