Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cryer's Cross - A Review

Cryer's Cross - Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster E-galley)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Hardcover , 240pp
  • Sales Rank: 82,741
  • Age Range: Young Adult


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:

Wow! This is the first book by Lisa McMann that I have read, and I got to say, I'm impressed! I was quickly drawn into the story and into the characters.

Kendall is one of the more unique characters I've read about. I loved having a main character who isn't perfect. I found it incredibly interesting to see life through Kendall's eyes with her OCD. It's not a subject you see in books often and I was instantly drawn into her daily struggles with maintaining control and how she has learned to cope and deal with it. My heart broke for this character and all she was going through and yet I found myself marveling at how strong of a character she really is.

The story was great as well. I admit I was wondering where it was going through a good portion of the book. I did start get an inkling about halfway through and I finally started understanding what the in between chapters were chanting about.

Author's Website: Lisa McMann


Marce said...

I highly recommend you read The Wake Trilogy, LisaM quickly became a favourite author and YA is not my favourite genre at all.

I can't wait to read this one.

Irene said...

This sounds like my kinda book, thanks for the heads up.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I loved this book! It was so creepy. I really liked Wake and Fade as well.

Ryan G said...

This does sound like a really good read. I've read other reviews on it and wasn't sure I wanted to read it. Now I think I'm going to.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I just seen this book ona blog earlier today and was excited to see your review of it!