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 :, Park Row Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780778330783
Branch Call Number: FIC KUBIC M

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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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mjk236sb
Sep 11, 2018

Another great psychological thriller by this author. She has mastered this genre and has kept it up with the newest of her books . Jessie loses her mother and spirals downward farther and farther from reality - but what is reality??? There are many twists and turns in this story that is told by Jessie and her mother, Eden. You follow along with their lives and think that you know the journey and what the outcome will be. However when the true story and the complicated conclusion is revealed you will have not seen it coming. Enjoy this great book.

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