An electrifying tale of deceit and obsession from New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl Mary Kubica
In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small 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, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’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.
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An autumnal chill, as piercing as the wind off Lake Michigan, pervades this muted psychological chamber piece from Kubica (Pretty Baby). The story unspools, initially slowly, through two alternating narrators: Quinn, a young Chicago woman whose exemplary roommate, Esther, has gone missing, apparently out the fire escape of their apartment, and 18-year-old Alex, who turned down a full college scholarship to stay in his poky hometown on the shore of Lake Michigan an hour outside Chicago to care for his alcoholic father. As Quinn starts to discover that there seems to be a lot about Esther that she didn't know some of it downright scary and Alex befriends a pretty but peculiar stranger he nicknames Pearl, the dual accounts begin to ping off each other. Although the pace accelerates in the final third as the plot speeds toward a shocking if contrived climax, the book as a whole boasts nowhere near the urgency or impact of Kubica's white-knuckle debut, The Good Girl. Author tour.
Great premise, not so great execution
I give this book 2.5 stars.
The premise and cover drew me to this book, but unfortunately it didn't meet my expectations. The way it was written, with the characters repeating the same thing over and over, often within paragraphs of saying it the first time, made for a very, very, laborious read. It took me longer than usual to finish this story because of that. Also, the two characters: Alex & Quinn, had the EXACT same voice. There was no difference in their individual chapters. Alex is a boy and younger than Quinn, so I was expecting at least SOME difference in their POV's. The plot itself did not grip me as I'd hoped it would. I figured out how the ending would play out in a matter of chapters.
Was hoping for more, but didn't get it. Still, the premise was intriguing enough that I'm willing to try another Mary Kubica book in the future!
One of the slowest and uneventful books I’ve ever read. Detail overload. Nothing exciting about it. Not sure where this came from because I usually enjoy this author.
This book was hard to finish for me. Multiple times I had to skip sections due to the exhausting amount of unimportant details. I didn’t get interested until the very last part of the book. I am so glad to be done reading it so I can move along.