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.
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.
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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!
I have loved all of Kubica's books except this one. Halfway through I wanted to stop. It finished interestingly enough but was like pulling teeth to make it there.
An amazing concept...poorly executed
In Don’t You Cry, we have several characters stuck in a life of stagnancy. Alex and Quinn are two characters that are stuck in this dull and mundane life.
This was a character driven story including Quinn, Esther, Ben, Alex, Dr. Giles, Ingrid, and many others. With alternating points of view by both Alex and Quinn. They each narrated a separate perception about Esther. Alex retrieved information from Esther while Quinn investigated Esther using clues left behind. Two story’s were being told simultaneously: both about Esther with different perspectives.
Alex was eighteen living with his father while working at a nearby restaurant. He was a very observant character who shared these excessive details. Quinn was Esther’s roommate. They knew very little about each other except trivial living habits. Quinn’s character concocted different scenarios with the information she retrieved about Esther. Alex’s character found interest in Esther’s musings. She spurred interest in his otherwise mundane life. He became obsessed with her wearabouts wanting to spend time with her.
My interpretation of this slow paced character driven story was information overload.
I’m not sure who to focus on or what to focus on. Because of this it was tiresome. I didn’t find this story very mysterious. I found the events strange and random. There were too many questionable unexpected and unbelievable circumstances occurring. Everything makes perfect sense in the final section of the chapter, but it was anticlimactic. Everything leading up this moment was executed with many distractions drawing away from the clues. It was as if Mary didn’t want the reader to figure out mystery. You could pick up pieces but there was no way to make sense of it on your own. That was disappointing to have to wait until the end.
The mystery of Esther’s disappearance gathers slowly before falling into place at the end. Along the way pieces are dispersed throughout the story. Alex and Quinn narrate Esther’s life through their own perception. Alex watches Esther while Quinn collects information from inside the apartment.