Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica // My First Kubica Book Equals Awesomeness

Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Don't You Cry, by Mary Kubica
Publication: May 17, 2016, by MIRA
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: BEA/Publisher

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.

My Thoughts:

I am the biggest psychological mystery/thriller fan on this planet. I have been recommended Mary Kubica's books time after time because they are just my kind of book. There is always suspense, always something that a reader doesn't know until the end of the story. Don't You Cry was the uttermost perfect suspense story. I mean—it wasn't perfect, but Kubica added suspense so perfectly that it was my favourite part of the story. This book is so complex that your head will hurt for a few hours after reading. You won't be able to forget anything that happens in this book for ages afterwards. I only recently noticed that my memory concerning the plot of Kubica's 2016 release was a little foggy. But who cares? If you forget, some voice inside of you will be begging you to re-pick this up again and enjoy Quinn and Esther's story that takes readers on an 'adventure' all over the Midwest to find out where Esther went.

I love books that are about missing people. Not that I would ever wish something like this to happen to someone, but I love the concept and length of these stories. I love how authors create many characters who end up falling into the web of suspense. I love how some authors, like Kubica, create characters who do not rely on the police for a search for the missing person. It shows that these stories are so complex that even your average person wouldn't be able to solve them. I am not a huge mystery fan, but when characters/concepts like these are introduced, I'M IN. Don't You Cry was a book that made me feel so emotional and confused with the world. Kubica added so much vagueness in the plot (in a good way) that I became so perplexed and weirded out, just like the weirdness of the story.

It's interesting how we readers were able to get to know Esther more, even though she was missing for the whole story. We also read the perspectives of Quinn, her roommate, and Alex, a guy who works in a coffee shop in Michigan, a few hours away from Chicago. You would think that these people have nothing to do with each other, but BOY THEY DO. And it's totally unexpected. It's not what you're probably thinking at the moment: "that dude Alex must be the kidnapper! But wait, he's too young!" The second part of that sentence could be true, however. *giggles* I WAS SO SHOCKED WITH THE ENDING AND THE PLOT AND THE CHARACTERS' REACTIONS TO EVERYTHING AND... well you could say I was shocked with the whole book. I did never ever expect the story to end the way it did. I guess it's fate for me to enjoy Kubica's writing now, as I was just so impressed.

The only reason why I wouldn't give this impressive story a 5 star rating was because I WAS SO CONFUSED. I guess the ending really is meant for us readers to interpret. You can make it whatever you want! 😋

Don't You Cry is just absolutely incredible. Once I began reading, the world around me changed (literally) and I was unable to fall asleep at night because I kept feeling that Esther's story was haunting me. This is a psychological thriller for everyone.

*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*

Do you enjoy Mary Kubica's writing? What is your favourite suspense novel?


  1. Whoa the cover!! This sounds so interesting... Great review! :)

    1. I ADORE THE COVER! Every time I look at it I keep getting an Angelina Jolie vibe... or it just me? ;D Thanks Bryce!

  2. I've been meaning to pick up a copy on my many book haunts but I keep forgetting. I love me some smart psychological thrillers myself and this one fits the bill!

    1. Haha, I totally feel you! I'm seriously considering making a to-buy list but then I know that I will go out of control when I have SO MANY books at home. Agh. But I seriously recommend grabbing this one ASAP! :D


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