Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cryer's Cross - Lisa McMann

Published: Feb 2011

Published by: Simon Pulse

Pages: 233

Copy Provided by: Library

Summary: Goodreads
Summary: 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. Review: I really enjoyed this story. I have been meaning to read Lisa McMann's novels for awhile. I think that the Dream Catcher series will be coming up in my TBR pile. Cryer's Cross was so inticing to me because it appealed to my need to read scary books. Does anyone else share my creepy hobby? For the longest time, I didn't know what the cover of this book signified. It is an old style desk with messages carved into the top and it makes perfect sense once you start reading the book. I think the only thing that could have made it scarier is if the messages were written as Kendall was looking at the desk. (Just thinking about that sends shivers up my spine)...Still, the rest of the book was fairly creepy. I enjoyed the entire book but it is one where I don't want to discuss it too much or else I'll give too much away. Lisa created the perfect combination of mystery and intrigue. She even teaches you a little bit about OCD. (Kendall has OCD and there are references to this disorder throughout the book). Last week Lisa McMann was doing an author visit in Toronto. Did anyone else have an opportunity to go? I chatted with her a few weeks ago on Twitter. I'm not sure how many other bloggers communicate directly with authors but it's like an instant fan letter. I love how she took the time to correspond with me. As a blogger, I really appreciate it when authors take time to comment on our correspondance. I realize that many of them are inundated with requests, emails and snail mail but it really says a lot when authors make the same effort to connect with their audience. After all, we do fuel their "business". I just appreciate it, 'tis all.

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