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The anticipation reading this book was definitely worth it. Although, there is no twist in the end. To me, the "twist" that people have mentioned prior was expected as I continued to read the book. A good, quick young adult thriller read for the masses. Anyone interested in a mystery, ghosts, evil spirits would be interested in this read.
I loved the Dreamcatcher series by Lisa McMann and that’s why I decided to buy “Cryer’s Cross”. This book, however, is quite different: it tells the story of Kandell, a teenager who has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and lives in a small town called Cryer’s Cross. She has a boyfriend, Nico, a boy who knows since she was little, but she doesn’t like to call him that because it seems to mean some kind of obligation. Everything changes when Nico disappears. He is the second teenager disappeared in Cryer’s Cross this year, and people are afraid. At the same time, Kandell knows better Jacian, a newcomer…
If you had read any other McMann’s books, you’ll know she has a simple narration, with short descriptions that let everything to reader’s imagination. I like her writing, but my problem with her this time is the plot: I found it too simple. It has some mystery and I like the way she captures OCD’s influence in daily life; however, I think she could have chosen a better ending. I had a good time with the listening (if I can call a “good time” a mystery-horror story), but it’s easy to forget. I still prefer the Dreamcatcher trilogy.
Finally, the narrator does a good job and she really scared me with “We” fragments.
I can hardly believe how much Lisa McMann managed to squeeze into 5 hours and 27 minutes! Kendall is an interesting character who struggles with the events unfolding in her life. Her OCD is dealt with in an interesting way, though I thought at times that it was a little too “easy” for her. Much more conflict was produced by her developing feelings for the cold and brooding Jacian. She has to struggle with how he makes her feel and fight the temptations aroused by these feelings while she’s still unsure of what has happened to her more fraternal boyfriend, Nico. I thought McMann dealt with this powerfully. I don’t think I’ve ever wished a good guy would end up dead so that the love between two other characters could blossom! I felt bad for wishing it and Kendall, the protagonist, felt bad too! This created a lot of empathy which held me firmly gripped.
The antagonist of the text, “We”, was an unusual choice which I was dubious about, at first. I won’t give too much away but I shall say that by the end of the story, I had suspended my disbelief and allowed the idea to sit well with me. I allowed myself to think that some stains just don’t scrub out, so maybe I could believe what McMann wanted me to about the antagonist.
Overall, I thought Cryer’s Cross was a great book which really lived up to that old adage about quality being more important than quantity. The quality of the writing and the rounded characters made this an entertaining read which is just perfect for those of you looking for something short to take to the beach with you this summer. I took mine to the gym which was a lot more hard work!
This took a little while to get into as its present tense, third person narrative takes some getting used to, but as the story takes hold, the writing style soon feels natural. Part supernatural thriller, part realistic portrayal of a known mental disorder, this is a cleverly written story, haunting and emotionally gripping, with well drawn characters. The author captures life in a small town really well and her descriptions of the heroines battle with OCD is handled with care. The story is at times, chilling, and as the sinister atmosphere builds, the story becomes impossible to tear away from. My only regret is that it appears to be a stand alone.