My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A long review to come.
But for now, like her trilogy, there is something haunting about Cryer’s Cross. I love the briefness of her writing, and how it’s written, it’s adds to the tension.
So wow, it has officially been too long since I read a good decent novel and reviewed it as a suggestive read. Well, the last one I read was Throne of Glass which I loved, duh, even if I had my cons about it, I still loved it and wanted to read more. Cryer’s Cross, on the other hand, is something completely and utterly different from TOG. Well duh, that’s because they’re different genres Nina! And also, different in general. Sooooo…..FAST FORWARD all my ramblingness, and let’s get to the review:
Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s 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….
I liked the plot. It wasn’t oh so fabulous that I would gush about it, and it wasn’t so terrible that I have nothing to say at all. I think, overall it was actually quite good. As to whether I think it was predictable or not, I find it hard to answer. I didn’t guess the story behind the mystery that was one thing. I also didn’t guess how people disappeared. I did guess, however, what happened to Kendall. Funnily enough I read this jut short of Halloween, though we don’t make it into a whole shebang down under, I do know what day it is, and I do like to delve into creepy books when it’s time! Of course, McMann’s book was somewhat very creepy, the decent into madness and longing, and then the twist that gets Kendall. I liked it. I really did like this book. Though there is a bit that bothered me, and that was…there were no suspects in the story (none that I fell for anyway) but yet I also had no actual idea who was the culprit.
So for those who usually read my reviews, this section usually comes after characters and setting, but today, I feel like writing about the writing first. Why? It’s because I consider McMann’s style unique. When I read her other series, Wake, I was intrigued by her style. In my opinion it adds to the creepy factor. The lack of descriptiveness, the briefer the sentences, the more intense the feeling, and for people with really hyperactive imaginations, like myself, it’s brilliant because it gives us the space to creep ourselves out as much as possible. So hence I liked the brief present tense writing. It was a bit of shock though to read such briefness after spending so long working on descriptive works and reading more descriptive books. But that by no means mean that this book lacks substance. Oh no, in fact, it very full of substance, and not one word is wasted. In fact, every word in the book is used wisely to convey the thriller aspect of this book.
>Kendall is an unbelievable person. She was very interesting. I can’t think of many books that depict an OCD person the way McMann depicted Kendall’s OCD. It was very realistic (well as far as I can tell and as far as I’ve seen in people who do have OCD) and as someone who does not entirely experience or possess OCD herself, I found this very interesting. Reading Kendall’s story I really felt her OCDness. It was very alive, and even I felt the itch to straighten up a desk or chair, make sure they were all in order, and in the right place. As a character, I liked her complicatedness, even though sometimes I thought she was a bit whiny, but then considering her character, and her situation, I didn’t mind the whininess. In fact, without it, I think I would have hated her. I love that she really, really loved her boyfriend and childhood friend, and I love her determined dedication to him right til the end. Even though for a long time, she questioned Nico, but still, she chooses only to believe him.
And then there is the boy, the bad boy, darkly mysterious, and not entirely as much of an asshole like most men in YA novels, Jacian. Hmm…okay, so I generally like the men in McMann’s work. They’re not annoying even though they are usually your brooding kind of great athletic males, or the gorgeous loner types. I’m being stereotypical here, but then, how can I explain it without being so? So Jacian is introduced as your typical new to town kind of guy, and he’s not happy, plus with the disappearance of the girl at the start of the novel, he’s been under suspicion. Anyway, in a long distance relationship and living not far from Kendall (well farm wise…it’s a very isolated place after all), he’s a bit of an ass to begin with. But as he and Kendall spend more time, playing soccer while Kendall dealt with the loss of those important to her, and also, dealing with the changes in her life that are coming, and which she can’t stand. Jacian has some depth to him, but not as much as Kendall in this book. I didn’t mind that because this book is mainly focussed on Kendall, but in a way Jacian is like the required male love interest in the book that is seen in all YA novels, and doesn’t really play a deeper role than that. Which is a shame, I would have love to have seen more of him.
The creepily small town of Cryer’s Cross which has a small number of people making it easy to know who is who and easy to know when someone is missing.
I like creepy books that actually give what they promise. I read one book once that prommised a thriller and even had an awesome cover to match the premise, but was severely disappointing when I got to reading it. Although this book isn’t as creepy or thrillery as The Ruins, it’s still creepy enough to make you wonder what the hell is going on, and who the hell is doing it. And then there are the moments where you want to shake Kendall out of her stupor (induced) and tell her to let go. So I guess I would recommend this as a creepy Suggestive Read.