The tiny community of Cryer’s Cross has been witness to a tragedy when Tiffany disappears without a trace. Because the town is so small, 16-year-old Kendall knew Tiffany though she was several years younger. Returning to their one-room high school, Kendall needs to tidy the desks and room before a new school year begins thanks to her OCD. Kendall returns to her areas of comfort, playing soccer, dreaming about leaving Cryer’s Cross for Juilliard, and her boyfriend Nico. When Nico begins acting strange and then disappears, the community enforces a curfew. After Nico disappears and soccer is cancelled, Kendall’s OCD becomes much worse. She only finds relief when playing soccer with Jacian, a new boy in school who manages to both bother and intrigue Kendall. When Kendall starts hearing Nico’s voice when she sits at his desk and receiving messages through the graffiti scratched into its surface, she is drawn into the horror that lives in her small town.
This thriller has great teen appeal. It is creepy, frightening, but not fully horror. Just right for teens who want a little scare but not too much. The romance is nicely built in the book as well. I liked that it was not instantaneous but rather built as they got to know one another better.
The pacing is well done, drawing out the scary moments and allowing the story time to build. I found it nearly impossible to put down, my mind kept working on unraveling the mystery even when I was not reading. The conclusion was exciting, frightening and great fun to read. It was also nicely foreshadowed in the book, making it very satisfying.
A thrilling, fun read that is sure to appeal to McMann’s fans. The cover is eye-catching and will welcome additional readers too. Get this in the hands of teens who want a jolt of terror in their reads. Appropriate for ages 14-17.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon Pulse.
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