Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: When the Lights Go Out

By Melissa Amster

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?
(Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

 I've been a fan of Mary Kubica's writing ever since reading Pretty Baby in 2015. With When the Lights Go Out, Mary delivers a suspenseful and haunting story that I can't stop thinking about.

I like how Mary shifted between two perspectives, one in the not-so-distant past and one in the present. I had no idea what to expect from this novel and was definitely surprised. I was so nervous for Jessie and Eden the entire time and kept guessing what was going to happen for both of them. I also like that the story took place in Chicago, as most of Mary's novels do. Having lived in the area for most of my life, it was easy to visualize some of the city locations that were mentioned.

My only concern is that after all the build-up, the ending felt a bit anticlimactic. However, I didn't see it coming either.

This novel will give you the chills during what is looking like an unseasonably warm autumn.

Suggestions for Hollywood's consideration:
Jessie: Chloƫ Grace Moretz
Miranda: Aly Michalka
Mrs. Geissler: Fionnula Flanagan

Thanks to Park Row for the book in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks also to Mary Kubica for sharing one copy with a lucky reader.

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23 comments:

Janine said...

I went a couple of days without sleeping when I was younger. I definitely couldn't do it now.

randy oaklief said...

Love her books, thank you!

Carla S. said...

About 36 hours, I think. Couldn't possibly do that now!

traveler said...

48 hours and more when I had insomnia from treatment.

Elena Y. said...

What is the longest amount of time you have gone without sleeping?
I guess 30 hours, but I cannot do it now anymore

Nas said...

This story with dual timeline sounds interesting!

Sheila McGirr said...

I think I was probably rubbish at going without sleep. Possibly about 30 hours a long time ago.

Burma Turner said...

I went about 36 hours without sleep when my mother was on life support.

Nancy said...

I guess I've gone over 24 hours without sleep when I was younger.

Nancy
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Grandma Cootie said...

Probably a couple of days when my kids were sick, but generally I need sleep.

Mary Preston said...

Maybe a 24 hour period when I was travelling.

Kelly Rodriguez said...

Probably about 24 hours when I was traveling.

The Book Sage said...

Just picked it up from my local bookstore today. P.S. Finished Ghosted yesterday. 3.5/4. It definitely got better as it went along, I thought. Keep 'em comin'.

techeditor said...

24 hours?

Melanie Backus said...

Probably 24 hours.

Faith Creech said...

Two days. Usually when we fly back from the Far East and I can’t sleep on the plane.

Linda Kish said...

I probably went a day and a half when I was young and foolish but, fortunately, those days are passed.

RD said...

24 hours

bn100 said...

maybe a day

Dianna said...

The longest I've gone without sleep is 39 hours. It was awful!

Kelley B said...

I believe close to 24 hours.

Priscilla S. said...

Back in college there was more than one all-nighter so I would say around 24 hrs.

Elisabeth said...

I think a couple of days.