Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!
Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Psychological Thriller; Suspense
“In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small 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, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’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.”
Wow, it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve struck 5 stars books back-to-back. Am I being too hard on these lovely books?
The whole novel happens within a week. What pulls these two separate events together? Alex’s physical description of Pearl matches Quinn’s description of Esther… Readers can’t help but suspect that Pearl is Esther. Is that really the case? The author never really confirms these suspicions. I could feel a plot twist coming a mile away.
“It’s a note, which is all sorts of stalker-ish. It’s typed—which is such an anal-retentive Saint Esther thing to do—and signed All my love, with an E and a V. All my love, EV. Esther Vaughan. And that’s when it hits me: maybe Saint Esther isn’t such a saint, after all.”
I love how different the three main characters are wired and how much they contrast with each other. Esther is the good girl, and Quinn the ‘bad’ girl but they get along great as housemates. Esther doesn’t like to talk about her family, while Quinn complains all the time about hers, but then again she complains about pretty much everything most of the time. Quinn has this ’throw arms up to the world’ sort attitude. Meanwhile, Alex is bright but has to forgo his future at a university to earn a living for himself and his father as an underpaid waiter in a cafe. He’s kind and observant, and helps out with Ingrid (an aged lady with agoraphobia). He’s had to toughen up because his mother left when he was 5, with a drunk father, who leaves refrigerator doors open, food to spoil outside, and the stove on. Nice and diverse, well-built characters, in my opinion.
Mary Kubica has quite a visual narration. You’d have no trouble picturing it. This book is narrated from two points of view, Alex’s and Quinn’s. However, Alex’s & Quinn’s voice sound similar. Characters should have different voices, don’t they? Well, in my head they both sound the quite same despite Quinn’s narration being more self-absorbed and Alex’s more observant of his surroundings. Other than this particular difference, intonation, inflection, and pace of their monologue are alike.
Comparisons to a certain popular super-hyped book might have spoiled this for me. I read this book with a heavy feeling that I’ve figured it out way in the beginning. But I was wrong! Not exactly original, some would say it’s been done & derivative but I’m satisfied. The hype totally spoiled this book for me though, I could’ve done without it and enjoyed Don’t You Cry more.
Pages: 384 (Kindle)
Published: 1 June 2016 by MIRA
This book ticks off item(s) from my reading challenges this year!
✅ D (A to Z Reading Challenge)
✅ 28: A book with song lyrics in the title (2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge). “Don’t you cry” is a lyric to Guns N’ Roses Don’t Cry. It’s one of my all time favourites (any other fans of this song out there?). I browsed Borrowbox for song lyrics and this book screamed “READ ME” 😆
About Mary Kubica:
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, Don’t You Cry, and Every Last Lie. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She 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 was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, 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. Mary’s novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. She’s been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).
She is currently working on her next novel.
Source: Author’s website