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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  10,281 ratings  ·  1,674 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation. A paranormal mystery.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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'
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
[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

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
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
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Vone Savan
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pam Victorio
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice quick read! Honestly my favourite thing about this book is it didn't try to do too much. It had a little quick spooky mystery, a pretty simple but interesting plot, and interesting fleshed out characters. I liked the little town this takes place in and I didn't hate a single character in this book. Honestly the biggest praise I'll give Lisa Mcmann is that she gave me a well fleshed out plot of characters and I liked every single one of them. She didn't make any horrible character ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november-2010
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

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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
What a peculiar little book... First of all, the blurb doesn't do it justice at all. It makes it sound like another silly romance-centered YA with nothing else to give than brooding love interests and never-ending eye descriptions, and that's so not what's happening here.
It was almost a 4 stars read until the last 20% or so, where everything felt rushed and not developed enough to be credible. A real pity because I enjoyed the writing a lot - be warned though, the 3rd person present tense will
Ashley Daviau
I enjoyed this even though it was a little predictable and unremarkable from other books I've read. There was nothing really special about any of the characters or the plot but it was a good quick, slightly creepy read.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 so
Hafsah Faizal
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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,
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lisa McMann isn’t a new author for me. I’ve read and loved her Dream Catcher trilogy so when I got Cryer’s Cross, aka The Missing, I was very excited to jump into it.

In the small town of Cryer’s Cross nobody is safe anymore. After two teens are gone missing, the people of the town are shaken and especially Kendall Fletcher. When Kendall’s best friend/ boyfriend, Nico goes missing, she isn’t sure she can cope. Kendall has known Nico all of her life and she can’t remember even a moment when Nico w
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
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?


"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
Cecily Kyle
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble
This is a tough one to rate in my opinion.
I liked the idea and I like how Lisa McMann writes but I wasn't enjoying the perspective it was told. I have a hard time when people refer to themselves in third person. Sometimes it causes confusion, it also disassociates the character from the situation. It definitely gave the vibe that she had way more than OCD.
The story itself was a bit out there but I don't mind that. The unexplainable can sometimes be intriguing. I had no idea the cover art was go
Trigger warnings: mental health, flashbacks to corporal punishment, disappearance of a friend, (view spoiler).

I found this randomly on the shelf at work and thought it might be good for kids who like adult thrillers, of which we have precisely zero (well. One or two. But not Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, which are the ones they want). And the early stages of the story definitely had that creepy thriller vibe - small town, girl disappears under mysterious c
L.P. Logan

This story surprised me.

Fact is, I've never read a book quite like it -- especially when it comes to horror.

And I can't really give an in-depth review without spoiling quite a few different things about it. Let's just say the scary monster in this isn't one that you've probably ever encountered. Which makes it terrifying when you start to think about it.

Recommended for horror lovers who are looking for a twist they've never seen and don't expect.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ash
Cryer’s Cross. It’s a book I picked up at the book story because it was in the bargain section and someone said it was “eerie, gripping” yadda yadda yadda. I’m not too sure why but I trusted this person, probably because I hadn’t read a good mystery/thriller in a while.
I should have known better. I should have seen through Cryer’s Cross’s (tee hee, that looks funny) guise. Somehow, absorbed in false hope, a book called Cryer’s Cross with a stupid looking desk on the cover got me to buy it. It t
Holy crap. Ladies and gentlemen, Lisa McMann has done it once again. This book was similar to the Dream Catcher trilogy (Wake, Fade and Gone) yet so different. Cryer's Cross totally brought the words 'eerie' and 'haunting' to a whole new level, well maybe not, but its sure damn close! It had me shuddering throughout but I couldn't bring myself to tear away from the pages, I was glued to it from the very first page, and here I will quote it:

When it is over, We breathe and ache like old oak, lik
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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
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Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling THE UNWANTEDS series (the new UNWANTEDS QUESTS series begins Feb 7, 2017) and the YA paranormal WAKE trilogy. Other books include the VISIONS trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, INFINITY RING: The Trap Door, and the GOING WILD trilogy (book 2 coming autumn 2017).

You can find more info at Lisa'a website, lisamc
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