Published: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240 Pages
Source: Pulse It
You never know where evil is lurking.
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.
(From front jacket flap of Cryer’s Cross Hardcover version.)
I'm a long time fan of Lisa McMann and, like her other books, I couldn't put this one down until I was done! Her famous “creepiness” varies from chapter to chapter, which sometimes made me forget that the book is classified as horror. With that said when the horror aspect is brought back into the story line it hits you with the full force of a train.
The main character, Kendall, has Obsessive Compulsion Disorder. This added a remarkable twist, to me as a reader. Being a person with basic knowledge of the disorder made it fascinating to see Kendall's perspective. The plot on the other hand was average; People disappear, something or someone supernatural is at fault.
Lastly, Mcmann adds a bit of romance into Kendall’s story. Jacian (Hah-see-AHN, not JAY-se-un) is a hot soccer player who just happens to move in when the disappearances start happening. Could he have something to do with the disappearances?
Since reading Lise MaMann’s first book Wake, I’ve loved her as an author. With everything that she’s included in Cryer’s cross I’m excited to read her upcoming series The unwanted. If you would like to learn more about Lisa and her book you can visit her site here: Lisa McMann
5/5 literature monsters !