Title: Don’t You Cry
Author: Mary Kubica
Publish Date: May 17, 2016
# of Pages: 320
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) 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.
Mary Kubica’s Don’t You Cry is a thriller that’s told from two different perspectives, Quinn and Alex. It covers a five-day timeframe from when Quinn’s roommate, Esther, goes missing. From Quinn’s perspective, you’re along for the ride as she uncovers clues and makes assumptions about Esther’s disappearance. From Alex’s perspective, you get an inside look at him befriending a girl you’re led to believe is Esther. Alex and Quinn do not know each other, so the storylines don’t overlap until the end of the book.
This audiobook was entertaining, but I wouldn’t put it in the realm of “amazing.” For a thriller, it was slower paced than I’m used to, bordering on downright redundant at times. This book could have been a lot shorter and still adequately covered the plot.
So what did I like? I liked Quinn and Alex’s characters. I enjoyed the buildup and mystery of the antagonist. Kubica did a great job of leading you along before pulling the rug out from under you. The story itself was intriguing, and I was eager to find out what happened in the end.
What didn’t I like? For starters, the character of Ben seemed pointless. He added zero value to the book and seemed like an unnecessary addition. I also didn’t like how the character of Alex was handled. You follow him along for 50% of the book, and then he dies, and his character seems like more of an afterthought. His death just felt strange. It’s like the author thought to herself, “Someone needs to die” and then picked Alex as a ready option.
All-in-all though, the audiobook made my treks to and from work enjoyable. The voice actors were great, which is important when you’re spending 10+ hours listening to them.
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