Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Friday, April 8, 2011 |

Title: Cryer's Cross
Author: Lisa McMann
Pages: 233 (hardcover)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February, 2011
Source: Publicist


The small town of Cryer’s Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain.

When a second student goes missing—someone close to Kendall’s heart—the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral of fear and anxiety, Kendall’s not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she’s losing her grip on reality. But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school—messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there—Kendall decides that crazy or not, she’d never forgive herself if she didn’t act on her suspicions.

Something’s not right in Cryer’s Cross—and Kendall’s about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.
McMann’s Cryer’s Cross is hauntingly creepy and scary, but yet, original and refreshing. It’s dark and mysterious with its unique concept; mysterious disappearances happening in a small town.

Constantly, McMann throws mind baffling twists and turns that are totally unexpected. Cryer’s Cross is plot-driven, it was the one that drove the whole story to flow and work. Also, McMann’s writing is so distinctive and dominant writing, that it is easy for readers to feel the emotions of the characters. The only lowlight to the way McMann brought this story together is that she could have thrown in more hints or a little more knowledge on what happened to the people who were missing.

Refreshing and interesting, Kendall’s OCD added so much to the story. It was easier to get her personality through. The fact that she had to deal with so many compulsions, but yet was able to stay calm on the outside was pretty fascinating. Jacien, at the start, was a jerk. He shined his angriness that he had moved to the town.

The relationship between Kendall and Jacien was, not surprisingly, startling. McMann’s way of building up romance in a story has never ceased to amaze me. When Kendall and Jacien immediately start to connect, Jacien unfolds and starts to change.

Cryer’s Cross is a haunting thriller that psychological horror enthusiasts are sure to enjoy. A great stand-alone from McMann!



Maya said...

I was wondering about this one. This looks awesome, thanks for the review!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Fantastic review Mavie! I really enjoyed Cryer's Cross, but only wished it had been longer. McMann is so talented at developing characters and relationships in such a short number of pages. The OCD aspect works really well too. I saw in an interview that Kendall's OCD is actually based upon McMann's own daughter, so it makes sense that she was able to write it so well.

Kayla + Cyna said...

It was a really good book, I agree. I just had to war with myself about recommending a book about a killer desk. I mean, that premise alone is like the punchline to a bad Stephen King joke.

Aleetha said...

I have just bought her book series. But I have not started yet. They said it's also creepy like that book above. I wonder how frightening the book is.

I hope the local publisher also buy the right of this book.

Lena Sledge said...

Excellent review. I love good books with series because you can keep going and enjoying the characters you love.

Cozy in Texas said...

Sounds creepy.

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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