Open Book with Mary Kubica

I am a HUGE Mary Kubica fan and whenever she has a new release I am thrilled, no pun intended.  Her addictive and twisty thrillers are a must for every bibliophile.  Her latest, When the Lights Go Out, is nothing short of nail biting, page turning suspense- the perfect cure to the end of summer blues.  This book is exactly what you need on a cozy fall evening but be prepared to lose some sleep 😉  Mary was kind enough to chat all things in my latest Open Book ❤

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“A twisty, captivating, edge-of-your-seat read.” —Megan Miranda, bestselling author of All the Missing Girls

“Creepy and oh so clever!” —Alice Feeney, bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

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?

 

Mary Kubica credit Sarah Jastre

1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?

Natalie Babbitt, Stephen King, Maggie O’Farrell 

 

2. Current binge series?

BIG LITTLE LIES (Amazing!)

 

3. Last favorite book?

SOMETHING IN THE WATER by Catherine Steadman

 

4. What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it? 

Gym shoes, sunglasses, camera – hiking in Acadia National Park 

 

5. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?

Sunday NYT

 

6. Last person you sent a text message to?

My husband  

 

7. Book you read that you wished you wrote?

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by SJ Watson

 

8. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?

Not one teacher per se, but many teachers who helped ignite that passion for reading and writing that later turned me into a writer 

 

9. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who? 

Nope, I need things quiet

 

10. Describe your writing space? 

My office is clean and fairly sparse, with gray walls, a desk of my grandmothers that I renovated, bookshelves and a comfy armchair  

 

11. Coffee or tea? 

Coffee

 

12. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien

 

13. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?

THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfeld 

 

14. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why? 

Life in the Fast Lane (I rarely have time to sit still and do nothing!)

 

15. What/Who inspires you? 

Nature

 

16. Bravo reality TV- yes or no? 

No

 

17. Favorite Instagram account? 

@farmsanctuary 

 

18. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? 

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT (Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke), and it would be red

19. Current #TBR pile? 

FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser, HER SECRET SON by Hannah Mary McKinnon and THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Kaira Rouda   

 

20. Best advice you’ve ever received? 

Live in the moment 

 

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Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica and the BookSparks #SRC2016

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Talk about a twist!  I just finished Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, the queen of twisty mysteries and page turning thrillers.  If you have yet to read any of her work well then you must be hiding under a rock.  Her books fly because you are literally addicted from the first page.  You are taken into these worlds that she creates and given the puzzle pieces to get yourself out.  Don’t You Cry was no exception.  From the first chapter I had no idea where I was going until the very last pages and what a surprise it was!  Plus it’s part of the Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge which is the perfect kickoff for the #bestsummerever and beach reading season!

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Quinn is a young woman living in Chicago, making her way as young adult in the real world.  She lives with Esther who is her ethereal roommate who seems to have it all.  In Quinn’s eyes she is the perfect person who is always there for her even though she knows she isn’t the best roommate herself.  She does not pick up after herself and she doesn’t cook but Esther never reveals any ill will and accepts her for who she is.  One morning Quinn wakes up and Esther is not there.  Not being alarmed at first, Quinn just thinks maybe she stepped out early or went somewhere and will be in touch soon.  As the day progresses she starts to pick up pieces that do not make sense.  Why is Esther’s phone here?  What is this mysterious letter on her desk?  Quinn tries to remain calm but as the day comes to a close she knows something is up.

Alex lives in Michigan.  He is from a broken home no mother and an alcoholic father with whom he lives with.  He works at a diner and one day sees a beautiful girl and he becomes infatuated with her, Pearl.  He starts to see her appear all over town and wonders who she is and what she is doing in town.  Alex also becomes interested in the run down home across the street from his house where rumor has it a young girl was killed, Genevieve, and her ghost still haunts it.  As he develops a relationship  with Pearl he becomes entangled into a web of lies and danger.  He starts to see strange behavior in Pearl and realizes she has more connections to him then he knows.  Told from alternate views Quinn and Alex, although in separate states, are both living in a twisted world of lies and deceit.  Who will make it out alive?

Mary Kubica author photo credit Sarah Jastre

This is not my first Mary Kubica novel and it certainly will not be my last.  She literally is one of the few that can tell a mystery and leave you shocked at the end.  Like literally shocked.  Her twists and turns keep the reader addicted and wanting more.  Do yourself a favor and pick up one of her page turners.  I highly recommend grabbing one and sitting poolside with a beverage that will calm your nerves as you will be chilled to the bone.

Readers do not forget to participate in the Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge!  It is going to be the #bestsummerever and the book selections are HOT!  Tag yourself reading any of the selections and make sure to use the hashtags #SRC2016 and #bestsummerever.

*Thanks to Harlequin and Book Sparks for sending a copy for review.

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica and a BOOK GIVEAWAY

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

i just finished Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica which has been on all the best books of the summer lists and now I know why.  I have not read her other novel, I know, The Good Girl but it is sitting in my TBR pile and I am excited to start it.  Mary is a phenomenal writer and this book was nothing short of fantastic.  I love a good summer thriller and this one was especially sweet because I haven’t read one in a while.  From the fast-paced, twist and turns to the complex web of a storyline it is without a doubt my ninth “Blissful Beach Bag” pick.

Heidi is married to Chris and they have a daughter Zoe.  They live a pretty normal life.  Everyday when Heidi goes to work she sees this young girl and her baby.  The baby is always in distress and the young girl, presumably the mother, is always disheveled and absent looking.  Heidi knows they need food and shelter.  She decides that she will offer her home to them and provide some warmth and care to the baby.  Meanwhile her husband is struggling to stay faithful and their daughter is in the tumultuous teen years.  The young mother, Willow, and her baby Ruby, accept Heidi’s offer of food and a roof over their head.  Chris, skeptical, is determined to find out who Willow is and why she is without a home.  He wonders what secrets she may be hiding.  Zoe wants nothing to do with them and thinks her mother is crazy to take them in.  But Heidi shelves her fear that Willow is someone harmful and takes comfort in this precious little baby.  Heidi is battling her own demons from past pregnancy issues so this baby is just what she needs.  Heidi eventually starts to question Willow and what her back story is.  Heidi becomes obsessed with Ruby and old wounds began to open.  Lines start to blur and the reader starts to wonder who is putting who at jeopardy Heidi or Willow?

This book is everything you would want in a nail-biting summer read.  Just when the reader thinks they have figured it out Kubica throws in another twist.  The content was deep but the writing was so fluid that the pages just flew.  I loved each character the complexities they brought to the story.  This being Kubica’s second novel she is just getting started and I am excited to see what other stories she has to tell!  absolutely run out and grab this book.  You will not be disappointed.

Mary Kubica, author "The Good Girl"

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*Pretty Baby was sent to Bliss, Beauty and Books for review purposes.

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