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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 an...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Tatiana
Nov 25, 2010 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who thought "Gone" was great
2.5 stars rounded up.

I am fairly certain this is the last Lisa McMann's book I will ever read. Both Gone and Cryer's Cross just don't have the emotional pull of her first 2 novels.

If you read the author's books before, you are familiar with her writing style - 3rd person present tense narration. In theory, it should work wonders for this story, because: 1) this is, supposedly, a mystery and 2) the main character, Kendall, has OCD.

Too bad the mystery is introduced in the beginning, when Kendall'...more
Morgan F
I'm pretty sure there will be spoilers in this review. I'm not so sure yet. Hey!!! I can use the new spoiler button feature! I'm excited now.

This was my first Lisa McMann novel. I want to read her Wake series, but someone stole them from the library. *shakes fist at sky* So I received a copy of this from SImon & Schuster's Galley Grab and I let out a big ole Napoleon Dynamite "Yehsssss". Unfortunately, from what I read of other reviews, this wasn't McMann's best.

This is about Kendall Fletc...more
The Holy Terror
I've only read one other book by McMann before, but it seems like for me her books are always lacking one very important thing. In Wake, I felt that she had an interesting story and concept, but I didn't care about her characters. In this one, however, I liked the characters but thought the overall plot was dumb. Hopefully the next book she writes she can create characters I care about AND a compelling story.

Even though I found the plot of this one to be somewhat ridiculous, I couldn't help but...more
Donna
YA NEEDS MORE GOOD HORROR LIKE THIS!!!

I'm just saying. Young adult novels as a whole today have a deep void, a precipice if you will, where horror should be. And not the glittering, pussy, it-has-fangs-lets-call-it-horror type of horror either. The good horror. The horror that has you looking over your shoulder, sleeping with a nightlight or just not sleeping at all. I saw this in Cryer's Cross.

Now I have to say, my expectations for a horror novel is pretty high and while Cryer's Cross didn't hi...more
Vone Savan
The summary from the front flap of Cryer’s Cross and its eerie excerpt from the back of the book instantly captivated me. I had no choice but to buy the book.

Seventeen-year-old Kendall Fletcher lived all her life on a farm in the tiny town of Cryer’s Cross, MT (population: 212 residents). Nothing ever happens in this quiet, rural town until one day, Tiffany Quinn (a sophomore at the one-room high school) goes missing. After weeks of searching, the Sheriff, along with the majority of the townsfo...more
Beth
[The UK title is The Missing. Personally, I much prefer the US title. The UK one is unbelievably generic. Neither of them are exactly unique, though.]

My feelings about The Missing/Cryer's Cross fluctuated hugely. Here are my thoughts in chronological order:

THE BEGINNING: Whoooo, I love minimalism. Like Lauren Strasnick in Her and Me and You or [Nothing Like You]! This could be awesome! Okay, I know it's going to go paranormal at some point, because this is Lisa McMann, and I hate paranormal, but...more
Heather
Mar 02, 2011 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sadists
Shelves: 2011, ya, ala-s-best-books
What. the. hell. In spite of my vow to eschew Lisa McMann with a firm hand after having read the last installment of her Wake series, I still allowed myself to be allured by Cryer’s Cross. It wasn’t my fault really, I was having a weak moment and it was looking all shiny and interesting at the library. Of course, now that I have read Cryer’s Cross, I’m filled with sadness. Its always a shame when a talented writer goes off the deep end. A possessed desk! Come on now, that’s just tragic. Of cours...more
J.
Holy wow. Folks, I don’t say this a lot. But WOW! By nature, I am a very fast reader and this is one book I BLEW through. I mean I sat down and read this puppy in like five hours. Or less. I took some breaks.

What started out as a pretty light-hearted story, took a turn for the dark and creepy and I was intrigued every step of the way. Even with the main character, OCD-suffering Kendall and how she copes with her best friend, Nico suddenly vanishing. Then enter stoically quiet Jacián into the mix...more
Suzanne
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~Tina~
Spoilers

Already a fan of Lisa McMann Wake Series, I was curious what her next book would bring.
Cryer's Cross is indeed a creepy thrilling paranormal story that has a great combination of mystery, suspense and even a little romance thrown in for good measure, but in the end, this was just okay.
I consider myself a pretty easy reader and can usually go along with any plot line while welcoming new twists concepts, all in the name of good paranormal fun, but this one was a little too out there for my...more
Pam Vlieg
“Haunting, and just plain scary, McMann gives you chills as her story unfolds.”

I am a fan of Lisa McMann’s previous series and I was wondering how Cryer’s Cross would compare. Holy Ass-kicking Batman! Lisa’s story of Cryer’s Cross is creepy, it’s haunting, and most of all it is superbly addicting. The tension builds with every page and only in the last quarter of the book does McMann begin to even give you a hint of what is going down in this sleepy little town. It’s a race to the finish, a dist...more
Danny
Enthralling, creepy and sooo good !! Truth to be told, when I started reading Wake I was a bit taken aback by Lisa McManns writing style. But once I read on I fell totally in love with this face paced, punctuated style! So when I heard about her new book I had to read it.

Cryer's Cross is a Standalone and it's worth every page!

Already the setting of Cryer's Cross is phenomenal and fascinating. Kendall lives in a town with only 212 citizens and of course everyone knows each other. It also happen...more
Crystal
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Milly
Apr 01, 2011 Milly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lisa McMann fans
Cryer's Cross is the very first horror book I finished in a day! Usually, I get too scared to keep reading that I have to stop and put down the book, come back to it days later, and hopefully read a few chapters at a time. What can I say, I have a low tolerance for horror! I can't even pick up any books from Dean Koontz anymore since the last one I read of his gave me nightmares for days on. So, it was a relief to come across Cryer's Cross, which had just the right amount of horror for my taste....more
Kristy
McMann strikes again.

I don't know how she does it. She makes me read her books in one sitting. She draws me in. It's pretty intense people.

Cryers cross is a small town full of good people, so it's pretty upsetting and unusual when a girl goes missing. Then it gets extreme when a boy goes missing a few days later. Nico is Kendall's best friend and happens to be that boy who is missing. Kendall can't see her friend running away. She starts to see clues and wonders if it's Nico commmunicating with...more
Hayden Casey
If I could only use one word to describe this book (whether it be short, long, medium, descriptive, simple, or in-between), it'd simply be terrifying. Don't tell me you haven't gotten the horror vibes from this book! How creepy would it be to walk into school and find etchings like TOUCH ME , ONLY YOU CAN SAVE ME , and SAVE MY SOUL inscribed into your desk? I don't know about you, but I'd be absolutely, mind-blowingly horrified.

That's the feeling this book gives off. The horror aspect of t...more
Bern
You know those times where you're on the supermarket, staring at all those ice cream flavors lined up on multiple shelves and you're about to reach for that one that you absolutely love and would probably kill for being able to eat it all the time without getting fat when suddenly you see something, that new flavor you never saw before but just looks so damn good?

Well, maybe not. Maybe you're not as dramatic as I am when it comes to junk food. Few people are really, but... Woah, I'm craving i...more
Tina
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Cryer's Cross tells the story of Kendall Fletcher, a girl with OCD who lives in the small town of Cryer's Cross in Montana. It starts with the entire town searching for Tiffany Quinn, who disappeared without a trace shortly before Kendall's junior year ended. When the town eventually gives up on looking for her, everything sort of goes back to normal until Kendall's best friend and sort of boyfriend, Nico, also disappears. Kendall is distraught, until she finds som...more
Bethany
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Hafsah Laziaf
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Compelling and creepy, Cryer's Cross was one book I just couldn't put down, yet at the same time, I wanted to. It was haunting, and I made the mistake of reading it only hours before bed. And I have an old wooden desk, with scrapes and marks all over it, which only made things worse.

From the very first page, there's trouble. Tiffany Quinn is missing, and in the small town of only 212, one missing teen is a really big deal. After months of searching, they give up, and soon,...more
Sarah
Apr 23, 2011 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: Lisa McMann
I love Lisa McMann. I can't wait to read this :)

And now I have a copy!! Finally!! Yay! :))))))

I'm so happy I can barely keep my fingers on the keyboard.

4/23/11 UPDATE:

I'm done. I can't believe how amazing McMann is. I don't know for others but my expectations were pretty down after reading the last installment in the Gone series. And wasn't that a sweet thing?

Excerpt:

"I held my hand to it for longer than I want to admit. I couldn't stop. It almost had me too, Kendall."

Kendall bites her lip. "Wh
...more
Táňa
Páni. Kniha se četla jedním dechem. Děj utíkal rychle a já obracela stránku za stránkou. Když jsem začínala, chtěla jsem knihu přečíst do půlky, ale skončila jsem na konci. Bylo to úžasný! Kniha nezklamala a mile mě překvapila.
Do knihy bych to na první pohled vůbec neřekla :D Doporučuji, za mě 5/5 :D
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Vendula
Celý den jsem strávila čtením s malými přestávkami a.. NO TEDA!
K pořádnému hororu to má sice daleko, ale koho to štve? :)
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
First of all, I need to point out that this is NOT a dystopia. The reason I picked the book up was because I had seen it described thus somewhere, but it isn't. Cryer's Cross is actually more of a psychological thriller/fantasy/horror story. I wish it had been a dystopia.

Last year, I read Lisa McMann's Wake Trilogy, which I sort of liked at first, but later came to almost abhor. Her writing drove me crazy. It's so incredibly fragmented. Everyone told me that the writing was matched to Janie's th...more
Sara
It took me a bit to get into this one -- I'd never read a Lisa McMann before, and the present tense third person felt a little forced at first. I grew to love it though -- it created a real sense of immediacy paired with distance, which is a very interesting way to approach a mystery.

This is a very creepy, atmospheric book with very well done characterization. Kendall's OCD was well-portrayed, and the difficulty of dealing with first love (and maybe second love?) were really well handled. There...more
Mary (BookHounds)
This story really struck a chord with me. My son and husband both have OCD and they both use similar coping skills that Kendall does. The story is definitely Twilight Zone Worthy. It has that same creepy feel that resides in the television show. McMann gets right to the point and doesn't waste words as she creates a world in which the improbable can become true. You could really feel Kendall's distress when she cannot go through her coping mechanisms and that throws her into a panic.

Kendall is...more
Mandy Moody
Kendall Fletcher is a small town girl living in tiny Cryer's Cross, Montana. Cryer's Cross is so small that it actually has a one-room schoolhouse. Freshman through seniors all sit in the same classroom and are taught by the same teacher. There are only 24 students in the whole high school. The population of this town is less than 250 people. Everyone that lives here is a farmer. HORSE is still a valid means of transportation. "Small town" doesn't even begin to describe the backdrop of this stor...more
Once Upon
I began reading Cryer's cross yesterday afternoon and finished the book about 6 hours later. I was literally sucked in and could not break the pull the book had on me. The way Lisa McMann wrote this book, its like she put a hex on the book to suck you in. The level of creepy in the book is high and I love it but not in a morbid way. The only downside I will say is I wanted more, maybe a little bit more on what was casing the disappearances in Cryer's cross or maybe I just want the story to keep...more
Mark
"She traces the letters and wonders again why she hadn't seen them before.

And then she hears a whisper. Please. Save me. Like wind in leaves, so faint that Kendall is sure she made a mistake.

Her body tingles, and she feels the back of her neck prickle. She jerks her hand away and looks around the room. 'Who's there?'

Her heart pumps at top speed. Tentatively she reaches toward the words again and slides her forefinger across them. Her whole body floods with adrenaline, like being high on some cra...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book is downright creepy! I am so happy I read this during the day. Kendall is your average girl in small town with a disorder. Her OCD drives her to know where everything is and to put anything out of order in place. Kendall's best friend/boyfriend Nico suddenly disappears. For days he acted weird and she notice it. She began to put things together when she realizes is all began with a desk.

What I like most about this story was there was no paranormal power. Kendall is an average girl, gro...more
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Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS. (Book 2, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SILENCE, comes out Sept 4, 2012).

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