Welcome to the Don’t You Cry blog tour!
I kindly received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you to the author and MIRA.
Published: 19th May 2016 (MIRA)
Synopsis: 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 harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 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.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.
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This is the second book I have read from Mary Kubica, the first being Pretty Baby. Whilst Pretty Baby was enjoyable it wasn’t gripping like Don’t You Cry, oh my I could not put it down and was gutted when I got to about 92% and had to put it down in order to pick my daughter up!
Don’t You Cry is told in alternating narratives of Quinn and Alex. Quinn lives in Chicago and is roommates with Esther who, uncharacteristically goes missing, however, due to her hungover state, it takes her a few hours before becoming worried about her friend. Upon searching Esther’s room for clues, Quinn comes across a note which is signed off with ‘All my love, EV’ and begins to question whether she truly knew Esther at all.
We are then introduced to Alex, a young man who has lost his way in life a little, who feels that he is being left behind by all of his friends. He lives in a quiet town where everyone knows each other and is a mundane place to be outside of the tourist season. Alex’s father is an alcoholic and when Alex isn’t working at the local café, he effectively cares for him.
The way in which the stories are plotted out kept me guessing for the majority of the book and at points I was so confused (in a good way!), I honestly could not see where it was going. I thought I had worked out the link between the two narrators but all is not what it seems.
At the start of the story, I found both Quinn and Alex a little flaky and had concerns that the characters were a little too young for me however they came into their own. Kubica has created well thought-out characters, who are dealing with their own demons as well as trying to help people around them.
Don’t You Cry is an unusual psychological thriller whereby it is very gripping but isn’t full of action – rather it’s the lack of action and clarity, and confusion that this generates that creates the tension, compelling the reader to read ‘just one more chapter’. It is obvious that the stories of Quinn and Alex are going to come together however I will admit, I was completely wrong in my prediction.
A great psychological thriller, if you liked Pretty Baby, will you love this as, personally, I feel that this is better as there is more depth to the stories that are woven through the alternative, unreliable narrators.
About the Author:
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.