Don’t You Cry – Mary Kubica



Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

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.

Don’t You Cry is an intriguing story that is, unfortunately, hidden beneath overly flowery writing and useless description.

I’ve come to realize that psychological thrillers seem to require a stream of consciousness writing style. This writing style adds pages upon pages of useless description and overly written character development. Don’t You Cry falls prey to this writing style and all its consequences.

Don’t You Cry written in is duel perspective, Quinn and Alex. Quinn’s storyline is the only redeeming thing about this novel. Her chapters don’t quite fall prey to the amount of useless description and overly written character development that Alex’s chapters feature, so her story was the only reason I was able to finish the novel. Alex’s chapters, on the other hand, were useless in every sense of the word. They featured so much description of useless information that I often found myself skimming through to get to Quinn’s chapters as quickly as possible. Alex’s character offers absolutely nothing to the story. He isn’t even used as a plot device. He just happens to find himself in the position he’s in for the climax of the novel.


Overall, Don’t You Cry is an interesting mystery that is bogged down by a writing style that quickly becomes a chore to read with a main character that offers nothing to the plot.

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