50 Book Pledge Featured Read: When the Lights Go Out

First there was Gone Girl, then came The Girl on the Train, followed by The Woman in the Window and NOW there is When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica!!!

If you are scratching your head and wondering where you have heard that name before, I’ll save you the several minutes of hard thinking and the a-ha moment hours from now. Three words: The Good Girl.


Mary Kubica returns doing what she does best. When the Lights Go Out follows Jessie Sloane as she must rebuild 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 forces her to question everything.

*SIDE NOTES: 1. It is an old carriage house (you aren’t alone if you have something with refurbished white barn wood on your Pinterest board) 2. The landlord is an elderly woman who “claims” the only thing living in the attic are squirrels (if you ask me the only thing ‘squirrely’ about this whole situation is the old woman!).


Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another women’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Is Jessie really who she thinks she is? Has her whole life been a lie? The truth will shock her to her core . . . if she lives long enough to discover it…. *gasps*!


This book had me looking over my shoulder (more than usual) walking home at night. It had me looking harder at the shadows cast by my chair overflowing with clothes (mom, if you are reading this, YES THEY ARE CLEAN CLOTHES). For the two days it took me to devour this book I ditched Netflix and had very little chill. This is my S.O.S to all others who have read this book. Did you know what was going on? Did you see that first twist? Or the second? Or the third? BECAUSE THAT LAST ONE!?!?!?!


If there is one thing I can say for certain, it is that once you get your hands on this book, you will not be able to put it down. And when all is said and done you will look up, whether to your phone, out the window, to the person next to you, and wonder . . . was it all a dream?

When the Lights Go Out is our 50 Book Pledge Featured Read. Add it to your 50 Book Pledge shelf today!

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Here are to the books that make us forget we are flipping pages!



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