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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Kubica  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction



Illinois Connection

Kubica was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. After attending college in Oxford, Ohio, she lived in the city of Chicago for a few years, and now resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Kubica is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Good Girl (English Edition)
ISBN: 0778316556

MIRA. 2014

Read the bestseller everyone is talking about!

"A cleverly constructed suspense thriller." —Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row

"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale." —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Riveting psychological thriller."—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author on Don't You Cry

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

More Praise

"Kubica's powerful debut…will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A high-intensity thriller, a psychological puzzle that will keep readers on their toes."—BookPage

Read the New York Times bestselling follow-up novel Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica.

Look for Mary's latest complex and addictive tale of deceit and obsession, Don't You Cry.

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Don't You Cry
ISBN: 0778319059

MIRA. 2016

1944 As war rages in Europe and the Pacific Army Intel makes a shocking discovery a 300-foot Japanese sub marooned and empty deep in the Brazilian interior A team of Army Rangers sent to investigate has already gone missing Now the military sendsCaptain R J MacCready a wisecracking brilliant scientific jack-of-all-trades to learn why the Japanese are there-and what theyre planning Parachuting deep into the heart of Central Brazil one of the most remote regions on the planet Mac is unexpectedly reunited with his hometown friend and fellow scientist Bob Thorne A botanist presumed dead for years Thorne lives peacefully with Yanni an indigenous woman who possesses mysterious and invaluable skills Their wisdom and expertise are nothing short of lifesaving for Mac as he sets out on a trail into the unknown Mac makes the arduous trek into an ancient fog-shrouded valley hidden beneath a 2000-foot plateau where he learns of a diabolical Axis plot to destroy the United States and its allies But the enemy isnt the only danger in this treacherous jungle paradise An even darker force is on the prowl attacking at night and draining the blood of livestock and human prey Mac has to uncover the source of this emerging biological crisis and foil the enemys plans but will he be in time to save humanity from itself-

Every Last Lie: A Gripping Novel of Psychological Suspense
ISBN: 0778319989

Park Row Books. 2017

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow's pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche.

Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

Pretty Baby: A Gripping Novel of Psychological Suspense
ISBN: 0778318745

MIRA. 2016

"Thrilling and illuminating."—LA Times

"A hypnotic psychological thriller." —People

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this new gripping and complex psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and the upcoming page-turner Don't You Cry, Mary Kubica

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

More Praise:

"Hypnotic and anything but predictable." —Kirkus, starred review

"A superb psychological thriller…stunning."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Read the New York Times bestselling novel that everyone is talking about, The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica!

Look for Mary's latest complex and addictive tale of deceit and obsession, Don't You Cry.

Order your copies today!


-- The Good Girl

Best Books of 2014 in Mystery/Thriller, Publishers Weekly

Indie Next Pick, August 2014

Best Summer Books in Mystery/Thriller, Publishers Weekly

Summer's Best Mysteries and Thrillers, Bookish

Midwest Connections Pick, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, August 2014

Starred Review,Publishers Weekly Pretty Baby

8 Books You Need to Read This July, Vulture

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred review, Kirkus Don't You Cry

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017