About When the Lights Go OutHardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (September 4, 2018)
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?
“Kubica brilliantly unravels the lives of two women in this tense and haunting tale of identity and deceit. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT will keep you questioning everything-and everyone-until the riveting conclusion. A twisty, captivating, edge-of-your-seat read.” –Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS
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Grief, insomnia, despair, pain, confusion. These are all recipes for disaster, as humans we tend to become overwhelmed quite easily and sometimes in the midsts of our storms and pain, we start feeling irrational and feeling like we are on a never ending roller coaster without the ability to break free.
So is the story of Jessie.
From the moment her ailing mother passes, she is thrown into life, trying to make ends meet and trying to get through the pain of losing her only family member. She struggles, she has questions and fears and thoughts that seem to get worse when night falls and she should be resting.
Jessie applies for college and is denied, all due to a red flag that has been raised about her social security number. What exactly could this mean, and how is Jessie going to deal with yet another shock?
The answers may lie twenty years earlier, in the life of Eden. For all intents and purposes, Eden has the perfect life, she is married, she has a wonderful husband, a great house, except for the one thing she truly wants....a baby.
The thought of conceiving becomes an all consuming need and the only thing keeping her going.
These two women's lives will pass and intertwine in a way that you couldn't possibly see coming.
I have to say that the story is so well written, it left me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages and wanting to badly to help both these women, to reach out and hug them or offer a word of comfort.
If you love psychological thrillers, this book is it.