Monday, January 17, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 240.
Release Date: February 8th, 2011.
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.
Cryer’s Cross is creepy. That’s the best word for it. The cover gives off a dark, scary vibe that hits the nail in the head when it comes to the story. But as much as I was freaked out, I was also sort of puzzled.

When I finished the book, I felt like I had accidentally skipped over a hundred pages. I can’t say really anything specific about the plot without giving it away, but the horror/turning point was gone before it even began. Up until the last few chapters or so, Kendall spends the entire length of the novel mourning her missing best friend, Nico. There’s no foreshadowing or hints at what happened to him and the first missing girl of Cryer’s Cross, Tiffany. There’s only a recycled desk that they both previously used and the strange markings on it that seem to talk to Kendall. The smack-in-the-face plot twist at the end was probably intended to surprise or shock or flabbergast people, and for me, it did. But not in a good way. It just felt like a rushed ending that left unanswered questions and an unsatisfying conclusion.

But aside from a jumpy plot and rushed ending, I did enjoy the book. Though I thought the horror aspect was poorly executed, it was a terrifying twist in the story that I didn‘t see coming at all. And I always appreciate a book that makes me jumpy at night.

Overall, Cryer’s Cross is creepy and mysterious and intense. A tiny town experiencing mysterious disappearances? Yes, please. Unfortunately, it was just a so/so book for me, but I’ve also read rave reviews, so give this one a shot! Especially if you like to read on the darker side of YA!

Other reviews for Cryer's Cross:
Stacked Books.
Pure Imagination.
Good Books And Good Wine.
Wicked Awesome Books.


  1. I have been reading some good reviews on this one and I am pretty sure I need to read it too!

  2. I've actually heard a lot of similar reviews to yours. I love dark fiction, so this has been enticing me for a while, but I don't want to feel confused, you know? Great honest's definitely good to be prepared going into a book :)

  3. My review is up today too! I think I liked it more than you, though :) I'm a fan of the sparsity of Lisa's writing, but I can see where it would be unsatisfying for some! Great review!

  4. Great review :) Sad to hear that some things were missing.

  5. I'm really excited to read this book - thanks for the honest review. I hate when a book doesn't live up to all the hype.

  6. I like McMann's writing so i definitely think I'll be giving this one a try.

  7. I didn't find it fact I had the desk bit figured out but hoped I was wrong. I just felt like this is something that could/would make a good BAD teen horror flick....

    It did have a lot of great ambiance...very creepy. But I much prefer McMann's Wake series!