Monday, February 14, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Summary Provided by Simon Pulse:
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.

My Thoughts:
Ok, so this book was terrifying. I literally was not able to put it down and I read it in 2 and ½ hours. I needed to know what was going on and my heart was beating so fast I seriously thought I was about to have an anxiety attack. I finished the book around 1am and the last page scared the hell out of me that I wasn’t able to fall asleep for another hour. So I recommend finishing this book sometime in the morning so you’ll have those daytime hours to get over the ending before bed.

I really liked the characters in Cryer’s Cross, especially Kendall. McMann wrote Kendall’s OCD perfectly, which made the reader experience the OCD right along with her. Kendall was strong, loyal and funny. Kendall’s best friend and kind-of boyfriend, Nico, is the second person in the town to disappear. It was so nerve racking when Nico disappeared. I was able to feel the pain that Kendall was experiencing and it was heartbreaking. I kept going through different scenarios about what could have happened to him (I was wrong about every single one of them, BTW). Then there is the new kid in town, Jacían. Him and his family move into the small town of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (by small town I mean 212 people!) around the same town that the first girl disappears. Jacían is a complex character and he starts off basically being a rude and standoffish guy, but by the end of the story I really liked him, and someone I wish we could have seen more of.

Cryer’s Cross is a great read. The story is captivating and you won’t be able to stop reading until you figure out what the hell is going on in this small town! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I also loved the cover! It fit perfectly with the story. I always analyze the cover of the books I read, and sometimes I have no clue why the cover looks the way it does, but this one was perfect! 

Love, Kristina

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