When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

When the Lights Go Out


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.

My take: 2.5 looks

Eden and Jessie tell their tales, twenty years apart. Two women, desperate in very different ways, but with love at the core of their issues. As we learn more and more about these women, and how they are ultimately related, the reader is slowly taken into a vortex of memories, desires, dreams, and perhaps even hallucinations.

While this book was easy to read, and simple to get through, it was not compelling. I didn’t have an investment in the characters, or what happened to them. I found Eden’s story drawn out toward an end that was extremely predictable and a bit prosaic, and Jessie’s story completely non plausible and hard to believe. Even in light of the end, with the situations becoming clear and characters taking their rightful places, I found it a ho-hum ending, and not the jaw-dropper that the author intended.

Not recommended.

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