Review: Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica

Posted 10 January, 2017 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews in Reviews / 19 Comments

*I received a free copy of Don't You Cry from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Review: Don’t You Cry – Mary KubicaDon't You Cry by Mary Kubica
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 17 May 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
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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.

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Don’t You Cry is a deliciously creepy, mysterious tale, where the plot only fully unfolds at the very end of the story.

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At first, I had a little bit of trouble getting into the story of Don’t You Cry (and for the whole time, I had Axl Rose singing in my mind…) because it was quite slow, and one of the narrators was a little… hmm how should I say it?… dense. She was not only a bit socially awkward, she was very immature and unsure of herself. She did grow on me, though, and as the story moved forward, I came to like her and her strange ways.

Don’t You Cry had two narrators, and neither of them was really the main character, and I found that to be refreshing. It is difficult to explain what happened in the story without giving the plot and the mystery away. Especially because there are two main plots, and the way they come to a peak at almost the same time made it a solid mystery, and the psychological thriller aspect of it really messed with my head! Esther disappeared from her room probably during the night between Saturday and Sunday, and her roommate didn’t even know. Until later. And then, she first thought Esther was going about her day as usual. But Esther didn’t come home. And there were no notes. And she didn’t show up for work. And there were some really strange things in her room.

Then, in a small town off Lake Michigan, there is another narrator, a young boy who had a bright future he didn’t seize. He stayed behind to take care of his father, and he had a very vivid imagination. Which made his narration very unreliable. And quite strange. And extremely compelling at the same time. So yeah, Don’t You Cry was very mysterious, with narrators who didn’t know the whole story – and neither did I – until the very end of the book. I enjoyed the story, and thinking back on it, I still get that eerie, weird feeling. So if you enjoy mysteries, you should pick it up!

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“Traffic,” I say, and she sniggers. On her ring finger is a wedding band, given to her by her late husband, Mr. Priddy. There’s speculation that her incessant nagging was the cause of his death. Whether or not it’s true, I can only assume.

Pops spends his dates at the tavern in town, getting loaded and talking about how my mother left him and me when I was five years old. It’s supposed to be a sympathy trigger, but instead he ends up looking like a patsy. Pops ends up crying and scaring the ladies away one by one, like old cars lined in a row for target practice. He has no clue why he’s still alone.

Thought if it wasn’t for the homeliness of the walkup corridor, I wouldn’t quite appreciate the hominess of Esther and my space. Snug and comfy, cozy and warm.

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Lexxie is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. She’s an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

19 responses to “Review: Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica

  1. Well you have me curious, wifey! I like unreliable narrators and I like a book that keeps me in suspense to the very end as well. I’ll put this one on my TBR for someday. Oh, and I’m hearing Axl in my head now. Thanks! πŸ˜‰
    Happy Tuesday! **LOVE & HUGS**

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    I’m happy you ended up liking this and so thankful for the heads up on the narrator and the pace. I read The Good Girl and wasn’t thrilled about the story, but enjoyed the writing (and the twist) enough to be curious about this one. I should be getting it from library soon 😊 great review!

  3. Mary Kubica is one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed this story, for all the reasons you mentioned, but I had an issue with the characters maturity. I guess it was just me. I also gave it four stars. Great review!

  4. When I finished the book Lexxie, I did actually like it. While reading it though, I found it dragged a bit and I kind of had to force myself to read it. But when I saw how it all came together, I appreciated the story.

  5. the dense narrator would prob bother me, depends on how it goes. But I am curious about the little boy. Glad you were able to still enjoy it despite.

  6. OMG I was totally singing Guns N Roses too! Lol

    I love this style of storytelling. It keeps you reading just so you can get to the bottom of the story more than anything!

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