Friday, 3 June 2016

Review: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

****4 Stars****

I have come to associate Mary Kubica with really well done and tautly written psychological thrillers and her newest book, Don't You Cry, continues that tradition. It is told alternately through the eyes of Alex and Quinn. Alex is an 18 year old who was abandoned by his mother and is left with an alcoholic father. He works at a dinner as a dishwasher. He has no friends and only really associates with Ingrid, an older agoraphobic woman he does errands for who is almost like a mother to him. One day he notices a beautiful stranger in his dinner. She just stares out the window for hours. He soon becomes fixated on her and that fixation becomes obsession as he starts to follow her around and even gives her a made up name in his head.
Quinn is a loner. She has trouble making friends. She becomes roommates with Esther and finally feels like she has a real friend. Esther seems perfect to her and she starts to look up to and idolize her. One day she comes home and finds Esther missing. She is devastated and tries to solve the mystery of her disappearance. When she finds a strange letter she begins to wonder if the Saintly Esther was not as perfect as she appeared.
Don't You Cry has a slow build up, but you will be quickly invested in the story and mystery playing out. You will also be trying to figure out the connection between the two seemingly unconnected stories. I found the book hard to put down and the fact that Quinn and Alex were seemingly ordinary characters made them very relatable. I needed to know what would happen and the twists and turns ratcheted that need up. I was quite surprised by the way things ended up playing out (it is always fun when an author can keep you guessing up until the very end!).

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession 

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under Pearl's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

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