Don't You Cry

Mira: Harlequin. May 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780778319054. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781459294868. F
In Chicago, Quinn wakes one Sunday morning to find that Esther, her roommate and best friend, is missing. Quinn tries to come to terms with her fears and begins to mature with the new responsibility of living alone, as she looks for Esther. Somewhere on the other side of Lake Michigan, 18-year-old Alex watches a mysterious new girl in town whom he'd like to meet. He doesn't know her name, but he calls her Pearl because of the little bracelet on her wrist. He watches her when she comes into the diner where he works, and he suspects she's squatting in the town's haunted house. As Quinn follows clues to find Esther, and Alex works up the nerve to speak to "Pearl," their life stories emerge, and a decades-old ghost story is explored, its mysteries revealed. Told in alternating voices, the narrative simmers slowly to a tight, surprising ending.
VERDICT Fans of Kubica (The Good Girl; Pretty Baby) will enjoy her third stand-alone book, as will anyone who delights in the recent wave of terrific missing-persons novels. [See Prepub Alert, 2/21/16.]
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