Mary Kubica writes books that keep me reading all night and leave me pondering them days after I’ve finished. Every Last Lie was no exception. I naively thought I would read a bit of the first chapter when I turned in for bed… and ended up turning the last page at 6 am. I regret nothing.
Clara Solberg is at home with her four-day-old son while her husband Nick takes their little girl Maisie to ballet practice. Clara is sleep-deprived, sore, and desperately in need of a shower. When Nick calls right before he and Maisie head home, he tells Clara he’ll pick up dinner and they will be back soon so she can get some rest. He asks, “Chinese or Mexican?” Clara replies, “Chinese.” And those are the last words the two will ever exchange.
Clara’s world crumbles the minute the officer knocks on her door and informs her that there has been an accident. She struggles to take care of her two young children and face all the day-to-day responsibilities without her beloved husband; but when Maisie’s nightmares begin and she cries out, "The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us," Clara starts to question if Nick’s accident was truly an accident after all.
Told in the incredible dual POVs of Clara’s present and Nick’s past, it is gradually revealed exactly what happened on that fateful day as well as every last lie between them and surrounding them. This book is first and foremost a mystery, with Clara obsessed with finding the person responsible for her husband’s death. The author gives Clara, as well as the reader, many suspects to choose from. But aside from that mystery, Mary Kubica does what she does best; and that’s to tell a suspenseful story that is also thought-provoking, poignant, and full of so much heart. Every Last Lie is a must for Kubica fans and a book I would recommend to all my fellow readers regardless of their genre preference.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.