Today I am super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Don’t You Cry, the new book from Mary Kubica which was published here in the UK on Tuesday 17th May as an ebook (which was my birthday coincidentally!)
About this book…
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 harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 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.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.
As anyone who regularly reads my reviews knows, this author wrote one of my very favourite books that I constantly mention if asked to recommend books to read. Her first novel “The Good Girl” got me incredibly excited as it did that one thing I ask of a book…it surprised me. I’m always looking for that next “surprise high” now and that’s thanks to Mary Kubica! Her next novel “Pretty Baby” was also enjoyable but didn’t grab me as much so I don’t think I could have been any more excited and curious to get my hands on an early copy of “Don’t You Cry”.
The book is told in my favourite format, two narrators taking it in turns to tell their stories and you know these two plots are somehow connected but how? We have Quinn, who’s flatmate Esther has disappeared seemingly overnight and then we have Alex, an 18 year old dishwasher in a cafe, who meets and falls under the spell of a woman he calls Pearl due to her bracelet. Both of these stories were interesting and you get that thing where you are getting really caught up in the storyline and then it flicks to the other narrative just as your heart rate starts to increase, always the sign of a good book! Both characters were believable and I especially loved Alex, a bit of a loner but with a heart of gold, always looking after everyone in his life, looking for the love he missed out on when his mother left him. The only relationship I didn’t feel totally convinced of was that between Quinn and Ben, her work colleague who also knows Esther and offers to help Quinn find her.
For the first half of the book I really worried about where it was going as not an awful lot seemed to be happening! There was clues along the way and a net full of red herrings but I really wasn’t sure if I was enjoying it or what I was expecting from the plotline. But from about halfway through that all changed! I just couldn’t put it down then! As the plots started to come together, all those twists and turns start to make sense and then you realise exactly how clever this author is! She certainly pulled the wool over my eyes and that doesn’t happen very often!
So if you want a beautifully written psychological suspense that will give you a major adrenaline rush as you head towards the dramatic conclusion then this is the book for you. And then if you love it and you haven’t read any of this author’s other books (where have you been???!!!) go back and find them too! Mary Kubica has definitely claimed her place as one of my favourite authors and with this book she has proved why.
I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review and many thanks to Cara at Mira UK.
Publication date 17th May 2016
About the author…
Mary Kubica is the New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her
first novel THE GOOD GIRL received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best
First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. She is currently
working on her next novel.
Follow Mary on Twitter @Mary Kubica