Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Something nasty is stalking the small town of Cryer's Cross. One missing student is a tragedy, but two in a town with a population of 212 is a crisis. After months of fruitless searching, the town is almost beyond hope -- but Kendall refuses to give up that easily. If her boyfriend is out there, she's going to find him. As her mind circles the tragedy in the incessant loops of OCD, Kendall begins to realize that only one thing connects Nico Cruz with Tiffany Quinn: their desk. It's impossible, and yet Kendall can't help but wonder... could the desk be the key? As she watches, she begins to notice frantic pleas scratched into the ancient veneer that must be from Nico. "Please. Help me." Clinging to her last desperate hope, Kendall sets out to save her best friend. Can she save him from a grisly fate? Or will she become the third sacrifice to the long-buried secrets of Cryer's Cross?

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.


This novel hits shelves today! Click here to purchase Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann.

Disclosure: I received an advance review copy of this novel from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.


Laura said...

Wanna read wanna read wanna read wanna read.

Oh hey. Nice review. (And your website is looking snazy too!)

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Definitely read definitely read!

Thanks! Hehe, you rhyme =)

SusanKMann said...

Need to get this book. Thanks

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~Sara said...

Thanks so much for the review. I saw this book at Walmart the other day and passed it up. I shouldn't have. I've never read anything by Lisa McMann now I really want to. I'm a new follower!

Akasha Hale & Lexus Salvatore said...

Thanks for the review! I want this book sooooo much more now then I did before. lol

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