Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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The community of Cryer's Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany's empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on...until Ken's boyfriend also disappears, and also without a trace. now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nica and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear... and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possible be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating....and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble up on some ugly--and deadly--local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.
Lisa McMann is one of the best young adult writers that I've come across since I started blogging two years ago. Her Wake series is amazing and while Cryer's Cross still sucked me in with every page, it has the element of mystery. I'm always really intrigued by stories that have people that go missing, serial killers and things that are a little bit creepy. So Cryer's Cross was definitely a win for me!
It starts off a couple of months after the first person goes missing and the whole town just assumes that she had ran away from home. Until Nico goes missing then we know something seriously wrong is going on. It made me really sad to find out that Kendall's boyfriend went missing because they were a really cute couple in the beginning and I was hoping that they would find him alive.
But of course there is Jacian who is the new transfer who is tall, dark and handsome. He is a very well built soccer player, dark hair and eyes and some seriously Latino heritage. He literally made me want to melt sometimes. So I was quite torn between Kendall moving on from her missing boyfriend and finding comfort in the arms of the gorgeous new boy or keeping her hope alive and doing whatever she could to find Nico. What is a girl to do?!
Cryer's Cross was also a little bit of a thriller (which is also LOVE). The dark, scary woods that seemed to surround the whole town and the secrets that the older town members were keeping. The ending was so good (of course I'm not going to tell you) which made the book worth reading. It was also nice to read a book that is not part of a series. If you're easily scared, I would not recommend reading this book at night!