By: Lisa McMann
Released: February 8, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"The small town of Cryer’s Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain. When a second student goes missing - someone close to Kendall’s heart - the community is in an uproar. Caught in a downward spiral of fear and anxiety, Kendall’s not sure she can hold it together. When she starts hearing the voices of the missing, calling out to her and pleading for help, she fears she’s losing her grip on reality. But when she finds messages scratched in a desk at school - messages that could only be from the missing student who used to sit there - Kendall decides that crazy or not, she’d never forgive herself if she didn’t act on her suspicions." (Summary from lisamcmann.com)
Lisa McMann's Cryer's Cross is the chilling story of the small town of Cryer's Cross, where two teenagers mysteriously disappear. Kendall, who is living with OCD, is experiencing much anxiety over these disappearances, especially since one of the missing teens was very close to her. While at school, Kendall discovers messages on the desk of the missing students and fears that she may be going crazy, but she can't let this go and dives into the mystery of Cryer's Cross. Aside from the disappearances, two new teenagers have moved into town and Kendall realizes that the town she has grown up in is not as quiet and safe as she once believed.
Cryer's Cross is a thrilling story you will find hard to put down. Kendall is a tough female protagonist, especially since she is the only girl in her grade and has grown up surrounded by the boys. However, Kendall is also compassionate and loyal to her friends and values their loyalty in return. McMann does a great job addressing OCD, I personally have lived with OCD for years and I could relate to what Kendall experiences day to day. I thoroughly enjoyed Cryer's Cross, the plot flowed right to the end and each character is interesting in their own way.