Saturday 15 October 2016

Don't You Cry - Mary Kubica

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.

What did I think?

This is my first Mary Kubica book and I am certain that it won't be my last.  With alternating chapters of Quinn and Alex, this proved to be a very addictive book.  I wasn't sure at first how one would link to the other but I started to come to my own conclusions and as always I was wrong!

Quinn goes on a night out and returns to an empty apartment.  Where has her roommate, Esther gone?  They may be roommates but Quinn doesn't know a great deal about Esther.  As Quinn starts to dig she finds that Esther has recently changed her identity, may have killed her previous roommate, and it would appear that she is looking for a new roommate to replace Quinn.

Alex on the other hand has given up his own chance of education and career to look after his alcoholic dad.  He works in a coffee shop and is drawn one day to a customer who he nicknames as 'Pearl'.  As he describes 'Pearl' she sounds an awful lot like Esther...

Alex lives opposite a supposedly haunted house and Pearl ends up squatting there.  Alex provides her with meals and the pair grow closer.  The house is haunted by the ghost of a young girl called, Genevieve.  Her family went on holiday and whilst her mum was busy looking after her baby sister, Genevieve drowned in the bath.  What does the ghost of Genevieve have to do with it, you ask?  Well you'll just have to read it and see.

This is one of those books that you read and at the end think 'that was pretty good'.  There were a few cliffhanger chapters that kept the pages turning late into the night, but I wouldn't say that I was hooked as such.  It kind of crept up on me and I smacked my head and thought 'I should have seen that coming', but such is the talent of Mary Kubica that I didn't see anything coming at all.  Don't You Cry is definitely worth a read and I plan to check out Mary Kubica's prior novels on the strength of this one.

I received this book from the publisher, MIRA, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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