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By: Mary Kubica
Publication Date: 5/17/2016
My Rating: 5 Stars +++
Deserving of 10 stars
Best Book for Movie Adaptation
Top Thriller of 2016
A special thank you to MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
H O L Y M O L Y "UnFrigginBelievable"!
When you think Mary Kubica could not possibly top THE GOOD GIRL (2014) and PRETTY BABY (2015) .... landing on my Top 10 Book list for both years; out of nowhere, fizzing along like a slow-burning fuse:
Here comes DON'T YOU CRY (2016). Like no other you will ever read. Kubica, a creative "clever" genius; a "walking" Thesaurus. A writing machine! My Prediction: Best Book for Movie Adaptation and Top Thriller of 2016. Three in a row award.
My personal reading experience:
Kubica, being one of my favorite authors - DON'T YOU CRYwas calling out to me. With a very strong feeling, this one would be as good as the previous (if this is even possible). Fans, if you thought the previous two were awesome- more of the same, plus steroids. Her best yet!
OK, in my weakness, to provide a little treat for myself New Year's Day (night) --after all I worked straight through NYE and New Years’ Day to catch up on work, with no sleep. I decided OK, a few chapters, and hit the sack. Starting at midnight, (not a great idea), I am immediately hooked by the first chapter. The next time I look up it is 5:45 am.
I am at 60%, it is spellbinding; the sun is coming up over Palm Beach. A beautiful sunrise across the intracoastal waterway. From my 15th floor window, Downtown is quiet, the boats are still, the twinkling white lights in the palm trees are glowing, no joggers out yet. It is Saturday morning. As the sun glistens across the water and seeps into my window . . decision time.
Close the book? Go to bed. Or Keep going? NO way am I going to sleep now. At this critical point? Would you walk out of a movie in the middle of the best part?
Not on your life!
I quickly head to the kitchen to make a Caffè Americano and grab a banana. Espresso; no sleep. My Kindle is dead. Never fear, I have three different e-readers; 3 sizes. (always a backup). Books loaded, synced, and open the charged one. Wide awake.
I forge ahead, totally immersed in this story. It is unbelievably good.
Cannot get enough. I am desperate to find out about Esther, Quinn, My Dearest, and Alex. The suspense is killing me. By 75%, it is nail-biting mind-blowing. I am reading slower than usual, savoring every captivating word (and the author provides plenty razzle dazzle).
By 90%, I am breathless and the caffeine is working, adrenaline-fueled; Heart-pounding carrying to me the explosive climax.
It was worth every minute!
Utterly speechless, in awe. Without a doubt, one of the best psycho-thrillers I have ever read. I am hoping for an audio version, and a front row seat at the movie premier. Brilliantly executed.
Mysterious. Hypnotic. Tantalizing. Enigmatic. Alluring. Flawed characters, you will absolutely fall in love with. I wanted to adopt Alex. (Love Quinn's last name, Collins). I also come equipped with EpiPen and Benadryl at all times-can relate. Nice touch with Alex/Quinn personal names.
The summary is right on: "an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession." A book you have to read.
Mary, Mary, Mary Line up your 3 Girls/Babies (3 Books) . . They deserve their own Chicago billboard, and so do YOU!