Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

The small, rural town of Cryer’s Cross, Montana, population 212, is shocked and dismayed when one of it’s teenagers, a freshman girl, goes missing. But as days, weeks, and months pass life goes on and back to normal. Except for Kendall Fletcher, afflicted with OCD, she imagines that around every corner someone lays in wait, ready to snatch her off into the night, never to return.  

However, when the new school year begins it’s not Kendall that goes missing but someone she loves. Kendall’s OCD rears it’s ugly head and she becomes racked with paranoia. Her target? Jacián, Cryer’s Cross’ newest resident, who arrived right around the time of the first disappearance. Kendall’s mind spins out of control; could the attractive new stranger be behind the disappearances?

As Kendall gets to know Jacián she’s still suspicious but less inclined to believe he’s guilty of foul play, especially when she begins to hear the voice of her missing friend. Something sinister and possibly supernatural  is going on in Cryer’s Cross and Kendall’s determined to get to the bottom of it, even if it kills her.

I love, love, loved Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy. It was unique and fresh. I was worried about how I would enjoy Cryer’s Cross, wondered how it could possibly live up to the Wake series. Unfortunately, I was not as impressed with this book as I was her previous books.

While I enjoyed Kendall and her developing relationship with Jacián and the mystery and suspense of the disappearances; the ultimate explanation for the disappearances and the supernatural was a bit hokey. Actually, it wasn’t the supernatural part that I had an issue with but the way supernatural aspect interacted with the characters. The ultimate explanation was indeed, horrific and creepy but I can’t say much more with out spoiling part of the story.

Despite some of the issues I had with Cryer’s Cross, McMann is certainly a master at building suspense and developing unique characters. While I found part of the story a bit hokey, overall it was an enjoyable read, not to be missed by fans of thrillers and suspense novels! Cryer's Cross will be available Feburary 8th!


Disclosure: I received this as an e-galley from the publisher. I did not receive any compensation for this review.


  1. The creepy factor of this book definitely still has me intrigued, but I'll be sure to keep your reservations in mind! Great review, Mollie! I love your honest insight :)

  2. Melissa, it is an enjoyable read. I just couldn't buy into ALL of the story. There's a bit of romance as well and I always enjoy that! :D

  3. Yah, I sort of agree with you... I wish the explanation for the occurrences had been weaved throughout the whole book or something like that. Also, I find it really hard to talk about this book without completely spoiling it, but yah, I mostly agree with what you had to say.

    Also, hi! I'm a new follower. =)

  4. Hey you! I really enjoyed this book, it was my first book by the author so I had no idea what I was in for but it was still an enjoyable read. I do agree that the big reveal had me thinking, WHAT THE? but I didn't let that bother me too much. =)

    Great review!

  5. Ashley, Thanks for stopping by! Off to check out your blog! :D

    Wena, Glad you enjoyed it. Like I said, I still enjoyed it but you should DEFINITELY check out the Wake series. It was much better, in my humble opinion! :D

  6. Nice review Mollie, after chatting about this one with you I think I'll pass on it though I'm definitely going to be picking up her Wake trilogy!

  7. Jenny, I'll be interested to see what you think of the Wake series!


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