Release Date: February 8, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around the World Tours
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I just want to start off by saying Lisa McMann has still got it! I know that some people were just a tiny bit disappointed with Gone (that’s probably because we didn’t want the series to end!) but she proves in Cryer’s Cross that she’s more than just the Dreamcatcher series! Much more!
When I opened the book, I don’t know what exactly I was expecting, but I was surprised to learn that this book is creepy! I’m not talking silly corny creepy. No, I mean, perfectly executed horror, creepy. I was sucked into the and by the last 30 pages I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat. It is definitely a MUST READ!
Kendell was very engaging as a main character. She was completely likable and her OCD added so much to the story! Her relationship with Jacian was fantastic. McMann is the master of writing these romances that sneak up on you. They may not seem like much but you find yourself falling madly in love with the relationship these two characters have.
Lisa adds the spookiness to the story by having these short paragraphs between chapters titled ‘WE’. They definitely add a lot to the story and are especially creepy once you figure out what WE is doing.
Please don’t let the fact that I called this horror turn you off to reading it. I would say this is horror for people who don’t like horror. Lisa McMann manages to capture the emotion of the characters, something that is often forgotten in horror. At it’s heart, it’s a book about friendship.
Please, please run out and get Cryer’s Cross on February 8th!! You will have it read by February 9th and you just might sleep with the lights on.