Review: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
Expected Publication: May 17, 2016
Publisher: MIRA
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

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
In recent months, I’ve been so into mystery/suspense novels that I can’t seem to get enough of them. In the process I became introduced to Mary Kubica and man am I so glad I found her! Her novels are the best they leave you glued to every page and throw you for a loop every time!

In her newest novel Don’t You Cry which is told in alternating storylines we met Quinn who wakes up one day and finds her reliable roommate Esther gone with no explanations. We see Quinn take a look back on their friendship while she tries to find out what happened to Esther and if it was by choice or was there foul play in her disappearance. We also met Alex who lives in a tiny town with its own haunting past as he finds a new girl in town and is intrigued by her actions and is drawn to her for some reason. Alex has his own demons to deal with, between an alcoholic father and a mother who left him as a child he has had to deal with a lot growing up so when he sees this new girl he is instantly taken by her and is determined to learn what she is all about and why she is there.

You think by having alternating storylines one would get confused but this is hardly the case. As you read you think you have things figured out but then in the next chapter everything you thought was true isn’t and that’s what I love most about Mary Kubica’s novels, she gives you everything and nothing at the same time. I‘ve come to realize with her books you can’t take things for what they are, there is always something lurking around the corner.

In Quinn and Esther, she gives us complex characters that are not only smart but have layers of emotions that play into who they are and how they react to those around them. I don’t like giving away spoilers so I won’t but all I can say is wow! This book will have you doubting everything you just read when you reach the end. This is one book with so many twists and turns you just can’t wrap your mind around it all and that’s the main reason why you have to read this!


  1. I keep meaning to try one of these author's books but I haven't gotten around to it yet! This one sounds really good. Thanks for the review.

    1. Kay you must! She has quickly become one of my faves!

  2. Yay, loving all your reviews of suspense/mystery books because that's my favorite genre! Great review, definitely want to read this one!!

    1. Thanks Eva! I'm so glad you enjoy the reviews. I don't know why but this year seems like I'm all about the suspense/mystery, and I'm so glad cause I see all the great novels I've been missing out on.