Author: Lisa McMann
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published: February 8th 2011 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC, GalleyGrab by Simon and Schuster
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 it's 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 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 read this one a couple weeks ago and it's still on my mind. The novel was written in third person, which I am not a terrible fan of in YA, but it works for this story. It is super creepy and that's what helped me over-look my third person dislike. Nico was one of my favorite characters from the start and I was sad when he disappeared. I wanted Kendall to find him. I actually got excited when she sat at the creeptastic desk and saw messages from Nico. That kept my hope alive that she would find her childhood friend/boyfriend.
Jacian was a hot edition to the story. He would've made a great love interest if I didn't like Nico so much and wanted Kendall to find him.
All in all I liked this one. It wasn't my favorite Lisa McMann novel, but it did keep me hooked, and I can totally picture this one as a movie. It's just that creepy, especially at the end.
Read this one if you like scary stories that stick around in your brain long after you've closed the book.