Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

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Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

From the author of the New York Times bestseller everyone is talking about THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica returns an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession.

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

I finished this book a week or so ago. I was needing a day to let this book settle in my system, but I still am just blown away by it and I really struggle to find the words for this story.

This book was an absolute mind-fuck. I was so completely twisted and turned around, trying to understand what was happening, what was real. I kept coming back to this book over and over. I’d read for a bit, put it down so I could get something done, and then I’d have my nose right back in it because even when I wasn’t reading, it consumed my thoughts.

Quinn and Esther are roommates and when Esther goes missing, it causes Quinn to question everything in her life. Quinn is described as being a bit of a slow learner, but I personally didn’t see that in her character at all. I felt more like she was a young girl just trying to find her way, and constantly being compared to her over-achiever sister. Which is how she stumbles on Esther, who happens to be looking for a roommate. The two have a great friendship and Esther sounds like the person you’d love to have as your roommate. But are things always what they seem?

When Esther goes missing, Quinn starts finding out more and more about Esther. About her last roommate, secret letters, shredded pictures and documents. Who is Esther Vaughan?

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan town, Alex stops a bewitching girl sitting in the diner he works at. A strange friendship is born between the two. Alex is incredibly smart, but taking care of his alcoholic father consumes his time and money. So while Alex did have a scholarship to a great college, he couldn’t take it because of his father. As a reader, your heart breaks for Alex. From the moment I read his character, I felt he deserved so much better than what he had.

Overall, I loved this story. It hooked me in from the first page. That said, I did feel like the ending was somewhat anti-climactic. I’m unsure if I like that or not, simply because the ending is such a shock to begin with. I’m torn on if I feel like I wanted more from the ending or if I’m happy the way things were. Either way, this story will leave your jaw hanging open at the end because the end is more insane than anything your mind could ever conjure up on it’s own.

 

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One Pissed Off Shark by Zack Scott

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One Pissed Off Shark by Zack Scott

Ray and his friends have anger issues. So does the shark hunting them.

Let me start by saying this book is fairly sarcastic and satirical in parts. If that isn’t your thing, you won’t enjoy this book as much as I did. However, my sense of humor is intensely sarcastic and that way this story is presented cracked me up. I actually kept thinking of the movie “Burn After Reading” while reading this because the style kept reminding of that style of humor.

The story starts off just telling us about our characters, and how incredibly stereotypical they are. I know some readers wouldn’t like that, but I enjoyed it because this book is meant to have that tone to it. I also enjoyed just having a chapter where everything is out there. One thing I notice newer authors do is introduce so many characters and I get lost in them. But introducing everyone and their quirky attributes really worked for me.

There are horror aspects to this. My apologies to the author, but a part of me almost wished it had more horror in it. I frequently thought of Stephen King as I read this book. The style of writing where its almost a biting satire, and then utter shock and horror, and then right back to normal.

For me, I wish this author would write more horror, because I felt he shined here. I could see these carnal, deathly scenes coming to life. I also feel like this author could write a thriller that would probably scare me senseless. There is one scene in this book where its foggy, and no one can see land. Just the description of this black night, with fog keeping everything hidden is a scene that gave me the creeps.

I would recommend this book, if you enjoy this style of writing. I do and so I loved this book. I’m excited to see more from this author (he’s newer to me and I know he does have other work out).

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

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All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

So I have been looking at this book for awhile now and just finally snagged a physical copy from a bookstore. And wow. I regret having waited so long.

This author weaves an incredible tale that will keep you confused, intrigued, and completely baffled. I say that as a compliment. For someone who loves reading thrillers, there is nothing worse than being able to “figure it out”. The joy truly comes from being shocked by the ending.

Obviously, based on synopsis, this story is told backwards. Trust me, you will think you know what happened but you really won’t. For me, as a reader, my natural inclination is that going backwards would basically kill the story. But by going in reverse, this story takes on a whole other dynamic that kept me completely hooked for hours at a time.

Nicolette Farrell is our main character and she is incredibly progressive. This story follows the present, but also truly takes the reader back to the ten years before, when Corinne Prescott went missing. We see the friendship that this group had, and as a reader, I felt a variety of emotions. We see Nic reminisce on the past, and we see glimpses of her friendship with Corinne; we also see the type of friendship that it really was.

One character that, while missing, is just pure insanity is Corinne herself. Depending on whom you’re talking to, Corinne is a different person. We see a beloved friend, but we also see something darker. We see a nastiness within her, that’s always on the cusp of coming out to play. She is in a constant game of truth or dare, pushing everyone to the brink. What brink that is depends on the person and the situation at the time.

You know I’m going to recommend this book. I know its already a super big hit but I could easily see this becoming a show or a movie because its complex, horrifying, and will have you torn from start to finish on who to love and who to hate.