The Blonde Bookworm: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica - Review

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica - Review

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Title: Don't You Cry
Author: Mary Kubica
Pages: 320
Publishing: May 17th 2016 by MIRA


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.


Don't You Cry has been on my radar for quite some time, and I was really excited to give it a try. I haven't read anything else by Mary Kubica, but I heard good things so I wanted to see for myself. It has been thrown into the same category as books like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, so I knew I was either going to like it, hate it, or be totally freaked out... Somehow, I think I was a mix of the three. 

The novel starts with two seemingly non-related characters, and it slowly weaves their stories together. I don't know what threw me off, maybe it was the fact that there were two different story lines going on, but I got easily distracted and thought the story was a little slow. I couldn't really relate to the characters at all and I thought Quinn was a little whiney and annoying. When Alex and Quinn's stories start to align, I kept thinking, "this is just way too weird... there's really just no way that could happen". I felt like the story took some pretty weird turns, and where some people would think it was an interesting plot twist, I just thought it was really strange. 

All in all, the writing was intriguing, but I just really couldn't get into it. I still want to give some of Kubica's other books a shot, but Don't You Cry wasn't for me. This book falls into the psychological thriller category, so if you like the summary, you should still give it a shot! Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't! 

Rating 2/5


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