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Sunday, May 22, 2016

2016 Book 153: DON'T YOU CRY by Mary Kubica

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica 
ISBN: 9780778319054 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781459294868 (ebook)
ASIN: B0181W5CBU (Kindle version)
Publication Date: May 17, 2016 
Publisher: 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.

Quinn Collins awakens on a Sunday morning in Chicago expecting to find her roommate, Esther Vaughan, preparing for church. What she finds instead are an empty bedroom and an open window. Unsure of how to proceed, Quinn searches Esther's bedroom and finds a weird letter and information that Esther has legally changed her name. That same morning, Alex Gallo is working in a small resort town diner in Michigan and becomes enamored with a customer he calls Pearl. Alex knows nothing about Pearl except she is a distraction from his mundane life. Instead of being away at college, he has stayed in town working a menial job just so he can take care of his alcoholic father. Over the course of one week, both Quinn and Alex come to realize that it isn't really possible to know another person and that the past is never far from our present in Mary Kubica's latest release, Don't You Cry.

I'm a huge fan of suspense thrillers and psychological thrillers and Ms. Kubica has crafted another fine example of a psychological suspense thriller with Don't You Cry. Even though I was dealing with a migraine, I couldn't stop thinking about this book and impatiently awaited resuming my reading (yes, it is just that good!). Don't You Cry pulled this reader in from the first few chapters and kept me enthralled until the very last page. The story is told in alternating voices of Quinn and Alex and the action takes place over the course of one short week. And there's a lot crammed into that week: remembrances of friendship, family drama, coming-of-age angst, hazards of small town life, hazards of big city life, and hints of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced and gripping story and can highly recommend it to readers of suspense or psychological thrillers. If you're not sure about this genre, then I suggest you add all three of Ms. Kubica's titles (The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, and Don't You Cry) to your TBR list, because after reading just one of her books you're sure to be a fan.

Read an excerpt from Don't You Cry here

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley and a print copy from BookSparks PR. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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