Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Every Last Lie"

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, Don't You Cry and the newly released Every Last Lie.

A former high school history teacher, Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.

She applied the Page 69 Test to Every Last Lie and reported the following:
From page 69:
“The bad man!” she yowls in a piercing voice, and then, straight on the heels of the first desperate declaration, “The bad man is after us!” she shrieks as my heart begins to dash.
She in the text refers to Maisie, the four-year-old daughter of the chapter’s narrator, Clara. Maisie, in bed beside Clara, has just awoken from a nightmare. The quote represents the novel quite well, as does the entire page. Though not the first time Maisie dreams about or references the bad man in the book – an unknown man Clara soon comes to believe is to blame for killing her husband in a car crash, though police already deemed the crash to be an accident thanks to Nick’s speed – we see Maisie’s fear intensifying. On the page, Clara is quickly becoming unstrung in the days after Nick’s death, grieving the loss of her husband and trying to survive as a single parent to a four-year-old daughter and a days old son. We see Clara’s desperation on page 69 in tandem with Maisie’s fear, and in the pages to come, Clara bypasses the police and launches her own investigation to find the individual who killed her husband.

Is it the same bad man who is haunting Maisie’s dreams?
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