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Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

January 18th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: February 8, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars

Description from The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

I was a huge fan of McMann’s books, Wake and Fade, but for some reason the description of this book just did not grab me.  I actually passed on reviewing it a few times until I heard people raving about it. I was offered the egalley to review and I  just got my Nook so figured why not give it a try.  It totally sucked me in!  I could not put it down and devoured it in a matter of a few hours even despite being busy with the holidays, my 3 yr old and my 5 month old.  That’s just how good it was.

Kendall was kind of an odd duck with her OCD but it was interesting how that problem comes into play later in the story.  I liked Jacian but it wasn’t the budding romance between the two of them that grabbed me, it was the mystery of what happened to Tiffany and Nico.  Some of the chapters open with the thoughts of who we think are the kidnappers but they speak in riddles that has you wondering what is their motive.   Then there are the strange things like the graffiti on the school desk that adds to the puzzle.  When you hear a description of the story it may sound a little silly but while reading it you get the chills and totally drawn into the mystery.  I could not flip the pages fast enough trying to figure out what was going on.

If you are a fan of McMann’s other books definitely pick this up.  If you have not tried her books yet you have to!  They are all quick reads that will keep you immersed until the last page.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Mystery, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives)

    Ohh I can’t wait for this one! I’m excited to get a little bit scared!

    The Reading Housewives

  2. Miss Remmers

    Awesome review! I’m beginning this book tonight! I love the author’s writing style!

  3. Michelle

    Now this one I think I shall pick up. I see nothing but great things about it.

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