Book Review: Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

About the Book


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 Pearl’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.

My Review(Spoiler Free)

This is my second book by Mary Kubica, she is turning out to be an auto-read author for me. The first book that I read by her is Pretty Baby which I absolutely loved. It was an interesting psychological thriller that kept me turning pages to the end.

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica is a bit different from Pretty Baby. However, that doesn’t mean that it was any less intriguing. The story is narrated from two perspectives. Quinn was Esther’s roommate who woke up one day alone with her roommate gone. She then embarked on a mission to help solve the mystery of Esther’s disappearance. The second perspective is from Alex, an 18year old in a small town intrigued by a strange woman who shows up in town seemingly out of the blues.

The book had some good twists. I loved the fact that even half-way through it, I still had no idea about where it was going or who the bad guy was. I only figured it out in the final chapters. Interestingly, I wasn’t keen on the book cover before reading it. I think that may have given me some clues about the plot-line.

“Little does she know it, but she occupies ever spare moment of my time.”
Mary Kubica, Don’t You Cry

The only thing that I did not enjoy about the Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica was its slow pace. At some point I felt as if the story dragged on longer than necessary. One of the main characters, Quinn also bothered me at some point. Her paranoia seemed over the top in some instances. At first I was also confused by Alex’s role in the narrative although the dots did connect at the end.

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I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading thrillers/mystery novels. The themes of obsession, malice, deceit all made it a fascinating read. I really like Mary Kubica’s works and I hope to read all of her books especially The Good Girl. If you are  fan of psychological thrillers/mystery novels then you need to check out Kubica’s works.

Book Details 

Author: Mary Kubica

Pages: 312 (Hardcover)

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: May 17, 2016


Book Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica


She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated


 I love a good psychological thriller. I guess that’s why I enjoyed The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Fynn and Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris. A friend gave me a copy of Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica last week and the synopsis got me intrigued enough to drop everything else on my planned reading and start reading the book.

Pretty Baby is a wonderful psychological thriller. It had everything that I look for in a good suspense novel. The suspense was well maintained right from the start when Heidi and Willow met. I kept trying to predict what would happen next but each twist came as a surprise. They were so unpredictable.

The story is narrated from three main perspectives. Heidi and Chris give narratives on the present. Willow mostly gives the background story by narrating on the past. The three perspectives are narrated interchangeably through the chapters giving the story such a good flow.

SCARED BELOVEDI liked the three main characters because they all played major roles in the narratives. However, I thought I understood them pretty well as the story went on but Heidi surprised me as the story progressed. Character development is done pretty well in the book. The twists are many, each chapter  ends with a cliff hanger and the suspense is so intense that I found myself totally lost in the story. It has been a while since I have stayed up so late at night reading a book. I even woke up at 5am in the morning to complete the book before heading to work. Yes, it really was that good.

Pretty Baby by May Kubica is one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read in a while. It reminded me of how much I like this kind of books. If you enjoyed any of the books mentioned in the first paragraph of this review then you will like Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. This is highly recommended for all fans of psychological thrillers.

Ps:Is anyone else excited about watching The Girl on the Train? I just watched the trailer and now I can’t wait for the movie.