When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 

ECPA Christian Book Award, Fiction 2007


In a small town square of a sleepy Georgia town, seven-year-old Annie sits at her lemonade stand, raising money for her own heart transplant. At a nearby store, Reese flips through the newspaper, thinking about the latest boat he’s restoring.

As a beat-up bread truck careens around the corner, a strong wind blows Annie’s money into the road. Reese looks up in time to see Annie’s yellow dress fluttering in the wind as she runs into the road. What happens next will change both of their lives forever.

My Review

To say your life will change when you read this book is putting it lightly. You will laugh. You will cry. You will need to put down the book at times and walk away because you’ll need to get a hold of all of your crazy emotions. This book will grip your very soul.

One detail about this book is the compelling way it shows relationships between a doctor and when someone they care for is sick. Obviously this can become super difficult for those in the medical field and even more difficult if they feel like they can’t save those they love.

It was written in first person with the voice of Reese. He starts out as a recluse. With a tragic past that is slowly revealed throughout the story.

Annie is a sweet little girl who has been hit with so many tough situations in her young life that your heart can’t help but break for her. But she is the such a positive, happy, and enchanting child. She has the whole town pulling for her!

There is also Charlie who always tells it like it is. Cindy who does everything she possibly can for Annie. And of course the rest of the town, hospital staff, and cast of characters who – by the end of the book you feel as if they are your own friends and neighbors.

This was a book that when it was done I wanted there to be more. I actually finished it a couple of months ago and it is still sticking with me. It really was that good. Let me know if you’ve read this book or any others by Charles Martin. I’d love to find out what you think.

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