Mary Kubica / Speedy Spoilers

Mary Kubica | When The Lights Go Out | Ten-Second Spoilers


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?

My Rating:

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.


Basically the whole book was a dream which is dumb. From Jessie’s perspective, that is. Eden’s perspective was her journal that she gave to Jessie at the end. The whole identity theft thing was a dream, the hint being that the backstory Jessie found online was the same story her mom’s nurse told her about how her daughter died. In real life, Eden got pregnant from a one-night stand after she and Aaron separated. She left home so Aaron wouldn’t know.

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