Talk about a twist! I just finished Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, the queen of twisty mysteries and page turning thrillers. If you have yet to read any of her work well then you must be hiding under a rock. Her books fly because you are literally addicted from the first page. You are taken into these worlds that she creates and given the puzzle pieces to get yourself out. Don’t You Cry was no exception. From the first chapter I had no idea where I was going until the very last pages and what a surprise it was! Plus it’s part of the Booksparks Summer Reading Challenge which is the perfect kickoff for the #bestsummerever and beach reading season!
Quinn is a young woman living in Chicago, making her way as young adult in the real world. She lives with Esther who is her ethereal roommate who seems to have it all. In Quinn’s eyes she is the perfect person who is always there for her even though she knows she isn’t the best roommate herself. She does not pick up after herself and she doesn’t cook but Esther never reveals any ill will and accepts her for who she is. One morning Quinn wakes up and Esther is not there. Not being alarmed at first, Quinn just thinks maybe she stepped out early or went somewhere and will be in touch soon. As the day progresses she starts to pick up pieces that do not make sense. Why is Esther’s phone here? What is this mysterious letter on her desk? Quinn tries to remain calm but as the day comes to a close she knows something is up.
Alex lives in Michigan. He is from a broken home no mother and an alcoholic father with whom he lives with. He works at a diner and one day sees a beautiful girl and he becomes infatuated with her, Pearl. He starts to see her appear all over town and wonders who she is and what she is doing in town. Alex also becomes interested in the run down home across the street from his house where rumor has it a young girl was killed, Genevieve, and her ghost still haunts it. As he develops a relationship with Pearl he becomes entangled into a web of lies and danger. He starts to see strange behavior in Pearl and realizes she has more connections to him then he knows. Told from alternate views Quinn and Alex, although in separate states, are both living in a twisted world of lies and deceit. Who will make it out alive?
This is not my first Mary Kubica novel and it certainly will not be my last. She literally is one of the few that can tell a mystery and leave you shocked at the end. Like literally shocked. Her twists and turns keep the reader addicted and wanting more. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of her page turners. I highly recommend grabbing one and sitting poolside with a beverage that will calm your nerves as you will be chilled to the bone.
Readers do not forget to participate in the Book Sparks Summer Reading Challenge! It is going to be the #bestsummerever and the book selections are HOT! Tag yourself reading any of the selections and make sure to use the hashtags #SRC2016 and #bestsummerever.
*Thanks to Harlequin and Book Sparks for sending a copy for review.