I really enjoyed The Good Girl but was a bit “meh” on Don’t You Cry, my ambivalence towards Kubica’s Every Last Lie has sealed the deal for me- I’m just not a fan of her delivery.
Our story is told from two perspectives: Clara Solberg in the present and her husband, Nick, in the past.
While Clara is home with her week old son, Nick manages to wrap his car around a tree while driving his daughter home from ballet. Maisie, their daughter, walks away without a scratch but Nick is dead. Maisie begins to have nightmares about a “bad man in a black car” following her and her father which Clara takes as evidence that Nick was murdered.
Through Nick’s POV we discover his dental practice his floundering. A woman sued him for malpractice and has sabotaged his business with negative reviews, the loss of customers causes Nick to lay off his best friend. During all of this Nick reconnects with an ex-girlfriend.
There is also a subplot involving Clara’s mother, who suffers from dementia, and father potentially having money problems of their own.
Very little happens, Nick’s business gets steadily worse in the “before” chapters and Clara gets steadily more suspicious of her deceased husband as she investigates his “murder” on her own. The “pay off” at the end, which is reminiscent of the more successful reveal in The Good Girl, is not big enough to balance out the tedious first two thirds of the novel.
Also, the Amazon subheader is “A Gripping Novel of Psychological Suspense” which is the biggest load of crap outside of a Trump tweet that I’ve read all year.