Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse, Audio book by Simon Audio
Format: Audio book
Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: 2.8.2011
The small town of Cryer's Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn't that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain.

When a second student goes missing--someone close to Kendall's heart--the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral f fear and anxiety, Kendall's not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she's losing her grip on reality.

But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school--messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there--Kendall decides that crazy or not, she'd never forgive herself if she didn't act on her suspicions.

Something's not right in Cryer's Cross--and Kendall's about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

I wasn't going to read Cryer's Cross yet, but my mother had a church function that she needed 10 bags of potatoes peeled for, and I got to be the one to do it. Luckily, I had the audio book which I won from Simon Audio and Simon & Schuster on Twitter. I put it in and peeled away while listening to the chilling tale of Cryer's Cross.

To tell you the truth, I wouldn't have read this book if I hadn't won it. The reason being that I am a huge chicken, and I can't read/watch/listen to scary stories. They freak me out. I was nervous that after reading it, I would be left with a case of sleeping with the lights on (yes I still do that...I told you I was chicken). In the end, it wasn't so. I am sleeping with the lights off tonight. But that's not to say that it wasn't a spine-tingling read. It definitely was. It is a chilling tale of the events after the disappearances of two teenagers from the tiny town of Cryer's Cross.

Following the life of the main character, we watch as she gets closer to a frightening discovery about their disappearances. She has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which plays a big part in the story, and I thought was pretty original in the paranormal genre. I connected with her because of it, since I have OCD myself (although my ticks and routines are completely different from the MC's), and I think Lisa McMann did a great job in making the character's obsessive habits believable.

The only qualm I have with the story is that it seems to leave the mystery for a while in the middle, to let the romance between two characters take place. I still enjoyed the story since I am a sucker for romance, but I felt a little sad to leave the haunting mystery and not fully come back to it until the end; especially since I was so interested in what happened to the missing teenagers.

Overall, it was a good read and I recommend it to those interested in a thrilling story. The eerie setting, the one-classroom town, and the new boy all add up to a solid 98.3 rating.

Read this if:
...you want a chilling page-turner, you like a little romance in your books, and you understand that small towns can sometimes hold the biggest secrets.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Cryer's cross does contain swearing, although it is few and far between.}


  1. Doesn't sound for me but I loved your review. I am a totall chicken ;)

  2. I'm am, too. If I hadn't had those potatoes to peel, it would have taken me weeks to work up the courage. Hahaha.


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