Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Hardcover: 233 pages
Published: February 8th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN 1416994815
ISBN13: 9781416994817
Received: Bought
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.
My Review:
I was very excited to read this book. Cryer's Cross I thought would be chilling, scary and mysterious read. I got a lot of mysterious with not a lot of pages. The story was interesting. But, just not enough story part. Nothing was really ever explained until the very last couple chapters. Then I felt it had waited so long for the 'reveal', that it ended to fast. 
You do not get a lot of information on the characters. Or the town of Cryer's Cross which makes the book more interesting. You want to know, 'What is going on in this town'. A town of 200+ people. Where crime is not really something that is heard of. But, a haunting maybe..... 
Kendall was a great character. She suffered from OCD, which I do. So I know that it is a very annoying thing. I have to have certain things certain ways or I really get stressed. So, that being said. I get it. 
Jacian, was the mysterious bad boy who had just moved to Cryer's Cross. 
It brought a lot of attention to him. Having moved right before the disappearance of Tiffany. ... .
The bizarre disappearance Nico turns Kendall and the whole town into a panicked mess. 
After no word Kendall starts hearing what she thinks is Nico speaking to her. Rather whispering. Which is driving Kendall crazy. 
She tries to figure out what is going on. Later finding herself in a bad situation..
This book hold the very mysterious factor. But, I just wish there was more... something! 
Great read though.


  1. I get exactly what you're trying to say! Sometimes almost everything about the book is awesome but "something" is missing!

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  2. I just got this one about two weeks ago. It doesn't sound like something I usually would enjoy but I'm going to give it a chance because I recently read The Unwanteds by Lisa and I really enjoyed that so I'm trying some of her other books. Plus she lives in AZ so I see her all the time and I hear her talk about her books so much, I figured I better start reading them because she makes them sound so interesting.

    Thanks for the great review.


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