Who would have ever thought a Christian novel would be so awesome? Not only was it a Christian novel, but it was a Murder Mystery. I was a little hesitant about reading it because I thought it would be whack, but it blew my mind.
On the way home from a high school football game, a masked gunman jumped onto the bus and opened fire, killing the cheerleading coach, BJ Remington, and injuring the star quarterback, Casio Hightower. Ten years later, Casio and his former girlfriend Claudia are still dealing with the aftermath of that terrible night. When Claudia's Assistant District Attorney husband reopens the case, the truth of what happened that night reopens old wounds that have never really healed.
This is a good novel portraying characters suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They seem like real people with real problems, which you don't usually find in fictional novels. Casio has anger management problems as well as relationship problems, and Claudia suffers anxiety attacks and flashbacks. These are very real and common symptoms. The opening of each chapter where we hear BJ's dying thoughts are captivating. They may be the best part of the book. It held my attention right up until the end, and then somehow it fell flat. The solution was predictable and it seemed that most of it was wrapped up off-stage, if you will. But all in all, it was a good read, and I thought it was nice that at the end there was information regarding PTSD.
When the students on a bus are witnesses to horrific murder in front of them on a school bus, it sticks with them. Now, many years later, when Claudia's husband decides to look into the case, Claudia is torn up by the memories.
It was a hard story, showing how trauma can effect people differently in their lives. As each character deals with solving the mystery of the murder, will it turn out to be one of themselves?
I enjoyed this story, but it was a little hard to get into to begin, but once you started, you finished it!
I generally like who dunnit books but this one was really hard for me to get into. I guess I'm just use to books that follow one or two characters. This book follows the story of four characters. It bounces so much between the four that it's really hard to get into it and I will admit, I've put this book down several times to read other books.
So, what's this book about? The book follows Claudia, Casio, Vic and BJ. Here's the weird part, in the beginning of the book we find out that BJ was killed by an unknown person on a bus that was filled with cheerlearders and football players. We also find out that BJ and Claudia were friends.
The book follows how that night has affected Claudia, Casio and Vic that happened 10 years previous. One of Claudia's friends, Casio, is a police officer who has major anger issues. Vic is the new ADA who wants to open the case to look into who killed BJ. Vic and Casio don't really get along since Claudia use to date Casio but are forced to work together on this case.
How does everything work out in the end? Who killed BJ?
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
This has been a LONG time getting to the top of my too be read pile. I joined "Blogging For Books" last year some time in a hesitant start to this whole review blogging thing I'm doing. I waited, and waited for the book to come in, but it never showed up. Here now, with my resurgence of doing these reviews, I had them send me another copy so that I can finish what I started.
Claudia, Casio and the several other players and cheerleaders were on a bus back from a game when, while they were stopped for a train, a masked gunman boarded the bus taking the life of their cheer director and friend, BJ. Other than minor injuries, no one else was hurt except for BJ. The relationship between Claudia and her teacher had gone past the normal boundaries and they had become close friends. Flash forward 10 years, Claudia is still haunted by what happened on the bus, Casio, now a police officer, is having trouble with anger management. Claudia's husband is the ADA and has been given new evidence by Casio that gives him a reason to reopen the case to hopefully find the killer. Is there a killer on the loose? What is Claudia hiding and why doesn't she want the case reopened? Does Casio ever get help with his anger issue? READ THE BOOK!
This book was rather hard for me to get into, unfortunately. The book is basically written from the perspective of about 4 characters; BJ, Claudia, Vic and Casio. I guess I'm just a simple guy and having to read these perspectives was just a bit much for me. The plot was pretty straight-forward, although there were some side stories that I thought distracted from the main plot (the affair that Claudia's mother had). There are several underlying themes that were spelled out in the book; Spousal Abuse, infidelity, faith, etc. just to name a few.
So is this a "man's book"? I would have to say probably not. Not that I think all men are as easily confused as I am, but I would rather have a book that just tells the story. Having it told by different perspectives was a major turn off for me.