Sunday, January 24, 2016

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

A special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Twentysomething Quinn is awakened one Sunday at 6:00 a.m., suffering from a hangover, by her roommate Esther's blaring alarm clock.  Esther's window is open which is odd during a Chicago winter, but Quinn becomes concerned about her roommate's absence only when she selfishly craves the breakfast Esther usually brings her after church.

The police aren't worried yet, but Quinn enlists the help of her cute coworker, Ben, to help find out where her roommate might be. They duo uncover clues that lead to Quinn suspecting Esther of murder—is Quinn next on her roommate's death list?

Meanwhile, an hour up the coast of Lake Michigan, 18-year-old Alex has given up a college scholarship to wash dishes at a diner so he can care for his alcoholic father.  When he notices a mysterious, beautiful girl in his restaurant, he befriends her, hoping for a romance.

Told in alternating voices, Alex's and Quinn's separate mysteries combine in a surprising way.

I really enjoyed The Good Girl and was really excited to get my hands on another book by Mary Kubica.

Each story could stand on its own as a novel, the way Kubica intersects them is quite clever.  There were just enough plot twists, both subtle, and dramatic to make this book a contender to appear on various "best of" lists for 2016.  The writing is tight, descriptive, and the pace is fast enough to keep the reader engaged to polish off this book in one sitting.

Thank you NetGalley, this page-turner was just what I needed on a winter's day.

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