Title: Cryer's Cross
Other Titles: The Missing
Other Titles: The Missing
Author: Lisa McMann
Release Date: February 8th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Snyopsis (from GoodReads)
Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer¹s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.
But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.
Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried....
This is going to be one of my shorter reviews. I held off reviewing it for a bit too long so it's a bit harder to review it in depth. If I ever re-read this book I will make sure I come back to write a better one.
This story is written in third-person narrative which I am not really a big fan of as I find it harder to connect with characters. I did get used to it though and despite feeling 'disconnected' at first, the story engrossed me and I flipped through the pages with ease. During the first few chapters I found the dialogue a bit unrealistic and over the top at times. That really stuck out for me, but don't worry! It becomes more natural as the story goes on. Something I surprisingly liked about this story is the mystery about it. All you really know for a while is that a girl in this small town has gone missing and for a time you could be somewhat convinced that it's simply a kidnapping. Though none of the characters say anything about it otherwise, the way the author tells the story gives you an inkling that there is definitely more to it. This is what made the book such a page-turner for me. Unlike most books I've read, the reason I wanted to keep reading this book was not because of the events that were happening. It was more because of the build up of the story. Something was coming, slowly and steadily and props to the author for gripping my attention through all of this. The ending was so-so for me. The reasoning for it was not satisfactory enough and I would have liked for it to be a bit more... complex, I suppose. I honestly wouldn't have minded reading a few extra chapters for the author to have added a bit more to to it. It was a bit rushed but it wasn't a bad ending.
So for a wrap up of my thoughts? I enjoyed the book. It was fast-paced and the author did a good job of building the suspense. The characters were likable though a few supporting characters could have used some more development. The ending was a bit too simple for me and I would have liked some more complexity. With that being said, it wasn't too much of a let down and I would definitely not say it made the book any less worthy of your time. This mysterious and dark story is definitely worth a read!