Thursday, October 28, 2010
Cryer's Cross is creepy, mysterious, and completely absorbing. The intimacy of McMann's small town setting makes this novel especially gripping--and foreboding. Kendall is an excellent protagonist, and her struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder not only add a whole new fascinating dimension to the story, but the way McMann uses it to uncover a vital clue to the mystery of disappearances in Cryer's Cross is brilliant. McMann also does an excellent job at portraying the relationship between Kendall and new student Jacián. At first, they hate each other, but through the circumstances of the disappearances and the tumult of emotions affecting the both of them, they slowly work up to friendship, and both are able to help each other in unexpected ways. Cryer's Cross is peppered with snatches of narrative from the force behind the disappearances, which gives the story extra urgency and suspense, so by the final chapters, you'll hardly be able to keep still. Tragic, emotional, sometimes humorous, and full of tension, Cryer's Cross is one stand-out novel and possibly Lisa McMann's best book yet.
Cover Comments: CREEPY! I love it. It's so perfect for the book, and it will have you shivering when you read the book and make the connections. So perfect.
Cryer's Cross will be out on February 8th, 2010!
ARC provided by publisher.