Published by MIRA on May 17th 2016
Genres: mystery, thriller
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I never go out in search of Mary Kubica’s novels, but they fall into my hands, regardless. I came across The Good Girl while searching through the new audio releases on Overdrive. I found her next two books while scanning the library shelves for new releases. When I find them I can’t seem to help myself. In my stack they go.
Kubica’s novels remind me a bit of James Patterson’s books; once you have read one you kind of know what to expect. They are not formulaic per-say, but they do share similar characteristics. Mainly a woman wrapped up in some sort of trouble, shifting perspectives and some type of mysterious thread that stretches the length of the book. I am talking jumbled flashback/mysterious letters/missing time kinds of things.
Don’t You Cry has two storylines. In the first, Quinn wakes up in the Chicago apartment to find her roommate has vanished. While looking for clues she turns up some disturbing things in her roomie’s life. In the second, Alex, who lives in a small town further up the lake, meets a strange and compelling girl in the diner where he works. She is unwilling to talk about her past (or tell anyone her name) and is squatting in the creepy house across the street. Alex is not sure why she came to town in the first place.
Are the stories connected?
But that doesn’t mean the the ride to the conclusion is any less mysteriously fun.
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.