Thursday, April 21, 2016

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

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.

I wanted to love Don't You Cry as I've loved all of Kubica's other novels. I didn't love Don't You Cry, but it is a solid, great read. Alex and Quinn are the narrators of this complex, twisted novel. Quinn is the roommate of Esther, a girl who has gone missing. Alex is a boy across the country who watches the new girl in town. Both girls appear to be the same person to the reader, but that would make a short story.

Quinn tears about her and Esther's apartment trying to find clues as to where Esther is. She involves a co-worker's help and the police. Alex watches the new girl as she does odd stuff around town. She is always watching a house and she won't give her name. He is unsure of what she is doing there but he is hoping she may be the girl of his dreams.

The story unravels very slowly. Most may call it a slow burn, and that is true if you can stick with the novel long enough to get to the action. The first half of the book really plods along but once it heats up, it's an inferno and Kubica finally treats the reader to some answers and some action. Stellar writing, diverse characters and a twisted plot mesh well together for this mystery. A solid read!  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wendy

1 comment:

  1. I have a hard time sticking with slow books. It depends on if the characters are interesting enough. It sounds like it was good, but not earth-shaking.

    Dena @ Batch of Books


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