Friday, December 1, 2023

She's Not Sorry by Mary Kubica

An ICU nurse accidentally uncovers a patient’s frightening past in this chilling thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing and Just the Nicest Couple.

Meghan Michaels is trying to find balance between being a single mom to a teenage daughter and working as a full time nurse. While on duty at the hospital one day, a patient named Caitlin arrives in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, having jumped from a bridge and plunging over twenty feet to the train tracks below.

But when a witness comes forward with shocking details about the fall, it calls everything they know into question. Was Caitlin pushed and if so, by whom and why?

Meghan has always tried to stay emotionally detached from her patients, but this time, she mistakenly lets herself get too close until she’s deeply entangled in Caitlin’s and her family’s lives. Only when it’s too late, does she realize that she and her daughter could be the next victims.

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Expected publication April 2, 2024
 by Park Row
3/5 stars

Local Woman Missing remains one of my all-time favorite Mary Kubica books. However, I have to admit that She's Not Sorry didn't quite live up to the hype for me.

Around 39% into the book, I seriously considered abandoning ship. The pace was painfully slow, and the writing failed to captivate me as much as I had hoped. Thankfully, things did start to pick up after the halfway point, but by then, I had already developed a dislike for the characters, and the plot holes were becoming increasingly irritating. And let's not forget about the twist – (because there is always a twist) while it felt somewhat familiar (reminded me of another book), the execution just didn't have the impact I was expecting.

She's Not Sorry isn't the kind of book that you can breeze through, thanks to its lengthy chapters. The ending felt rushed, predictable, and ultimately unsatisfying. I don't mean to sound too harsh, but it's safe to say that this isn't my favorite Mary Kubica book. However, I couldn't help but be curious about the ending, even if it was just to confirm my suspicions.

There are so many rave reviews,  please take mine with a grain of salt.

My thanks to Park Row Books for a digital ARC in exchange for honest review.

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