Don't You Cry

by Cass Green

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LoveReading Expert Review of Don't You Cry

Make sure the edge of your seat is comfortable, as you’ll be spending a fair bit of time on it with this distinctive read.

A dynamic, powerfully expressive novel that feels so real, you could be conjuring it to life as you read. Angel saves the life of English teacher Nina, later that night Angel turns from saviour to adversary when she and her blood soaked brother turn up at Nina’s door. Each chapter is headed by one of the main characters, they feel vividly real, almost touchable, and their pain and anguish sliced into my thoughts. Cass Green created an unexpected atmosphere as energetic whip-fast chapters gently, almost quietly revealed background information, which allowed my mind to process the action while sifting, analysing, questioning. Good and bad may be seen as opposites, yet there are times when lines and edges blur, creating a stimulating storyline that just crackles with tension. Don’t You Cry surprised me (which I always love) and left me feeling very satisfied indeed. Just make sure the edge of your seat is comfortable, as you’ll be spending a fair bit of time on it!

Liz Robinson

Don't You Cry Synopsis

One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror. The USA Today and Sunday Times top ten bestselling author returns with a dark and twisty psychological thriller.

She saved your life.

When Nina almost dies during a disastrous blind date, her life is saved by a waitress called Angel. But later that evening, Nina is surprised by a knock on the door. It's Angel - and she's pointing a gun at her.

Now she'll make you pay.

Minutes later, Angel's younger brother Lucas turns up, covered in blood shielding a stolen newborn baby in his arms. Nina is about to endure the longest night of her life - a night that will be filled with terror and lead her to take risks she would never have believed herself capable of...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008287214
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Cass Green
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Don't You Cry Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

What an exciting book. Nina, Angel and Lucas meet in strange circumstances and the night they spend together is even odder. You will not be able to put this down until the end.

This is a story told between Nina, Angel and Lucas. Their meeting is quite extraordinary but it begins with Nina waiting in a restaurant for her blind date. As she feared, he is awful and she cannot get through the meeting fast enough. She is too polite to just leave.

Not wishing to prolong the evening she orders olives for herself and begins to choke. The quick-thinking waitress Angel performs the Heimlich Manoeuvre. She saves her life and changes it forever.

Nina is a mum to Sam and an English teacher at the local comprehensive. Recently left by her husband of 15 years, she is bereft to find that he is now living with a younger woman.

Having fallen asleep on the sofa, she hears and loud banging on her front door. Fearing it could be bad news as Sam is with his father before going on holiday, she opens it. What happens in the next few hours is nothing short of horrific. The waitress Angel is on her doorstep, soaking wet and barges her way into the house. Being threatened by her with a gun Nina has little option but to find her dry clothes. It is not long after that when Angel's brother turns up with another surprise.

The author does justice to a rather complicated plot. The characters show great compassion and are well depicted.

A good read for those who like a quick exciting read. 

Nicki Southwell

A gripping novel that unravels as the characters grow. A real page turner!

This book follows Nina, a women looking to restart her life after her husband left. One night everything changes for her, after a chance encounter with a waitress called Angel. The story really begins when Angel arrives on her doorstep late one night. All is not as it seems though!

Without giving much away, a hostage situation occurs and things won't ever be the same for Nina when Angel's brother arrives at the house carrying a newborn baby and covered in blood.

A gripping novel and a real page-turner. Once you think you know what's happening more doors open to leave you guessing once again.

The characters in this book developed nicely over time and before you know it you realise you are warming to ones you didn't think you would. The book was nicely written and easy to read.

Cat Hogwood

Absolute page-turner. A brilliantly crafted thriller, that kept you guessing right to the end.

I absolutely loved this book! I haven’t read the author before but was very impressed.

Set in a quiet ‘middle England’ town, lives Nina, divorced mum of one, with her son Sam, who is away with his father and the new girlfriend in France. Thank God, because all hell is about to break loose at home!

I thought this story was well crafted, used lots of modern references, some so recent you just know it was written this year, which makes me think it will probably not stand the test of time, although who knows? Maybe kids will be studying it in 50 years and laughing at our ‘modern’ world.

I have to say I was hooked from the outset. I loved The main characters and empathised with them. I was, however, really disappointed with the ending. To me, it was like a glorious meal. There has obviously been a lot of planning over which ingredients should go into it. Then those ingredients have been carefully prepared, marinated if you will. Everything has been carefully put together, added at just the right time, in just the right quantities, to make sure all the flavours come together in just the correct way at the right time, so that it is served beautifully. But then it is eaten in double quick time. I just felt that the whole story got wrapped up in 1 page at the end! It has been so carefully structured and mastered throughout, keeping me on the edge of my seat and then I just felt let down by the ending.

Amanda O'Dwyer

After a disastrous blind date, Nina becomes involved in a hostage situation involving two damaged young people and a kidnapped baby. A pacy and engrossing thriller.

Don’t You Cry opens with a recently separated middle-aged woman waiting in a café for her blind date to arrive. Sounds like one of those books about the challenges of moving on when a long-term relationship ends? Well, sort of – if your way of moving on is to get involved in a hostage situation involving two damaged, unpredictable young people and a kidnapped baby.

When Nina – our protagonist – goes home after her abortive blind date, she is about to live through a very strange and disturbing night. And that is only the start of things. Once the night is over, Nina is compelled to try to find out what lies behind her ordeal. With its themes of domestic abuse and violence, this is a dark tale which whips along at a great pace. Some of the characters’ actions strain credulity (more than once I found myself shouting – usually at Nina – “what on earth are you doing that for???”).

However, despite the occasional hard-to-believe choices made by all three characters, this is a pacy and engrossing page-turner. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Bernadette Scott

This book is a real page turner. Tense, fast paced and immersive, Cass Green takes you on a journey that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

This book is a real page turner. From the first page where we meet Nina with all her raw imperfections and harsh self doubt, to the shocking events that unfold with some uninvited visitors to her home, you find yourself both rooting for and shouting at the three main characters in equal measure. These are well defined characters that take you on their journey with them and through the twists and turns of the story, you question everyone, question every decision and try to peer through the revelations to uncover the truth. The chapters are short and alternate between the main characters which keeps the pace of the story going and entwines these believable people together. This is the first of Cass Green's books that I have read and certainly won't be the last. I definitely recommend this book.

Nikki Telling

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller full of twists and turns that will have you guessing up to the last few pages.

Nina is held captive by a woman called Angel, who only hours earlier has saved her life. Now Angel, her brother and a stolen baby have invaded her home and she has to endure a night of terror. She starts to learn more about her captives and slowly starts to wonder if their horrific story can be true. Even after her ordeal is over, she holds onto that thought, which leads her into even deeper trouble. This is a thriller that delivers and I really found it impossible to put down.

Adrienne Kinsella

Don't You Cry by Cass Green is a brilliantly twisty psychological thriller of the domestic noir genre and I for one, ADORED it!

Don't You Cry by Cass Green is a brilliantly twisty psychological thriller of the domestic noir genre and I for one, ADORED it!

I was getting quite irked at times when I wasn't able to pick the story up and continue with it as I was so engrossed with it. Since there are only a couple of main characters to the story you become very attached to them and want to follow it through to the end in one go. Due to having an easy-to-read and uncomplicated narrative, it would be a pleasure to fly through this book in a day...I only wish I could have!

I particularly liked how the first chapter in the story had such extreme consequences for that character in the rest of the book and it was an ingenious idea to incorporate such a plan. The plot was tight and well thought out and really kept me constantly suspicious of Angel and Lucas' intentions and I was also very intrigued as to what had actually happened to bring them to Nina's door that night in the first place. Baby Zach was a star too and I truly felt for his distress during his ordeal.

I liked Angel and I definitely had a soft spot for Lucas and because I like reading flashbacks in stories I enjoyed reading their story from when they were young.
It was an apt ending and the very last page had me smiling from ear to ear, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending it to thriller readers young and old alike!

Miriam Smith

Cass Green Press Reviews

'A genuine page-turner. I flew through it. You won't be able to put it down' Christi Daugherty

`I powered through the fantastic Don't You Cry - it's twisty, original, and impossible to put down!' Roz Watkins

'Incredibly tense and utterly gripping with a strong, original premise - this is Cass Green's best yet and I implore everyone to read it' SJI Holliday

`A heart-racing, twisty thriller jam-packed with emotion and suspense - I loved it.' Mel Sherratt

'A compulsive, addictive read, cast with unnerving characters and a premise that packs a real emotional punch' Lucy Clarke

`I found it impossible to put Don't You Cry down. It's claustrophobic and tense, and, as the layers are masterfully peeled back, there is a sense of real menace. Truly gripping' Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna

`If you want a page-turner with a cast of compelling characters, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down' Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill

Praise for Cass Green:

`A gripping page-turner with a twisted ending. Brilliant!' Psychologies

`Dark, gripping and totally compelling. A genuine page-turner' Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna

`A beguiling thriller, beautifully written and suffused with a delicately rising sense of menace which builds to a nerve-shredding climax. Once again Cass Green has written a book which you'll happily be held captive by' Eva Dolan

`The Girl on the Train meets Notes on a Scandal. I read it one sitting, totally gripped.' Erin Kelly

`The Woman Next Door had me gripped from first page to last - completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls'

Ruth Ware, author of In A Dark Dark Wood

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About Cass Green

Cass Green is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers and an award-winning writer of fiction for young people under the name Caroline Green. Her first novel for adults, The Woman Next Door, was a No.1 ebook bestseller, while the follow-up, In a Cottage in a Wood, was a USA Today bestseller and a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. She is the writer in residence at East Barnet School and teaches courses in Writing for Children at City University and Crime Fiction at City Lit. She lives in London with her family.

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