Jan 19, 2017

Review: Don't You Cry

Don't You Cry Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Official book description is posted after the review.

REVIEW by Aunt Meanie:

Don't You Cry. By: Mary Kubica. *****
Esther and Quinn
Something was bad wrong. I knew it when Esther, my roommate, didn’t turn off her alarm clock on the freezing cold pre-dawn Sunday morning. I discover her room empty, the window leading onto the fire escape wide open letting the cold air blow in.
Esther has disappeared. After 2 days of waiting and worrying Quinn began searching Esther's room for any clue to where she has gone or why. The things Quinn finds leaves her more confused and very frightened. Letters to “My Darling” that are signed EV (Esther Vaughn). Then Esther’s cell phone rings, a mysterious man on the other end. A text message that is truly frightening, “Paybacks a Bitch”.
It seems like there's a lot about Esther that Quinn doesn't know.

Alex and “Pearl”
Alex first saw her in the cafĂ© where he works. A beautiful stranger, quiet and mysterious. She comes everyday, sits for hours looking out the window at the house across the street. She doesn't tell Alex her name so he calls her “Pearl” because of the small pearl bracelet she wears.
A few nights later Alex discovers “Pearl” staying in the abandoned house across the street from his. Everyone says the house is haunted by a 5 year old girl named Genevieve who died over 20 years ago.
Alex tries to befriend “Pearl”, but she’s starting to seem really weird and creepy. She wants to see the grave of 5 year old Genevieve. Once there she lies on top of the grave and sings a lullaby. The creepiness doesn’t end there.

This book keeps you in suspense from start to finish! You can’t put the book down…. One more page, one more page… you have to know…
What happened to Esther?
Does Esther want to kill her roommate Quinn?
What does Alex discover about “Pearl”?
And last, but not least, what about the ghost of 5 year old Genevieve?
I love how the book has 2 parallel stories, each with their own set of fully developed characters. Somehow throughout the twists and turns they are joined together for an ending I didn’t see coming.
*Note to readers: Don’t skip ahead! You’ll miss a “twist” and belief me, you need to know all the twists and turns to get the full understanding and creepiness of this book.

Did I mention the book was mysterious, dark and creepy?


New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession

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.

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