Book Review: Don’t You Cry

Alright my fellow readers, I’m back with a book review my fingertips have been eager to type (my two year-old who no longer naps has had different plans for my time!).

Don’t You Cry (coming May 17th) is suspense/thriller writer Mary Kubica‘s third novel. With a tight plot, flowing prose, unpredictable twists, and a satisfying conclusion, this is the suspenseful treat for which you’ve been searching. It stayed with me for weeks after I turned the last page!


 From publisher’s website:

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 she thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside of Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dish washer. 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. (Cover image taken from author’s website)

The first third of the novel feels like a ticking time bomb as the story winds up, the tension builds, and the reader is teased with possible answers to the puzzle—and then the story takes a sudden turn. Everything I thought I’d figured out was completely wrong in such a satisfactory way.

Don’t You Cry is exquisitely written, and Mary’s descriptions are so well done that I sometimes paused after finishing a sentence to let the image settle in. Her characters are drawn vividly and realistically. And of course it offers twists—especially at the end—that I did not see coming.

You will feel aftershocks with this one, my friends; you will think about this novel days after you’ve finished it. This suspense/psychological thriller truly lives up to its genre, and you will love it as much as I did. (I want to write more, but I’m afraid I’ll give something away!)

Now go pre-order your copy!

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