by Mary Kubica
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Goodreads: 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.
Kritters Thoughts: Two stories are moving forward at the same and you wonder when and how they may intersect and although it takes awhile they do and in a big way!
Quinn narrates one side of the story and her room mate has gone missing and as she tries to find her she finds out a lot of secrets that her room mate had. The other story is narrated by Alex who chose to stay in his home town instead of going off to college and he is following this new mysterious girl who will change his life.
In true Kubica fashion, this book has twists and turns, but as a reader you will enjoy the final destination. I kept waiting for the stories to connect and as a warning, it is at the bitter end, but I am glad that we had all of the clues and mystery before the final reveal.
This book definitely has a creepy factor and I was glad that I wasn't home alone reading it! From graveyards to haunted houses, all of the creepy things were in this book.
I have read two out of the three of Kubica's books and officially I am a fan and will read whatever comes next - even before I read the synopsis!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin MIRA. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.