Ten years has passed and the tragedy of a shooting is as real to today to those who experienced as it was then. A gunman takes a life and by all appearances, life doesn't just carry on. We see the scars that are left behind and we ride this journey with these characters fighting to find today. But the case is now being reopened after all these years.
Betrayal is alive in this book. We have murder, suspense and the seeking of the truth, but there are so many secrets to be uncovered. We see just how are demons can keep us from really living in God's abundant grace. Faith is something that I expected more of in this book by Serita Jakes. I would say this book is more secular than Christian.
I must say this book didn't really grab my attention. I wanted to enjoy it, but it just didn't happen for me. You may pick up this book and totally love it. For me, it was just missing what I look for the most in a Christian novel. Faith.
This book was a gift from WaterBrook Press for it's review.
The Crossing finds Claudia at the train track and a train was coming, she was the first one in line near the track but from old memories she freezes. Even after the train had gone by she just sit there while the other cars went around her. Officer Casio Hightower knew her as he was on the same bus the day the shooter got on and started to shoot.
That is what she was rememering, that day, she was so scared as he got on and shot BJ one of her friends. She was a cheeerleader at her school and it had been ten years. They had never found the killer and it was time to try to find him so that they all could get these memories eased.
As the story progressed it got into the things that had happened and the things that are happened present day. This is really a mystery that keeps you wanting to just keep turning pages so you can see what the next page brings.
Thanks so much to WaterBrook Press for sending me this book for my review.
This was an interesting story about the effects of PTSD and what could potentially happen if you don't deal with it. When a group of high school students were on their way home from a football game, a masked gunman entered the bus and shot 3 people killing one of the teachers on board. The murder was never solved and when the case is re-opened 10 years later, it causes emotions to roll. The only part that seemed unbelievable to me was the fact that the high-profile preachers daughter would not have received counseling after such a traumatic experience. This story was well done and is a real eye-opener to the effects of traumatic experiences when they are not dealt with.
I received this book for free from blogging for books in exchange for my review.
Imprisoned by memories, Claudia Campbell lives each day in the shadow of a ten-year-old murder. Who can set her free?
On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fire on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.
Officer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed. A star quarterback with a promising future, Casio was on top of the worldâ€”until one bullet changed everything. He is eager to help Victor Campbell find B.J.'s killer, the man who shot him. Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he loves.
As the Campbells and Casio teeter on the brink of losing everything, will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross?
I sometimes enjoy reading mysteries. So when I saw that this book; The Crossing by Serita Jakes was available to review from WaterBrook Multnomah, I decided that I would like to review it. I was captured by the first couple of pages, but as the story continued, I had to make myself finish the book.
The story begins with the bus driver,a teacher, BJ Remington, and a student being shot on a school bus on the way back from a football game 10 years before. Some of the story is told through the thoughts of the teacher as she lies dying on the floor of the school bus. When the story is in the present tense, the story is told though the three main characters eyes: Claudia, Victor, and Casio.
Claudia was traumatized by the shooting and experiences panic attacks and her relationships with her parents, and husband are strained.
Victor is Claudia's husband and the Assistant DA, he has reopened the case to help find closure for his wife.
Casio, the former high school quarterback, whose promising NFL career ended as the result of the shooting. Is now a police officer and is helping to solve the case. He also is very hot tempered and is an abuser.
The story, in many ways was very secular, containing bar scenes, and unwed pregnancies, The LORD's Name was profaned by some of the characters and the gospel of Christ wasn't laid out very clearly, I would give this book a 2 in a 1-5 rating system.
About the Author:
Serita Ann Jakes has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their entire marriage of nearly 30 years. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, Mrs. Jakes is Executive Director of the WoMan To Woman Ministries of The Potter's House of Dallas where her husband is Senior Pastor.
** The Crossing by Serita Jakes was provided for me free as an Advanced Reading Copy (ACR) by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.