I've been a huge fan of Mary Kubica ever since reading her debut novel The Good Girl. While that book will always hold a special place for me (I still remember exactly where I was when I read the shocking ending!), this one is right up there in my adoration. I've decided that the thing that I love most about Kubica's books is that while they all contain a mystery, there is the underlying element of people going about their real lives, complete with their mundane tasks and problems. Her characters are so well drawn, you can see yourself meeting them at the grocery store or living in your neighborhood. In this case, we have a new mother who has just lost her husband. This poor woman has to hold it together on virtually no sleep, caring for a newborn and a 4 year old, while trying to come to terms with the loss of her husband, whose death may be under mysterious circumstances. My heart went out to her, and I could totally see why she did the sort of manic things she did. Concurrent with Clara's story, we have the last months of her husband Nick's life before the fateful accident that took his life. This was almost a 5 star for me, but I did have a couple small issues that I wanted resolved a bit more than they were before the book ended. I've heard a couple people questioning the ending, but for me it was perfectly fitting in the context of the story, and I loved it. I even shed a few tears over the last line!
Once again, this author does not disappoint. Kubica remains high on my list of go to reads when I want a well crafted story, with wonderfully written characters and a mystery to be solved.