When the weather starts getting warm and I know I’m going to be spending more leisure time outside reading in the sun, my reading tastes begin to shift from heavy, history-laden stories towards adventure, excitement and suspense. This is the perfect time of year to indulge in a twisting, thrilling, action-packed sort of story, one that begs you to keep on reading to try to unravel what will happen next. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica is one such book, one that leads you down one path, tricking you into a false sense of security that you know exactly where the story is going until you approach the end and realize you were wrong all along.
Don’t You Cry alternates chapters between the perspectives of Quinn, a twenty-something Chicagoan, and Alex, an 18 year-old living across Lake Michigan in a small harbor town. Quinn wakes up one Sunday morning to discover her roommate and best friend, Esther, has mysteriously disappeared. The same day Alex, a good guy with a bad life, goes into his dead-end job at a café when a strange and alluring girl walks in. As the perspective alternates between the two of them Quinn will dig deeper into where her friend might have gone, learning that she might not know as much about Esther as she thought, and Alex with try and discover who his mystery girl really is. Neither have any clue how dangerous their search might get, and the reader will never see coming how these two perspectives will tie together.
I pride myself on the fact that I can typically see most twists coming in these sorts of stories, at least landing in the ballpark of where the author is heading. When I began Don’t You Cry I paid particular attention to the small details, thinking this would help me figure out how the two story lines would connect and I genuinely thought I had it. Much to my happy surprise (I say happy because I really love when I’m genuinely shocked by a story) I was completely wrong. Mary Kubica did an extraordinary job of giving the reader some false hints thrown in, concentrating the focus of either Quinn or Alex on things that aren’t necessarily going to lead them to what happens by the end. Now that I’m done I really want to go back and read it again to see what I might have missed and where my attention was led astray. For me I can’t think of a bigger compliment for a suspenseful novel like this!
With complicated yet sympathetic characters (none of who are perfect), a dark, cold setting to add to the suspense, and a well-developed, well-executed mystery, Don’t You Cry has much to commend itself. It’s the perfect read to start off the summer…just be prepared to be shocked by the end!
Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son, and their dogs Oliver and Cleopatra. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship. You can find more of her reviews on her blog.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.