Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two slow burning tales intertwine in a stunning crescendo. I was a big fan of THE GOOD GIRL and this book surpasses the high bar set by Kubica’s debut. DON’T YOU CRY alternates between two seemingly disconnected mysteries, the disappearance of a young woman from her Chicago apartment and the relationship that develops between a teenager and a drifter in a small Illinois town. One of Kubica’s standout talents is her ability to position narrators just outside, yet integral to, the central action, and to give those narrators the perfect balance of curiosity, flaws, limitations, and sincerity. Sincerity is critical in thrillers, because while we want to feel like we’re on an unpredictable ride, we never want to feel tricked. And unpredictable it was. After having the entire book to guess how these stories intersected, the twists still managed to deliver a shocking, satisfying punch. A wonderful read. I can’t wait to see what Kubica comes up with next.

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