When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out

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"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?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Park Row, 2018
ISBN: 9780778330783
0778330788
Branch Call Number: FIC Kubi
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 24 cm

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LorettaMCottone
Jan 10, 2021

A disappointment, waste of time. Anyone remember the tv show Dallas?

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therapymutt
Aug 30, 2020

sometimes when you are sleep you are really awake

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MariiaM
Nov 21, 2019

I really don't see the point to books which slowly build up some "bizarre mystery" and then wrap it up quickly with "Ha-ha, it was all a dream!"

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mynovelesquelife
Oct 08, 2019

RATING: 2 STARS
2018; Park Row/HarperCollins Canada

I want to love Mary Kubica's books. I want to love them so bad, I rate them higher than I initially want to. Worse, I keep requesting her books based on the pretty cover and synopsis. All my book friends love her books, I want to too! After my second Kubica book, I decided to try it on audio. I found myself not really getting into the stories and finding the characterization and suspense lacking. Sometimes the quicker pace of audio helps me engage better with the book.

About 20% into the novel, I kind of figured where the story was going but I wanted to see how it played out. I did finish the book, even though at one point I thought about forwarding to the last chapter. It was bittersweet with the ending...while on one hand it wasn't exactly how I thought it would end, but the ending was horrible. (view spoiler)

I honestly think it's best I don't pick up a Kubica novel. In saying that, please note not every book is going to be my liking, and that includes some authors. This does not mean they don't write well or you shouldn't read them. My reviews are due to my reading experience which is unlike anyone else's reading experience.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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LyndaZini
Aug 19, 2019

This book was slow moving, very confusing as it jumped from time and characters. I was so disappointed with this book and will not waste my time on another by this author.

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llongpine
Mar 28, 2019

I love Kubika's other novels so I was excited to read this one! It is utter garbage. The plot is slow and the ending is a frustrating cliche. Read her other books and you will not be disappointed...this one is not worth your time.

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Readerthensome
Mar 21, 2019

IMHO, this book is not worth a read.

This is the first book I have read by this author and was very disappointed, cannot understand how it get a Best Seller tag or even how it got to publication. The writing was long winded as it would take 5 pages for a character just to round the corner of a street. And don't even start me on the ending. My question to the publisher would be is it now acceptable for authors to utilize "Deus ex machina" or the "Dallas - Pam Ewing Dream" techniques to resolve a plot?

Lazy and uninspired writing, the worst book I have read in recent memory.

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Lena29
Jan 07, 2019

This book is quite honestly terrible. The "twist" is such a tired and hackneyed old trope, I was actually angry. Don't waste your time, I wish I hadn't.

debwalker Oct 02, 2018

What happens when your college application is flagged because your name and Social Security number relate to a death certificate filed 17 years ago.....so who are you, really?

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carolefort
Sep 11, 2018

This is my first Mary Kubica novel and I can't wait to read her previous work. This book has completely bowled me over. Due to the convoluted plot, it is difficult to discuss the storyline without divulging too many details. Jessie Sloane is at her mother's deathbed. While grieving her passing, she finds a new home and applies for college. The college notifies her that she needs her social security number which leads her to realizing that she does not know who she really is. The novel alternates between Jessie's present life and the life of Eden twenty years before. It is up to the reader to solve the puzzles that link these two women. Just when you think you know Jessie's identification, the author takes you down another rabbit hole. What a great read.

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