Cryer’s Cross – by Lisa McMann
This is a book that tries very hard to be creepy and suspenseful. And almost succeeds. There are creepy, suspenseful parts, but they are few and far between, and even in those moments, if you stop and think about what is actually happening, it just gets silly.
When kids in Cryer’s Cross, Montana start disappearing, and seventeen-year-old Kendall finds a mysterious message from one of the missing kids scratched into a desk at school, she becomes obsessed with finding out the truth about what is happening in her small town. She also finds herself becoming more and more attracted to a handsome, brooding newcomer.
That romance angle sounds like an afterthought to the rest of the plot, but it actually takes up the majority of the book. I did like the romance parts, though, so that’s a plus. The mystery and action part of the plot doesn’t really pick up until the last few chapters, at which point it does get quite gripping. However, I don’t want to give anything away here, but I just can’t get around the fact that the “villain” behind the disappearances is more silly than scary. And the passages in between chapters from the point of view of the trapped souls are just painful. I think that without those passages, the book would have been a lot stronger and a lot less ridiculous.