Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
Genre; Psychological thriller
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 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 in the end.
This is Kubica’s third novel and it is the third novel I have loved.
I’m currently on holiday (flying home today) and I’ve had a wonderful time catching up with my TBR pile as you may have been able to tell. I still have a few great books to talk about. Laying in the sun reading has been blissful and it’s a time when I always seem to read Kubica’s next novel.
There are two narratives in Don’t You Cry. That of Alex, a small time boy of 18, who lives at home with his drunk of a father, being the adult of the house, and Quinn whose Chicago roommate suddenly goes missing one night.
You think you know how the two narratives are bound together, but you are never quite sure. However, it never seems to matter because the story is just beautifully told. It’s not a fast-paced “page-turner” but a real honest look at people, their lives, emotions, hopes, dreams and fears, and it pulls you into the pages and holds you in its spell. You love the frailty of Alex and how he admits to his first kiss and how it all went wrong with the telescope. You love the drive of Quinn to stay in that place in the world where she fits and she can be a better friend to someone she cares about.
And, Don’t You Cry – well, it had me crying! Luckily I think I was in my room by that point and not laid around the pool otherwise, it would not have been a good look for me.
Another highly recommended Kubica novel. Awaiting the next one for next years holiday!