Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Lisa McMann makes the small town of Cryer's Cross come to life before the reader's eyes. The town is filled with the vestiges of a former time -- like one room schoolhouses and hitching posts -- that give the story a surreal overtone. The setting is perfect for the macabre tale about to unfold. I expected this novel to be terrifying, and I'm so glad I was wrong. The psychological horrors that haunt the small town are much more than cheap thrills. The mystery of Cryer's Cross and the bone-chilling messages of the "We" will creep inside readers' heads and fill them with a undefinable, delicious dread. Readers will be drawn in by the hypnotic writing and, like the characters, will find themselves mesmerized by the menace at the heart of the novel.
One of the most innovative aspects of Cryer's Cross is the chance to see the world from Kendall's perspective. Kendall is truly one-of-a-kind. McMann creates a beautiful mental portrait of her internal struggles, and uses her obsessive and sometimes fragmented thoughts to set the perfect, haunted tone. Kendall dominates the story, and leaves the other characters in the dust. Though newcomer and potential suspect Jacián held a lot of promise, inscrutable with just the right amount of brooding, he ultimately felt a little underdeveloped -- I would have liked to see more personality in the end. Regardless, this bizarre and eerie tale will leave readers unnerved and unwilling to leave the tragic town of Cryer's Cross and all its deadly secrets behind.
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Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this novel from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.