Published by Mira Books on May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Psychological, Thrillers, Thrillers & Suspense
Also by this author: The Good Girl, Pretty Baby
ARC provided by Harlequin
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.
I met Mary Kubrica at BEA this year. She was a delight in person. I loved her debut The Good Girl and her follow up suspense Pretty Baby. Don’t You Cry was almost as good, and better in other ways. This book is not as suspenseful as her other two books have been.
In Don’t You Cry there are two story-lines being told, both seemingly about the same girl.
Quinn and Esther share an apartment in Chicago. Quinn left her roommate at home and went out to dance, and when she came back the window was open and her roommate was gone. She tries to file a missing persons report but no one takes her seriously as Esther is an adult and can leave anytime she chooses. Quinn enlists the help of a colleague from work, Ben, to find out what happened to her. In their search they find clues lending that maybe Esther left on her own, or had other reasons to abandon Quinn.
Alex lives in a small coastal town outside of Chicago. He works his crap job and takes care of his father. One day at work he sees a mysterious woman. She seems really interesting and he starts to follow her. They finally meet and he can’t stop thinking about her. When she stays at the abandoned home across the street he realizes they are destined to be friends.
I wasn’t sure how these two story-lines were going to connect because they seem to have nothing in common. I mean oth main characters are looking for a girl, but in completely different ways. I can’t say I would pick one over the other either. I was really interested in both Quinn and Alex equally. I felt bad for both characters. I was completely conflicted about Pearl and Esther. Their mystery was really intriguing and kept me turning pages.
The problem I had with this book was that the characters seemed really juvenile. I realize that one of the characters, Alex, was only 18, but they all seemed really young. I am not sure why the villain waited so long in her life to act. This could have been done when she was in her late teens or early twenties. Most of characters seemed really immature. Quinn seemed like she needed Ben for everything and I disliked her for it. I need more adult characters in my adult reading.
I have to admit the ending was a complete surprise to me. I also am left just feeling bad for a certain character, but I’ll leave you to figure out which one. This was really reminiscent of how I felt reading and about the ending of The Good Girl. I think that people who liked The Good Girl will really enjoy this book, as it was better than Pretty Baby and more of a mystery as well.