When The Lights Go Out

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 forces her to question 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 a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts 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. 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.


“Kubica brilliantly unravels the lives of two women in this tense and haunting tale of identity and deceit. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT will keep you questioning everything-and everyone-until the riveting conclusion. A twisty, captivating, edge-of-your-seat read.”
~ Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All The Missing Girls

“Creepy and oh so clever with a brilliant twist that I did not see coming!”
~ Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of  Sometimes I Lie

“Kubica is a helluva storyteller.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

“Intensely moving… will keep readers riveted… strongly recommended.”
~ Booklist

“Mary Kubica takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride sharing how the human mind deals with insomnia and how it distorts ones thinking. Jessie’s first-person voice is so powerful it is like being on this chilling journey with her as she delves into finding the truth… This masterful and provocative novel is a page-turner leading to an unexpected and surprising conclusion.”
~ NY Journal of Books