Last year, a student went missing in the small town of Cryer’s Cross and was never seen again. Kendall is pretty sure she’s the only one who still thinks about her. Then Kendall’s boyfriend Nico disappears. Just like before, there’s no sign of him; it’s almost like he simply vanished. Kendall thinks maybe she’s the only one who can find him. Because she has OCD, she’s really, REALLY good at noticing things, especially things that maybe other people wouldn’t notice.
Except there’s one other thing. There’s a new family in town and she’s drawn to Jacien. But what kind of person gets a crush on some guy when her boyfriend is missing, probably in danger?
I wanted to read this because I absolutely loved Lisa McMann’s most recent book, Dead to You. Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s a little over 200 pages (233, according to my phone’s Kindle app) and so it’s probably not that surprising that I thought it felt a little rushed.
Also, Kendall has OCD. You learn this early on and it is mentioned so many times throughout the book. I don’t have OCD and (to my knowledge) I don’t know anyone that does, but I can’t imagine that it would come up as many times as it did in this book. Yes, Kendall needs to straighten the desks and the markers and align the curtains just so and make sure doors and windows are locked. I get it.
It’s not that this is a bad book or one that isn’t interesting. I did want to keep reading and find out who (or what) is causing teenagers to disappear in this town. But at the same time, I also found it hard to care. I didn’t particularly like Kendall (although I didn’t dislike her, either) and I didn’t love any of the other characters, either.
If you’re going to read her books, I’d suggest Dead to You instead.