Publisher: Park Row Books
New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow’s pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.
“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.
Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.
My good friend Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me said she’s a Mary Kubica junkie and I have to admit I am as well. I’m thinking we need t shirts made that say something to that effect but that may be taking things a little bit too far?! Either way, when she releases a new book I get giddy, she’s such a talented writer and she really knows how to manipulate the reader and take them on a journey that they won’t soon forget.
While I still consider this to be a total page turner, it isn’t a super fast paced thriller, it almost lulls you into a false sense of security at the start. You know that Clara is going to uncover some secrets and lies about her husband Nick, but the character development is so deep, and the storytelling is so descriptive and just flat out good, that you wind up being consumed by their marriage and their lives together (and separately) that you almost forget to look out for some twists and turns. Right when you’re feeling all cozy, the plot shifts in an unexpected direction reminding you that there’s more going on than meets the eye and there is a mystery waiting to be solved, I love the way this happened here!
Clara was a character that I felt connected to right away, her grief was so palpable and raw that she broke my heart. She was in some deep stages of denial about Nick’s death, but who could blame her? She has two small children, one of which is a newborn and as a mom to young kids myself, I can clearly remember how hard it is to keep your emotions in check right after birthing a baby. I can’t imagine dealing with such a loss simultaneously, and even though some of her behavior was erratic, I felt it was highly realistic and she was behaving in a believable way.
Kubica is a master at building tension slowly, by the end you could cut it with a knife. I do think the ending is going to get mixed reactions, but I loved it. It definitely didn’t head in the any of the directions that I had ran through in my head, but I’m not sure every reader will be as satisfied by it as I was. Domestic suspense is one of my favorite sub genres and Kubica is particularly skilled in my humble opinion.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.