Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Quick Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McCann

Cryer's CrossFrom the Back Cover:

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 of 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.

My Thoughts:

Well this was a spooky little book. Not a whole lot of action, but a definite page-turning mystery in a sleepy little western farm town with a supernatural twist. I formed an immediate attachment to Kendall, who suffers from a pretty hefty case of OCD. I have a milder touch of OCD myself, so I could really relate to her and my heart ached for her as she struggled to come to terms with her best friend's disappearance and the reality of living a new life without him. This book is a little outside of my normal reading habits, so I don't really know how it compares to others in the genre. I will say that it kept me guessing till the end, but overall I was a little disappointed. I think I prefer mysteries with real-life players and a more definitive sense of closure after the mystery is solved.
Rating:  3 Stars out of 5

*Please note: This review references an advance digital copy received from the publisher, and therefore the final published copy may differ. Though I received this book from the publisher, these are my honest and unbiased thoughts, and I was not compensated in any other way for reviewing this book.

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