Published May 17, 2016
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A couple of years ago I read “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica and really enjoyed it. I thought the book description for “Don’t You Cry” sounded promising and I was looking forward to reading it.
When I first started the book I had a bit of a hard time getting into it. I kept getting confused. I think part of my confusion with the book was due to some formatting issues. A couple of chapters or sections looked like they were kind of smooshed together which made it hard to figure out whose point of view it was. Because this was an advanced readers copy I’m sure that would have been fixed on the final copy.
The book opens on a Sunday morning in Chicago and is told at first from Quinn Collins point of view. Waking with a bit of a hangover to the jarring noise of her roommates alarm clock. Irritated with the noise, Quinn gets out of bed to see why on earth Esther has not turned it off yet. However, when she gets to her roommates room, she sees that Esther is not there. She sees the fire escape window open, but no sign of Esther anywhere in the apartment.
Quinn isn’t worried at first. She figures as it’s Sunday that Esther has probably left for church and has just forgotten to turn off her alarm clock. After most of the day has gone by with no sign of Esther, Quinn decides to have a look around Esther’s room to see if she can glean any information about where she could be.
When she finds a strange letter addressed to “My Dearest” she’s not sure what to make of it. Quinn is usually the one who is known for not making the best decisions (for example the stranger in bed with her when she woke up that morning). But all of a sudden she’s not so sure everything is okay with Saint Esther.
“I should have known right away that something wasn’t right”.
Quinn isn’t sure what to do as she doesn’t know Esther’s parents or anyone else to call. Where is Esther? Is it possible Quinn doesn’t know her roommate as well as she thinks she does?
Next we meet Alex. At this point we’re not sure who Alex is and what he has to do with the original plot. I was a bit confused but I decided to keep reading, and trust that everything would come together. Alex is an eighteen year old boy with an absent mother and alcoholic father. He doesn’t seem to have a lot of friends but is very friendly with fifty-year-old agoraphobic woman named Ingrid. He often delivers her groceries and runs other errands for her. He’s also recently become a bit obsessed with a woman who has recently started coming to the restaurant where he works as a dishwasher.
There was a whole lot going on in this novel. As the book alternates from Quinn’s point of view to Alex’s it almost felt like I was reading two different, but interesting stories. I was enjoying the read but I did find I had to pay very close attention to what was happening. Lots of twists and turns in this book.
I have to say i was very surprised by the ending. I think even if I had figured out what was happening I would still have enjoyed this book. But the fact that I wasn’t even close with any of my guesses made it even better.
Mary Kubica knows how to write an engrossing and suspenseful novel that kept me in its grips right up until the dramatic conclusion.
Thank you to NetGalley, MIRA, and Mary Kubica for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.