First of all- it’s the midway point of the year/ CBR9! With 70 read books behind me Goodreads tells me I am 17 books ahead of schedule to meeting my goal of 107… I figure this is a good time to update my goal so I am going to push myself to 120 books. This averages to 10 books per month but gives me some wiggle room in case my pace continues to drag (12 books in May only 7 in June) . Wish me luck!
All of this, however, will be difficult to achieve if I keep selecting books like Don’t You Cry.
I really enjoyed Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl but her follow up, Don’t You Cry, failed to impress. I wasn’t sufficiently hooked until almost 250 pages in, not a good sign for a suspense novel clocking in at only 320 pages, and my overall impression was “meh.”
Quinn’s roommate, Esther, has disappeared from their Chicago apartment. Esther is a near perfect roommate; she is kind and responsible so Quinn gets a bit unnerved by her sudden disappearance. Quinn files a missing person’s report but is told to wait 48 to 72 hours for her to turn back up. While waiting for her friend to reappear she begins to snoop around in her roommate’s room where she discovers a creepy note, addressed to My Dearest, and learns what happened to Esther’s previous roommate.
Outside of Chicago, Alex, a bus boy at a diner, becomes instantly enamored with a girl he’s never seen in town before. He feels drawn to her and, even though she won’t tell him her name, feels obligated to protect her. Of course, not all is what it seems.
The twist at the end is good, even though you’ll probably figure it out yourself about 15 pages before its reveal, but even then it is not enough to justify the impossibly slow burn of the first 3/4 of the novel.