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Monday, April 25, 2011

Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Okay, so I actually posted this review twice before, but both times it was to test, because the format was odd and kept putting the review outside the review box and into the margines. Anyways, here is the real review, finally!
Title: Cryer's Cross
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: February 8, 2011
Length: 240 Pages
Summary (from author's website): 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....  

My Thoughts: I expected Cryer's Cross to really freak me out. To be the can't-sleep-at-night crazy type of book, one that would make me think, What if this happened to me? And yes, I did think that, but only for a moment before dismissing the thought. Because, and I'm being completely honest here, while I did read the whole book without skimming, it didn't really feel like I did. I kept reading and waiting, expecting something to happen that would draw me in completely, but the book ended without anything like that ever happening.

In Cryer's Cross we have a small town with a creepy name and kids disappearing. The perfect plot for a horror story. It wasn't exactly scary, but it was addicting and very unique compared to most books out there now. It's a creepy read, thrilling with a touch of paranormal (the physiological, ghost-y, spirit-y kind). This was the best part of the story, because it kept me guessing and wondering; though I wish it was a bit longer, because the mystery started almost right away and didn't leave development for the character who went missing.

Cryer's Cross is the type of book I would normally love. I did love the plot, but there were quite a lot of flaws in the rest of the novel. First off, the story is written in third person, the narrative of most horror novels. This doesn't usually bother me, but the third person in Cryer's Cross felt rather boring and unemotional, almost like text book writing. That being said, it was hard to relate to any of the characters because it didn't really feel like I got to know them much. However, like I've said before, the plot was amazing. I think that if they got the right people on it, this would make the perfect horror movie.

Overall, Cryer's Cross was an okay read. If you're not exactly a fan of these types of books, I suggest you give it a try because it's a lighter version of the genre.


  1. Oh no, boring is a complete NO NO. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. I've been wanting to read this book for awhile. Thanks for your honest review! :]


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