Title: Cryer’s Cross
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 8, 2011
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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. (Summary provided by Simon Pulse.)
Earlier today I was cruising GoodReads trying to figure out what I should read next. For the past few days I’ve been struggling to get through a book that wasn’t holding my attention. I have lots of galleys loaded onto my trusty Nook, but I was in the mood to read something really good. And I definitely didn’t feel like playing “galley roulette.” So, I looked at the summaries of a few of the books I have already. Nothing really caught my eye. Then I got to the GoodReads page for Cryer’s Cross. Normally, I avoid looking at reviews of books I’m considering for review until after I finish writing my thoughts on the book. However, when I was on the Cryer’s Cross page I noticed Yara from Once Upon A Twilight had written a review. Before I could stop myself I read the first sentence of her review which said:
I began reading Cryer’s cross yesterday afternoon and finished the book about 6 hours later.
When I saw what Yara had written I knew that was the book I needed to read to get out of this slump. I like her blog a lot, and I typically like the same books she does. I figured it would take a couple of days for me to read it, because it’s Christmas weekend. So, I settled into my little corner of the couch where I like to read, and I didn’t move for probably three hours. Cryer’s Cross is riveting. I was glued to the story. Seriously. It is excellent.
The book reads more like a mystery/suspense novel than a traditional paranormal romance. I found it refreshing to read a paranormal thriller without a vampire, witch, or werewolf in sight. (Not that I don’t love me some vampires, witches and werewolves! Oh and faeries! We mustn’t forget the faeries!) I guess what I’m trying to say is that I found the plot to be very unique.
The book takes place in a small farming community in Montana called Cryer’s Cross. The town is so isolated that there isn’t even a cell phone signal. I loved the the farm community setting. It was nice to see the teen heroine Kendall working hard on her parents’ farm and behaving responsibly. I also think that McMann did a great job of letting the reader experience the innocence of young love. Kendall’s feelings for both Nico and Jacien bring to mind the adolescent struggles we all have as teenagers. It’s hard to put into words, but the romantic subplot reminds me of that moment when you stop having “boy friends” and start having “boyfriends”.
Lisa McMann did an excellent job of depicting Kendall’s OCD. Kendall’s OCD did not define her as a person. It was simply one of the many things that make her who she is. My brother has pretty severe OCD as a byproduct of Autism. So I was glad to see the disorder portrayed in such a sensitive manner.
The most pleasing aspect of this book for me as a reader was the suspenseful plot. I simply had to know what was going to happen next. I could not stop wondering what was going to happen to the characters I had grown to love. Are Nico and Tiffany still alive? Will Kendall be abducted too? What is going on?!! I. Had. To. Know. The ending absolutely floored me. I did not see it coming at all! I hope this becomes a series, because I got really attached to the characters in the short amount of time it took to read this book. Are you listening Simon Pulse? I want more Cryer’s Cross!