Title: Don’t You Cry
Author: Mary Kubica
Published: May 17th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 3 stars
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.
Don’t You Cry, is the third novel I have read by acclaimed author Mary Kubica. It is safe to say that Kubica is a popular, as well as skilled master of suspense. Of the three books she has released, I have found her second novel, Pretty Baby, the best of the bunch.
In Kubica’s latest novel, we are introduced to protagonist Quinn. Waking up with a nasty hangover after a night out, Quinn wakes to find her flatmate’s window left open. This seems very strange to Quinn, as it is the thick of winter and her suspicions are further aroused when her flatmate Esther is nowhere to be seen. Searching her flatmate’s Esther’s room for clues, Quinn discovers some things that lead Quinn to question whether she truly knew anything about Esther. Quinn vows to do what it takes to find her flatmate. At one point, Quinn feels like someone is watching her every move. The search takes a different turn when a young man name Alex, some 60 miles away, assists Quinn in her investigations. Alex may just have the clues to find Esther after he witnessed a woman bearing a resemblance to Esther behaving strangely.
I do enjoy Kubica’s style of novel. I like that she gets the characters in her story, along with the reader, to reconsider their viewpoint on a situation. Often what appears as something on the outset, is something entirely different when picked apart. Kubica did this really well in her last novel Pretty Baby. She also applies this formula to Don’t You Cry but not quite as well.
Kubica herself makes no apologies for her characters. Quinn is a character I lacked warmth for – she was frustrating as well as spoilt, however, she is an integral part of the story, helping to solve Esther’s disappearance. Esther herself is a mystery and her disappearance is what made the pages turn for me. Alex, the other protagonist and voice in the novel, is a better formed character. At first I did not see Alex’s significance to the story until the second half of the novel.
Kubica’s narrative is paced well, the second half revs up a notch and there are real moments of fear, as well as suspense. Twists and possible scenarios are all thrown at the reader to decipher during the progression of Don’t You Cry. When I reached the ending, I felt mostly satisfied, as the narrative fragments seemed to fall into shape.
While I did find this book readable, I would not label this as Kubica’s best work, for now, I will save it for her previous novel, Pretty Baby. Don’t You Cry is a sinister tale of family gone wrong and raises the important question of; do you truly know those who you live with?