ARC Review: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

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.

When I first picked this book up, I didn’t want to step away from it. I found I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough—the enigma surrounding our protagonists was that hooking. Unfortunately for me though, this was not a continuous/one sitting read, other obligations had me breaking from Alex, Quinn, and Esther around 35%. Upon coming back to this trio, I found their story didn’t quite capture my attention as easily as it did the first time. It fastly became a game of distraction versus consumption. And I know myself, the minute I start seeking out other entertainment, it doesn't bode well for the book. No matter how much I wished it, I just couldn’t find the spark that originally caught my intrigue. Turns out, my excitement outshined the actuality. There were parts that held me utterly and completely absorbed and other parts that tumbled quickly into the world of flatness.

I don’t mean for my review to sound so negative, as there were also many positives aspects to the story. The characters were quite captivating; their voices strong and vivid. The dual point of view giving weight and substance to the interlocking narrative. The twists unpredictable and the plot line written with intricate detail. 

As I sit here writing this review, thinking back over the pros and cons, this really does become a clear cut case of “it’s me not you.” I’ve been in quite the funk lately. I definitely wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading Don’t You Cry. As you can tell from the hundreds of reviews, many readers adored the heck out of this book. I am one person with one opinion and no two people read the same book. I truly think if psychological thrillers are your thing then you should give this book a try. Quinn, Alex, and Esther have all the right additives to make an edge of your seat read. 

This was my first introduction to Mary Kubica. Even though I struggled a bit here and there, I would give her brand of mind puzzlers another try.

Thank you, Harlequin, for the complimentary copy of Don't You Cry.
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature, and lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. She is currently working on her next novel.


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