Killer Nashville Book of the Day
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
Reviewed by M.K. Sealy
Last year, I had the opportunity to review the phenomenal Pretty Baby, by Mary Kubica, and I was highly impressed with the second novel of the quickly rising author. When I was given the chance to review her third novel, Don’t You Cry, I jumped at the opportunity immediately. Hoping for plot, characters, and writing that was just as impressive as what I encountered in Pretty Baby, I dove into the book with hunger and was not disappointed.
Much like Pretty Baby, Kubica’s Don’t You Cry, is gripping and excels in the art of misdirection. From the very beginning, Don’t You Cry is electrifying, the deception and dynamism working together to keep the reader guessing at every turn. The novel follows Quinn Collins as she is left looking for answers after the disappearance of her roommate and good friend, Esther Vaughn. Simultaneously, it follows Alex Gallo as an important and enchanting visitor enters his life and what seems to be an innocent interaction becomes something much more sinister and entrenching.
Though the plot and setting are phenomenal—pulling readers into the novel’s atmosphere with ease—it was the characters, their thought patterns, and their interactions that sucked me in and had me thumbing through the pages as quickly as I could, watching as an intricate web developed. Whether it was interaction between Quinn and her memories of the friendship she shared with Esther, or between Alex and “Pearl”, as he tries to navigate the feelings he develops for the intriguing stranger, Don’t You Cry explores the psyches of the characters and leaves the reader questioning human nature.
Don’t You Cry is an impressive novel that yet again demonstrates the talent Kubica possesses to develop complicated plots, believable characters, and engulfing settings.
M. K. Sealy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in literature from a Nashville university. She is a copyeditor for a Nashville-based publication, but also writes poetry, fiction, and is currently attempting a screenplay, all while working to obtain a Master of Education.
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