Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
US Release Date: February 8th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 233 pages
Kendall Fletcher is in senior year in the small town of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (212 citizens) and has OCD. It is the kind of town where everybody knows everybody and nothing ever happens. But when Tiffany Quinn, a 15 year-old girl, goes missing, the town is shaken. Her body is never found. Thenm Nico Cruz, Kendall’s best friend since they were born, also goes missing. When Kendall notices that the two missing persons used the same desk and starts hearing Nico’s voice whispering in her ears, she is engrossed in some horrible local history. Something terrible happened in Cryer’s Cross a long time ago and it wants vengeance.
I’ll start by saying that this book wasn’t what I expected it to be about, but it’s not in a negative way. I didn’t expect it to be about a paranormal force, but I loved it because it made the book more scary. I read it in the afternoon under a bright sun so I wasn’t really in the best mood for this kind of read, but I can perfectly picture myself a little scared if I read it at night and alone. While it promises a mystery, it was more a romance, but a good romance! I loved the relationship between Kendall and the new bad boy in town Jacián, it was refreshing and sweet.
The characters are what I enjoyed most about this book. I liked them all and Lisa McMann made me care about them. Marlena was a great friend and Jacián was hot. Kendall was likeable and I loved how the author described her OCD, you could tell she asked her daughter who also has OCD to describe it to her for her book and it was so much more realistic. Well, most of the time.
I was a little bit disappointed with the end. The explanation and the story behind the voices were a little rushed and didn’t have the impact I wish they had. It was a little bit weird too. I didn’t really understand the motive behind it, why would they want to kill kids after what we learn?
Overall, it was a good and entertaining read. The writing is clear and it’s easy to follow. I also love the cover. I didn’t understand it at first, but now I do and it’s perfect. If you’re looking for a thrilling and a little bit creepy story that never gets boring with a cute romance, give it a try!
Everything changes when Tiffany Quinn disappears.”
Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. From Simon & Schuster.