Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica
eBook review copy; 320 pages
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica is a highly recommended psychological mystery.
In the opening Quinn wakes up to her roommate Esther's alarm in the
apartment they share in Chicago. The problem is Esther is gone.
Apparently she left via the fire escape and left her window open. Quinn
becomes increasingly alarmed about Esther's disappearance and begins to
wonder if something sinister was planned as she discovers more and more
clues and makes many assumptions based on those clues.
Alternating chapter feature 18 year-old Alex. All his friends have left
for college, but Alex is still working at the diner and taking care of
his alcoholic father. He is intrigued by a mysterious new girl who has
started coming to the diner. He nicknames her "Pearl" because she is
wearing a pearl bracelet. Alex continues to watch, and sometimes follow
Kubica continues to alternate between the two narratives with each
chapter until things merge at the end. This tale is more psychological
mystery and treatise on making assumptions rather than a fast-paced
thriller, per se. It is not full of nail-biting suspense, but it is
still compelling. Part of the appeal is Kubica's talent. The writing is
excellent, descriptive and believable. She does an admirable job
establishing the atmosphere, handling the two narrative threads in the
plot, and developing her very different characters. It just seems to be
taking the action along at a little slower pace.
In the end I enjoyed Don't You Cry quite a bit. It's a decent
mystery and enjoyable entertainment. Fans will like it and it should be
well received by readers new to Kubica. (Try The Good Girl too.)
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Mira for