By: Mary Kubica
Publication Date: 5/17/2016
My Rating: 5 Stars +++
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New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica returns with an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession.
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 harbor 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 charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.
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 in the end.
A special thank you to MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Holy Moly. UnBelievable! By Golly, Sister- You have Yourself Another WINNER!
When you think Mary Kubica could not possibly top THE GOOD GIRL (2014) and PRETTY BABY (2015) .... out of nowhere, fizzing along like a slow-burning fuse - here comes DON'T YOU CRY (2016).
Like no other you will ever read. The author, a creative genius; a "walking" Thesaurus. A writing machine.
My Prediction: Best Book for Movie Adaptation. Top Thriller of 2016. Three winners in a row award (sure there is one out there).
Kubica, being one of my favorite authors - DONT YOU CRY was calling out to me. With a very strong feeling, this one would be as good as the previous (if this is even possible)...Fans, if you thought the previous two were awesome- more of the same, plus steroids.
Her best yet!
OK, in my weakness, to provide a little treat for myself New Year's Day (night) --after all I worked straight through NYE and NYD to catch up on work, with no sleep. I decided a few chapters, and hit the sack.
Starting at midnight, (not a bright idea), I am immediately hooked by the first chapter. The next time I look up, it is 5:45 am. I am at 60%, it is spellbinding; the sun is coming up over Palm Beach. A beautiful sunrise across the intracoastal waterway. From my penthouse floor window, downtown is quiet, the boats are still, the twinkling white lights in the palm trees glow, no joggers out yet. It is Saturday morning. As the sun glistens across the water and seeps into my window. . .decision time.
Close the book? Go to bed. Or Keep going? NO way am I going to sleep now. At this critical point? Would you walk out in the middle of a movie?
Not on your life!
I quickly head to the kitchen to make a Caffè Americano and grab a banana. Espresso; no sleep. My Kindle is dead. Near fear, I have three different e-readers--3 sizes. (always a backup).
I forge ahead, totally immersed in this story. It is unbelievably good.
Cannot get enough. I am desperate to find out about Esther, Quinn, My Dearest, Ingrid, and Alex. The suspense is killing me. By 75%, it is nail-biting mind-blowing. I am reading slower than usual, savoring every captivating word.(and the author provides plenty razzle dazzle).
By 90%, I am breathless and the caffeine is working, I am wide awake-----Heart-pounding twists, carrying to me the explosive climax.
Man, it was worth every minute!
I am left, utterly speechless, in awe. Without a doubt, one of the best psycho-thrillers I have ever read. I have also purchased the audio (currently listening)-- and anxiously awaiting a front row seat at the movie premier.
Brilliantly executed. Mysterious. Hypnotic. Tantalizing. Enigmatic. Alluring. Flawed characters, you will absolutely fall in love with. I wanted to adopt Alex. (Love Quinn's last name). I also come equipped with EpiPen and Benadryl at all times-can relate. Nice touch with the personal names.
Mary, Mary, Mary Line up your 3 Girls /Babies . . They deserve their own Chicago billboard, and so do "YOU".
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About the Author
Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature, and lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. She is currently working on her next novel.
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