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ARC Review: Suspenseful and Swathed in Mystery

Cryer's Cross is an incredibly small town with a small high school that has only one classroom to hold all four years of students. After a girl goes missing, all of Cryer's Cross is on edge, including OCD addled Kendall. Things begin to go back to normal after a few mon...
Cryer's Cross is an incredibly small town with a small high school that has only one classroom to hold all four years of students. After a girl goes missing, all of Cryer's Cross is on edge, including OCD addled Kendall. Things begin to go back to normal after a few months, that is until Nico, Kendall's best friend and boyfriend (though she never refers to him as such because she has issues with the commitment the word implies) goes missing as well. His disappearance pushes Kendall closer to the two new kids in town and in the process, she begins to let Nico go. Only, it seems he won't let her go; whispering to her when she sits at his now empty desk.

Lisa McMann is a beloved YA author because of the Wake series (which I need to finish reading) and that can be a lot to live up to, but this book does just that. The writing instantly pulls the reader in and the suspense and mystery kept me glued to the pages. It is a fast read and quite short, but the slowly-unraveling mystery is incredibly well-paced.

Kendall's loss is so close and raw. Her unending hope that Nico will come back will haunt the reader as Kendall tries to cope with her rituals and her counting. Her conflicting emotions about Jacián, the new guy, are so realistic and filled with confusing longing. Her feelings are what drive the story and pull us along for the ride. Her slow discovery about what really happened to Nico is terrifying because of how true some of it could be.

My only complaint is that the book is too short. The quick chapters, interspersed with the creepy declarations made by WE, move the story along at a rapid pace, but I wish there had been more; more explanation and elaboration about why the teens went missing and more about the characters that linger in the background, but become more important as the story unfolds.

Cryer's Cross is a creepy, foreboding story headed by a heroine who is beyond normal despite having OCD. McMann has weaved a tale that will leave you with the lights on, questioning all the little things you've read on your desks at school. The bumps in the night may be more than animals and bugs and the whispers you think you hear could be your undoing.

Opening line: Everything changes when Tiffany Quinn disappears. ~ pg. 1

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Count breaths: thirty-six. Count stones in the dirt: more than fifty. Count people saying stupid things: all of them.
Count all the days she's known him: infinity. ~ pg. 44

*This is an ARC and cover, lines, page numbers, etc. are subject to change

posted by Nikkayme on October 17, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great concept, not so great execution.

I absolutely loved the concept of this book, and I really, really wanted to love the book as a whole but I just couldn't. Mcmann's writing style is extremely choppy and disjointed and it just kept distracting me. The entire book is written in the present tense (and thir...
I absolutely loved the concept of this book, and I really, really wanted to love the book as a whole but I just couldn't. Mcmann's writing style is extremely choppy and disjointed and it just kept distracting me. The entire book is written in the present tense (and third person) which drove me absolutely nuts because it just seems very elementary. Not to mention she would mix up tenses every so often, which maybe I noticed more being a writer myself, but again, very distracting. As far as the story goes, it started out very interesting with the disappearances of two small town kids, then it kind of flopped over for the next hundred or so pages focusing mainly on a half baked romance sprinkled with little paranormal goodies. The last 40 pages or so seriously saved this book, I was powering through the bulk of the book just to get to the (slightly rushed) resolution. I kind of wish she would have stretched the ending out a bit longer. And one last beef (MAJOR SPOILER) why the heck did nobody in this town think to check the friggin' abandoned school right down the road when the first two kids went missing?!! McMann goes to great lengths to discuss how thorough these searches were and no body even considered looking there? I know the old men didn't want to to but nobody else in the search group went in for them? And why did Kendall need wire cutters to get into the school grounds when two people had previously gotten themselves in? Why did the search team not notice the two gaping holes they would have had to of gotten in through? (END SPOILERS) Am I being too critical? Probably.

posted by Courtney_B on October 6, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    Waste of my money

    So I choose this book because I'm into the thriller/supernatural genre and it had a 4 star B&N review of about 50 people, so I figured it was worth the read. It left me disappointed. I found the plot lacking a lot of detail making it as well as the characters flat and uninteresting. Even Kendall with her OCD wasn't interesting enough. I feel that there are so many more places the themes in the book could have explored to make it much more well more. Another thing I couldn't get over was the character development, in the book they were high school seniors, but in my head they were preteens. They didn't have the right dialog or personality for their age. At points I could believe they were actually teen agers, but too often then seemed to have the whiny, innocent, and even ignorant qualities of a young child. They never grew much past 14 in my mind as I read.

    I will say that the last 30 pages or so really redeemed the book. I was hooked. The plot filled out and lost it's blandness and the suspense/twist was really well done. That was the kind of writing a horror novel should have, I just wished I had gotten more of that through out the story.

    This was my first experience reading anything by Lisa McMann, and I have to say I won't be too eager to pick up any of her books again without first reading a sample. I felt like I had wasted a bit of money on this book. It's a good, but it was just too simple and easy of a read. My suggestion is you find it at the library. It doesn't strike me as a book I'd want to read again.

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