Cryer’s Cross – Lisa McMann
Release Date: February 8th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.
What can I say about this book. I really did like it for the most part. I think my favorite thing from the book was the character development. I loved getting to see the workings behind Kendall and her OCD, I think I enjoyed it most because, having OCD, seeing someone else and how they deal with it and knowing that your not the only one with something like this is comforting, especially to see her tendencies be similar to the ones that I have. I also really liked getting to see Jacian’s character develop and go from the mysterious new boy, to the character I think I most fell in love with.
Something else that I really enjoyed about this book is, with Kendall’s semi paranoia came my own. Trying to figure out who could be the one connected to these disappearances and what exactly was going on. I think also that the ending threw me just as much as it threw her. I didn’t really see it coming until the very end, right before she found out and everything came together. Although I wasn’t happy with what the cause of everything was, I think it brought things together quiet well and drew the story to the best close that it could really have.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. Honestly I think this book would be good for anyone who really loves the paranormal and more suspenseful stories. That’s the vibe I got from it and was what I was in the mood for when I decided to read it. Also, anything by Lisa McMann is bound to be good. I might be a little bias but she is one of my favorite authors. So yes, go out and buy the book, it’s a book that I know I will read more than once, because I’m sure there’s something I didn’t pick up the first time I read it, and would be glad to revisit the story, even knowing how it ends.