Don't You CryDon’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

When it comes to suspense, Mary Kubica, is a master of the slow build. Her stories are unpredictable enough to keep the reader guessing, yet she always plays fair and never resorts to a deus ex machina for her twists.

Don’t You Cry is narrated by Quinn, a Chicago twenty-something whose roommate goes missing, and Alex, a teenage dishwasher obsessed with a mysterious young woman who appears one day in his small Michigan town. It’s no spoiler to reveal Alex and Quinn’s storylines eventually merge. The burning question throughout, the one that kept me turning pages, is how and when this will happen?

Occasionally, Kubica’s word choice pulled me out of the story. Language should fit the character’s voice. Evanesce is a lovely and poetic word but to put it in the mouth of an eighteen-year-old not once but twice? And would a self-obsessed twenty-something really refer to someone’s hair as oleaginous? There are other examples, but those two came immediately to mind.

While the overall pacing is good, excessive character reflection during dialog sometimes breaks up the flow of the conversation. Similarly, the extraneous detail inserted during tense narrative moments is distracting. Slowing the story to whet a reader’s curiosity is fine, but too much leaves the reader (me) frustrated and impatient.

Recommended for readers of psychological suspense with a taste for the unpredictable.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for the
opportunity to read and review this title.