- Written by: Mary Kubica
- Published by: Mira an imprint of Harlequin, May 17, 2016
- Length: 320 pages
- Source: This book was sent to me from the publisher, without charge in exchange for an honest review
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 Pearl’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.
My Thoughts : I eagerly anticipated the release of this book, as I enjoyed Mary Kubica’s first two twisted books. I tried very hard to into this plot, it’s characters and it was just not easy.
First off I didn’t feel any warmth or kinship to either Quinn or Alex. Quinn had very few redeeming values in my opinion. She was selfish and attempted to do as little as possible to get by. Alex’s life was a much sadder tale, a life stunted and held back from flourishing and moving forward. Throughout the book Esther remains a mystery, part etherial and then another part plotting her every move.
The book moves between the two main characters, and the reader is getting clues and ideas as to how the two stories will cross and come together, but it is slow and left me disinterested. I had to sadly say that I pushed myself to finish the book, and I was not happy with the twist and ending.
This is not Ms Kubica’s best work, and while many may read and enjoy I would advise you to read her first books, The Good Girl, and Pretty Baby for a better source of her skillful writing.