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Crime | Don’t You Cry | Mary Kubica

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I’m welcoming Josie back to the blog today, sharing her review of  Mary Kubica’s Don’t You Cry which is available now in ecopy, hardcover or audio formats.  The paperback edition is publishing 25th August.

Book cover Don't you Cry by Mary Kubica

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 year old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.


Having previously read and thoroughly enjoyed The Good Girl, I was incredibly excited at the prospect of reading Mary Kubica’s new book. When I first started the book I found it difficult to engage with, however with its twist and turns, I was soon gripped.

The story is told from the perspective of two characters; Quinn and Alex. The book starts on a Sunday morning as Quinn is woken up by her flatmates alarm. As she goes to investigate, she finds her flatmate, Esther, missing. The scene is confusing and when sifting for clues in her room she finds a suspicious note making her question how well she knows her flatmate at all.

Alongside this, Alex, a young 18-year-old boy is introduced to the story. His sad story is slowly unravelled, with an alcoholic father and having to turn down a scholarship to university to care for him being only some of the problems facing him. But whilst working in a coffee shop, he notices an attractive young girl and soon becomes engrossed in her beauty. It is during Alex’s side of the story that you are introduced to another character named Ingrid. Ingrid is a recluse, living on her own and never going outside for fear of what may happen to her. Alex makes food deliveries to her and she becomes the motherly figure that he has always hoped for in life.

As the story unfolds, it is not at all apparent of how the two characters, Quinn and Alex, are linked. Alex lives in a small town that is riddled with gossip and rumours from the past and Quinn lives in the big city, only thinking of herself and her own problems. However, in true Mary Kubica style, the story has a dark and dangerous twist that you do not see coming. Secrets from the past are revealed and the links between the characters uncovered.

A tale that will have you completely engrossed from start to finish. I highly recommend for all that love crime and mystery thrillers.


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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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