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The Bibliophiliac’s Corner – “Don’t You Cry”

Article and photo by Amanda Merriman

The Connection writer Amanda Merriman admits she is hopelessly addicted to books.  It has been this way nearly all her life.  Every month she shares what she has been reading with the hope that others will share in her obsession.

Mary Kubica proves that she is a master of suspense with her third novel, Don’t You Cry.  In typical Kubica style, readers are drawn into the story from the start.  Quinn Collins shares an apartment with her roommate Esther Vaughan in Chicago.  One day, Quinn discovers that Esther has vanished, and she struggles with what she should do.  Did Esther leave on purpose, or is she in danger?  Quinn finds a letter in Esther’s room that leaves more questions than answers.  In a small town an hour away, a new woman appears in a sleepy coffee shop and mesmerizes a young dishwasher who works there named Alex Gallo.  Alex is lonely and trying to come to terms with the trajectory of his life so far.  When the mysterious girl enters the coffee shop, she provides a welcome distraction from the doldrums of his daily life.  Alex and Quinn are written in a way that makes them feel believable and real.  How well can you really know someone?  Can you really escape your past?  These are questions Kubica makes readers think about while reading her latest book.  As bibliophiliacs tear through the pages of Don’t You Cry, tensions build as Kubica brings the narratives of Alex and Quinn together.  There are plenty of dark twists and turns in this storyline that keep readers guessing and feeling sad when it ends.  But hush little readers, don’t you cry.  Kubica’s next novel will be coming out in 2017.   

Fellow bibliophiles and book club members, please feel free to join in the dialogue.  Blog your thoughts and feedback at and enter the keyword “bibliophiliac” in the search bar.  Have you read a great book recently?   Don’t keep that juicy tidbit all to yourself.  Email your find to



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