Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
This creepy horror story will keep you on the edge of your seat until the startling conclusion. Kendall lives in the tiny town of Cryer’s Cross, so small her high school is just one room with twenty-four students! When a quiet, ninth grade girl disappears, the town is devastated, but when Kendall’s boyfriend Nico becomes the second missing person, she becomes drawn into the paralyzing fear overtaking the community. Add to this the fact that Kendall has OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and the readers see her brain working overtime to stay on this side of sanity. When Kendall starts hearing what sounds like voices of the two missing students coming out of the ancient, battered school desk they both used, she’s afraid she’s finally toppled over the edge. Although it’s hard not to suspect that the handsome new student Jacian is involved, he and his sister eventually become Kendall’s allies in trying to uncover the secrets the town has been hiding for years.
I really enjoyed this story and found McMann’s writing compelling. She tells it in the present tense, so the readers feel like they’re going through all the terror and drama right along with Kendall and her friends. I even went and picked up McMann’s Wake trilogy (which we DO have) after finishing this edgy ghost story. I recommend this to all horror fans, readers who liked the Wake series, and anyone looking for a quick read you won’t be able to set down.