Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

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.

Holy Scariness. Cryer’s Cross was an epic, scary, fierce novel. This novel is an incredibly quick read that had me *metaphorically* biting my nails thought the whole thing. When people told me that this book was scary, I honestly didn’t believe them. Lisa McMann’s previous books didn’t scare me so I didn’t think Cryer’s Cross would. I was wrong. Every page made the book creepier and creepier, which is awesome.
I loved how different McMann made her main character. Instead of having her perfect (like many books do), Kendall was flawed. I loved that Lisa did something different with having Kendall have OCD.
Lisa McMann wrote a total winner with Cryer’s Cross. It’s scary, it’s addicting, and it’s totally original.
This book didn’t suck me in as fast as Lisa’s other books (the Wake series- it’s amazing), but it is still one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year.
I completely recommend it! Even if you are afraid of anything scary (like me) or if you think you’re fearless, I guarantee that Cryer’s Cross will freak you out. Lisa McMann wrote a book that will haunt you with every page, but you still won’t want to stop reading.

FTC- Bought.


Anonymous said...

Great review! This book totally creeped me out. I think I had goosebumps for the majority of it!

thebookstalker said...

I enjoyed this book too. Great review.