Released: 1st March 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
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...
The writing style of this book instantly got my back up, which was a bad start. I just really didn't like it. It's told in 3rd person present tense but it felt really detached and strange. It just jarred me in a really unusual way, I can't really explain what it was that I didn't like, I just really didn't like it. I really think present tense books should be told in first person, or atleast a more personal third person than this one was.
I didn't much like Kendall either. She has OCD and a 'sort of' boyfriend in Nico and I couldn't help but feel she was stringing him along a bit. In my opinion, she had no redeeming features at all. I think the part her OCD plays in the story was a bad idea, I really didn't agree with it at all but I can't really say any more without spoiling the story. It sorta made OCD into this positive thing and I think that was wrong.
The secondary characters of Nico, Jacian and Marlena were alright and made the book slightly more readable. Jacian was your typical surly teen, dragged away from a life he loved to live in farm country, and Marlena his sister was pretty much his opposite. I understood the need for the contrast between Nico and Jacian but I found the whole affair surrounding them slightly distasteful.
The actual mystery was less crime thriller more paranormal which I did find disappointing. It annoys me because I always start these books and I HAVE to finish them because I HAVE to know the end and yet they pretty much always disappoint me. The storyline of this dragged on and yet the end was sorta confusing and happened really quickly. I found the whole 'we' aspect really creepy and not in a good way either.
Overall I was really not impressed with this. I continued to read to find out what happened because it wasn't a long book, otherwise it would've been a DNF for me. I was disappointed as I've heard great things and was hoping for a fantastic YA crime thriller.