I wanted to love Don't You Cry as I've loved all of Kubica's other novels. I didn't love Don't You Cry, but it is a solid, great read. Alex and QuinnI wanted to love Don't You Cry as I've loved all of Kubica's other novels. I didn't love Don't You Cry, but it is a solid, great read. Alex and Quinn are the narrators of this complex, twisted novel. Quinn is the roommate of Esther, a girl who has gone missing. Alex is a boy across the country who watches the new girl in town. Both girls appear to be the same person to the reader, but that would make a short story.
Quinn tears about her and Esther's apartment trying to find clues as to where Esther is. She involves a co-worker's help and the police. Alex watches the new girl as she does odd stuff around town. She is always watching a house and she won't give her name. He is unsure of what she is doing there but he is hoping she may be the girl of his dreams.
The story unravels very slowly. Most may call it a slow burn, and that is true if you can stick with the novel long enough to get to the action. The first half of the book really plods along but once it heats up, it's an inferno and Kubica finally treats the reader to some answers and some action. Stellar writing, diverse characters and a twisted plot mesh well together for this mystery. A solid read!...more
Lily was taken when she was sixteen. She's been held captive for eight years and she's had a daughter, Sky. One day her captor forgets to lock the deaLily was taken when she was sixteen. She's been held captive for eight years and she's had a daughter, Sky. One day her captor forgets to lock the deadbolt to the basement and Lily decides that she can't let that moment pass without trying to escape. She's tried before and it's almost killed her, but this time she has Sky to think of.
Baby Doll is what happens after. Told in alternating views of Eve, Lily, Abby and Rick, the pages just soared by, so entrapped in the story weaving. Lily is also one half of a twin, Abby. Rick is the psychotic man who takes her, and Eve is Abby and Lily's mom. A lot has happened in the eight years that Lily has been gone. Not only does Abby take something that Lily believed to be hers, but she also sinks into darkness without her twin. Eve is lost without one of her girls, and the eventual loss of her husband, and she too takes a different path.
Lily is just trying to take control of her life now that she is out of captivity. But Rick is not willing to let those threads go, even behind bars. A fast-paced novel with powerful family dynamics, Baby Doll will keep you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait to read what Overton writes next! ...more
She's Not There is a light psychological thriller about a toddler who is kidnapped while vacationing in Mexico. The book flips back and forth from theShe's Not There is a light psychological thriller about a toddler who is kidnapped while vacationing in Mexico. The book flips back and forth from the present to the past over a span of fifteen years. It's not heavy into the past, but just certain glimpses of moments that impacted Caroline Shipley's life.
Her daughter Samantha is taken one night while she and her husband on in Mexico celebrating their anniversary. Her other daughter, Michelle, is fine but the story also shows how the loss of her sister and the media attention affected her life, not to mention that her parent's marriage and they themselves are forever changed.
When Caroline gets a phone call from a young teen who thinks she may be her long long daughter, Caroline jumps a plane to get to her, even though she knows that the odds are nil. There have been many con artists over the years taking advantage of her and her family's vulnerable state.
I really enjoyed She's Not There. I read it in two days - it's just so hard to put down. I was really invested in the Shipley's story and although usually I can figure out who did it, I didn't in this case until Fielding wrote it out for me. I enjoyed how the family dynamics were portrayed from several aspects, things I just don't think of in cases like this. Although this is my first Fielding novel, I am anxious to read more of her work. Great suspense!...more
Jack Harris' wife was murdered several years ago and although he says he has moved on in his life, mainly because of his teenage daughter, Buckley, heJack Harris' wife was murdered several years ago and although he says he has moved on in his life, mainly because of his teenage daughter, Buckley, he clearly has not. His file cabinets are full of case files relating to the man who he feels was responsible. When that man is shot dead, along with two others, during Jack's attempt to meet a woman he met online, he is their prime suspect.
Olivia Randall used to date Jack back in the day. They were together several years until Olivia did something that has left a tarnish of guilt on her life ever since. When she sees that Jack has been arrested, she decides to represent him as his lawyer. She knows Jack is innocent. But the man she used to know, or thought she knew, may not be the same.
Filled with twists and turns, The Ex flashes back to Jack and Olivia's past to help authenticate their current relationship and provide contrast to the differences of how they have changed and grown over the years. While this is important to the story, it doesn't deflect from the current events of Olivia delving into the investigation to prove that Jack is innocent.
While I wasn't surprised by the ending, I was surprised with the repercussions of some character decisions on the facts of the case. Or in this case, the lack of...in some instances. I didn't connect with any characters, which really bothered me because I really didn't care who did it. But I had to know why, so I continued my journey with The Ex.
If you're looking for a standard murder mystery, then The Ex is worth a go. But if you're looking for the darker side of a thriller, you won't find that thrill here. ...more