Cryer's Cross

Cryer's Cross

by Lisa McMann


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Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

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.... “Cryer’s Cross is an eerie, gripping, totally addictive, breathtaking whirl of a book with an ending that left me haunted for days. Lisa McMann has done it again—this book is unputdownable!” —Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals series. "A brilliant, engaging, scary piece of fiction. Every word had me sliding closer to the edge of my seat and gripping the cover tighter and tighter. There are books in the world that make you question your reality and the things that go bump in the night—this is one of them." —Heather Brewer, New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladmir Tod series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416994824
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 505,911
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy; Cryer’s Cross; Dead to You; the Visions series; and the middle-grade dystopian fantasy trilogy The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog at Or better yet, be her friend on Facebook (McMannFan) or follow her on Twitter (@Lisa_McMann).

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Cryer's Cross 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
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 Favorite line(s): 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
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book is downright creepy! I am so happy I read this during the day. Kendall is your average girl in small town with a disorder. Her OCD drives her to know where everything is and to put anything out of order in place. Kendall's best friend/boyfriend Nico suddenly disappears. For days he acted weird and she notice it. She began to put things together when she realizes is all began with a desk. What I like most about this story was there was no paranormal power. Kendall is an average girl, growing up like everyone else. She has no secret power lurking to be revealed. She is just normal, besides her OCD. I like her willingness to find out what happen and the strength to fight her OCD is astounding. I know its hard for people to change what their normal routine is. So for Kendall to go out of her way is admiring. I also like that this is small town ghost story based on true story that happen in the book. Immediately you can relate to this story and the true happenings of it. In my opinion ghost town stories are always the best because they are based on real people, real towns, real places. Ms. McMann did an excellent job bringing this story to life. Her characters were easy to relate to and easy to understand. Her plot paced perfectly and left nothing out. Everything was revealed at the right time. Her story is so good that is kept giving me goose bumps. If you are looking for a good, creepy ghost story with a real life characters read this book.
missy1029 More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. I wanted to write the review about this while it was still fresh in my mind. It was absolutely haunting. That's the best word that I can use to describe it. The story focuses on Kendall, a high schooler from a small town with OCD. In the course of a few months 2 students in their very small community go missing, including Kendall's best friend Nico. She begins to hear voices and see words etched into the desk that Nico sat at. The more she sees and hears things, the more she believes it is just her imagination due to her OCD. I have never read anything that focused around OCD. It was interesting to be in the mind of someone who has it and to know what they are feeling and thinking. It's unimaginable how difficult things must be when having to worry about numbers or any other OCD related thing, along with everything else going on in someones life. I know people that have smaller forms of OCD and McMann hit the nail right on the head in my opinion. Having to obsess over such things must be extremely stressful and she portrays that beautifully. I think the story was fantastic. It was very well put together. It was so creepy! Adding the OCD issue made it even more intriguing. I swear at some points of the books I really had goosebumps.
mags525 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had read McMann's Wake Trilogy and thought it to be OK. I was a little hesitant to pick up another of her books but I'm so glad I did! I found the characters interesting and easy to like, even Jacian. I felt sad for Kendall and could feel her sadness, lonliness, guilt and grief jump off the pages at me. I don't know if there will be another book but that's a book I would anxiously await to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To tell you the truth i just got this cuz the main characters name was kendall..... so.... ya but it was good just creepy
Courtney_B More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mache18 More than 1 year ago
Cryer's Cross is the most suspensful and well written creation conjured from the ideas and skills of Lisa McMann. It was the kind of book that literally made me walk into walls reading it. The fact that she took a character like Kendall and gave her a condition that is not often seen in other books set the novel apart from all the other pretend horror fests that are classified as novels. The disillusion caused by the voices was very convincing seeing that it could be witnessed in reality when a person loses someone close. The romance between Kendall abd Jacian also added a significant amount of substance since that was one of the things keeping me reading. I loved this book and it was a breath of fresh air for me.
danibookworm91 More than 1 year ago
This book was creepy. It takes a lot for a book to actually creep me out, but this book was able to do that. Cryer's Cross was an excellent blend of creepy, mystery, suspense and even romance. I loved how Lisa McMann unveiled the story and mystery. The mystery is unveiled slowly, but not too slowly, just slow enough to keep you on the edge of your seat wonder who, or what, is behind the disappearance of two students. I was unsure who or what was the cause of the disappearances until the end, and when I found out I was extra creeped out. I love how Lisa McMann writes. I writing was perfect in this book. The writing for the "WE" was perfect, creepy yet adding to the story. You'll understand what I mean when you read the book. I also loved how she unveiled the story. It was perfect. Kendall was such a great character. Not only does she struggle daily with her OCD, but add to that the fact that her best friend, and sort of boyfriend that she has know her who life, has disappeared. Kendall's emotions were raw. I loved how her OCD, the thing she was most embarrassed about was the thing that helped save her the most. I loved how through the book Kendall grew as a character, with the help of Jacian. Jacian and Kendall had great chemistry and I loved how there relationship progressed. It was perfect. I recommend that when you read this book, don't stay up late at night reading it because it will leave you creeped out. I definitely will be picking up a finished copy of this book when it is released.
IceyBooks More than 1 year ago
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. I love the cover. It's as haunting as the story itself. If I didn't know what the story was about, the cover would be enough for me to pick up the book. The desk in the dark room and the etched-on title hold a lot of significance to the story.
CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
Can I just throw it out there, that I absolutely LOVE Lisa McMann? Not only is her writing style different, but it's so intense and awesome that readers are just sucked in so immensely that they can't put the book down until, oh, hey, I finished it already! To get to read an ARC of her new book, Cryer's Cross, is so epically awesome I'm still a little bit speechless. I've been waiting for this release for MONTHS, ever since I finished the last book in the Dream Catcher Trilogy. Moving on, Cryer's Cross is unlike any book I've read. I'm not just saying that, either. It is literally so drastically far apart from what I normally read, that it doesn't even register on my scale of 'weird'. Cryer's Cross was just that, weird...But in a good way! It's chilling, and slightly frightening to read late at night (as I did), and it has that 'guessing' factor that I so love and adore in books (meaning, I never once foreseen what was going to happen; it wasn't predictable to me). Each page draws you further and further in along with Kendall and the mystery surrounding Cryer's Cross. I really liked her character, and to me, she was real. She wasn't a flat, boring character that I see in lots of books these days. She was well developed and, most importantly, believable. Her OCD makes her quirky and cute, and having a bit of OCD myself, I completely understood her. I felt as though I'd known her for years, as odd as that sounds! Jacián (not JAY-se-un; Hah-see-AHN) was also a cool character. At first, I thought he was a jerk, but once I learned more about him, I totally fell in LIKE with him. I really did like how he was dedicated to help Kendall find her missing boyfriend, Nico, but I also liked his smart-aleck mouth and actions. Then the ending. Oh, by then I was gripping my seat, wondering what the hell was really going on, and how the hell it was going to fan out; in a way that wasn't exaggerated or fake. And it did; fan out right, I mean. As I said, I didn't see the ending coming, mainly because how unpredictable this entire story line is. So, I gotta say I loved this book. And if I had my way, I would get to read more about Kendall and Jacián; but I don't think that this is a new series, just a totally awesome stand-alone novel. Kudos, Miss McMann; for you've managed to enrapture me again...for the forth time! I can't wait for more of your writing.
JoanneLevy More than 1 year ago
Lisa McMann is one of my favourite writers - I love all of the books in her WAKE trilogy, so I picked this one up, expecting to be freaked out a little in a good way. Just look at that cover! Yeesh! Well this book did not disappoint. It's the story of a very small town where high school kids start disappearing, the latest one being Kendall Fletcher's best friend and sort of boyfriend, Nico. Kendall is barely hanging on as it is with her OCD diagnosis, but when Nico disappears, she starts to really unravel. This book is one seriously creepy page turner that won't let you go until you are finished. And then you'll need to sleep with the lights on. Readers of McMann's other books won't be surprised at the romance threaded through the main plotline of the story, adding another layer to this book's awesomeness.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Cryer's Cross gives us an intimate and chilling look into the mind of Kendall's OCD. She is a well set up character. She has her disease, but she has ways to cope, she has friends, and I like her family. I am pretty confused about the WE chapters/poetry, but it slowly all added up and started to make sense. Jacian comes in with intrigue and mystery. Nico is set up well as the best friend and boyfriend, and I am on edge when he starts acting strange. I don't know if it was their history and familiarity, or just the way Kendall's OCD was a non-issue but I was a fan of him immediately. Kendall is so heartbroken when he is found missing, and my heart goes out to her. I like Marlena right away, she is the other girl in Kendall's grade and she takes the time to explain her brother, and be friendly to K. And Lisa writes it beautifully- as Kendall begins to have some understanding and like Jacian a bit, so do I. All these things really bring hope into the story. It is chilling and I had no idea where everything was leading, I just knew it was dark. The ending is just as creepy as the book! But I like it. My big complaint is that I want more- the backstory, the resolution. Cryer's Cross is fast paced, plot driven, and never left me bored. If you are in the mood for a dark book with a bit of horror/mystery this is for you.
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Oh my god, this book is soooooo good! Definitely a must read, do yourself a fsvor and resd this
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AStoopidReader More than 1 year ago
Wow-sh*t. Was this book downright weird or what? The whole way through I was enthralled at what would happen next. It was absolutely greatly terrifying. The way this book just has the whole small-town life going for it is great 'cause it just gives it overall familiarity between all the characters and people. Plus, just making it so plain and, well, possible, I guess is the right word, that made it super eerie. It was great. Read it.
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
As someone who is not a fan of horror novels lets just say Cryer's Cross was always going to wigged me out a bit. I both loved and hated the creepy, unsettling feeling of the story and its pacing ( I know I'm a wussy) but I had the harder time with the main character, Kendall. I just didn't connect with her like I wanted. Sure, I felt bad that all these things were happening to her but she felt more like an idea rather then a person. It was a quick read though and it made me realize I can handle reading more thriller/horror novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read this i was thinking oh this should be good no it turned to omg this is amazing book should be read by everyone. I feelt bad for the girl when she lost her bestfriend also at the same time her boyfriend. That would suck but that what keept me going through the hole book. I say everyone should get the chance to read it.
GhostWriter94 More than 1 year ago
Cryer's Cross was probably one of the best books I've ever read. Although it started off slow once it picked up in the climax of the novel it was impossible to put down. The premise was fresh and original, the romance was subtle yet passionate and the scare factor. . . . .Need I say more? I read this book in two days with sleep (suprisingly) and, even if it's not going to be continued, it is worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read ittttttttttttttt!:)