February 2011 by Simon Pulse
The Community of Cryer's Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman, Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16 year old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany's empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on ... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows its crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she too will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy that she finds irritating ... and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly - and deadly - local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.
I have read Lisa McMann's Wake Trilogy. Although, it did not blow me away, I still enjoyed it. This one however? Extremely disappointing. After reading the book and then reading other reviews? I don't know. Did we all read the same book? I found the writing to be very disconnected. Especially the conversations between the characters. It felt like I was missing whole sections of dialog or something. I never felt connected to any of the characters. At all! I like the main storyline and it could have been a good book. It was just very poorly executed...in my opinion. I found the entire book to be very vague in nature. We were being told that this was happening or that, but never explained why? For example, the main character Kendall and her OCD. She was constantly mentioning her OCD, but I never truly understood what it felt like for her. It was all so vague. The story really did not start to get interesting until the last 40 pages or so. The book is only 233 pages. There really isn't much else to say.
If you are a fan of Lisa McMann, then yes, you will probably give this one a read. If not? Maybe this is one for the bottom of the TBR pile.
Rating: 2 stars