Review: CRYER’S CROSS by Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross 
Lisa McMann
233 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Source: eARC from Publisher
Rating:  LOVED

Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….

Compelling and creepy, Cryer’s Cross was one book I just couldn’t put down, yet at the same time, I wanted to. It was haunting, and I made the mistake of reading it only hours before bed. And I have an old wooden desk, with scrapes and marks all over it, which only made things worse.

From the very first page, there’s trouble. Tiffany Quinn is missing, and in the small town of only 212, one missing teen is a really big deal. After months of searching, they give up, and soon, life goes on as normal in the small farming city of Cryer’s Cross. Then the new guy and his sister move in. Jacian is full of rage and Kendall can’t help but imagine Jacian kidnapping Tiffany and cutting her up into uncountable pieces.

The tension builds, and between chapters, eerie messages of ‘We’ and ‘Us’ only add to the suspense. Though we don’t learn much about the characters, I found myself needing to turn the next page, just to see what would happen. When Nico, Kendall’s best friend, goes missing, Kendall’s life breaks. She’s drawn to his desk, the same desk Tiffany Quinn used last year, and she can’t help think maybe she’ll disappear if she uses it. Maybe disappearing won’t be so bad.

But then come the voices, the whispers, the begging. Then everything changes. What Kendall first dismisses as impossible is actually possible and can’t be ignored. In the small town of Cryer’s Cross, Montana, something is happening.

I had mixed feelings at times. I didn’t get to learn much about Kendall, though I like the fact that she’s a normal teen, with an OCD problem. But the plot was enough to steer my review to five stars. Cryer’s Cross was a quick read, and you’ll find yourself sucked in before you know it. And by then, it’ll be too late to pull yourself back out. Lisa McMann’s latest novel is a thriller you just can’t miss out on.

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January 30, 2011



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    January 27, 2011

    I am going to have to get to this! I have the galley. I hope it doesn't freak me out tho! My husband is on nightshift. :P

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    January 27, 2011

    I'm starting on this one tonight. After reading your review, I can't wait!!!

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    Tribute Books Mama

    January 27, 2011

    Thanks! for sharing this great review.

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    Lazy Girl

    January 28, 2011

    OOO I'm super excited for this book! I've been seeing everyone talk about it. Glad to see that you liked it!

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    January 28, 2011

    I think I have a galley of this. I am definitely going to have to go find it! I'm all excited now! Great review. :)

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    January 30, 2011

    I love a good scary story. Thanks for the thoughtful review; I might have to check this one out. I'm also curious about The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff–hoping there will be more actually creepy YA instead of non-creepy paranormal.

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    January 31, 2011

    l have this too but l tend not to like creepy stories! Hope it doesn't freak me out too much, glad you enjoyed it.

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    Book Loving Mommy

    February 1, 2011

    I really want to read this book! It looks and sounds so creepy plus I suffer from OCD so it's' nice to read a book with a character that suffers from teh same thing!

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    The Total Book Nerd

    February 1, 2011

    WOAH! This cover looks so creepy!!! I wanna read it! :D

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    February 3, 2011

    Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

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    Awesomesauce Book Club

    February 3, 2011

    Wow I am a new follower and you have so many amazing books on here I am dying to read!!

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    February 14, 2011

    I am so excited about this book! It sounds creepy but completely interesting. I loved Lisa's WAKE series so I'm sure I'll be blown away by this one too!

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    February 15, 2011

    I just ordered this one from B&N and can't wait to get my read on! Great review.

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    YA Reader

    February 16, 2011

    Love Lisa's books! This is was no different!

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    February 17, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one. I was debating on whether or not to read it. After reading your post, I have decided that I should!

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    February 2, 2012

    This book sounds awesome! I've had it in my TBR pile for a bit but I haven't got to read it yet. I'm pushing this book up on my list for sure, thanks for the great review!

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    March 3, 2012

    Her being a regular teen makes it sound even more interesting. Love the review, plus, reading it late in the evening makes the read even more fun(if you like scare things, that is).

    Can't wait to get my own copy, you make it sound more desirable for me. :)

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    November 14, 2012

    I felt the same way about this book. Enjoyed your review.

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    December 16, 2012

    Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this one. I've been having a hard time enjoying this author. I probably won't read her again.