The Crossing, by Serita Jakes, is a great story for all of those who have ever felt that they had to keep up appearances. While it is presented from many different points-of-view, it all begins to meld together as the book progresses.
The entire story hinges on the mystery of one night, when a gunman entered a stopped school bus and killed the cheerleading coach. Ten years later, Claudia Campbell is still dealing with the emotional fallout from that experience. Her husband, the ADA, reopens the case to find the murderer in an attempt to help his wife. Casio Hightower, also injured that fateful night, intends to assist Mr. Campbell in the investigation. As it turns out, they discover that many lives were forever changed by that one night.
This story includes mystery, suspense, marital issues, relationship difficulties, adultery, forgiveness, difficult choices, parent-child relationship issues, and much more. While it is a recommended read for adults or older teens, I would definitely hesitate to allow younger teens to read it due to the sexual situations included in the story. However, on the whole, it is a great story of love and forgiveness.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
This is the first book by Serita Jakes that I have read, and it certainly won't be the last. Written slightly different than any other I have read, it didn't take her long to have my undivided attention. The novel is divided into three parts with the verses of the Rock of Ages hymn preceeding them. It is written in the third person point of view, with headings to keep the reader in the loop as to whose thoughts and actions we are privy to at this moment. Claudia and her husband Victor, as well as a classmate of Claudia's are the main characters. BJ Remington, the cheerleading teacher who was murdered on the bus surrounded by her students and the football team makes her appearance in her thoughts immediately after the shooting, and until she dies. Although I was not sure I would appreciate this approach, Serita handled it very well without making it an element of paranormal.
Although not an extremely emotional story, the reader is drawn into the characters' lives with words drawing rich pictures of the relationships between parents and children, husband and wife, peers who have been touched by the same incident. Through it all PTSD is explored and faced.
This novel opened my eyes to the effects of PTSD and how it can affect those around them.
i received this book free from WaterbrookMultnomah Publishers through their Blogging For Books program, in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive one. The opinions expressed are my own.
I have always enjoyed a good mystery. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book because I had never heard of this author. I was very surprised that the story had just enough detail and was easy to follow. I was also blown away by the twists and turns that were a part of this story. The unexpectedness ALWAYS makes the mysteries and this story kept you guessing until the end!! Another thing that I really liked about this book was how the author tied in the importance of a relationship with God and the importance of prayer. The characters in this story were far from perfect, but showed humility in seeking out a personal relationship with Christ.
In this story, there are several characters who witnessed a brutal murder of a high school teacher/coach. This teacher was highly respected amoung her students and when she was murdered and the killer never caught it left several students with a haunting past. 10 years later, an ADA decides to reopen the case to help those put their fears to rest.
This book was a pretty quick read, and I'm ready to read some more books written by this author to see if they are also as captivating as The Crossing.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.
What a tangled web we weave,when we cheat &deceive
November 29, 2011
Blooming with Books
By Serita Jakes
Ten years have passed since BJ Remington was murdered on a school bus full of high school athletes, but the repercussions of that day still haunt some.
Claudia Campbell is caught in a re-occurring nightmare from that day. The nightmares began to affect Claudia's daily life two years ago when she miscarried. Claudia is driving her family into financial ruin with her constant spending. Claudia's husband Vic is determined to save both Claudia and their marriage from the quagmire Claudia is drowning in, but can he discover the truth in time?
Casio Hightower was headed to a career in the NFL until that night ten years ago when he was shot and his dreams shattered. He is taking his anger and despair out on his girlfriend Harper Abott. But when he takes his anger too far and physically assaults her, he could loss everything. Can Casio mend his ways or will he continue to blame Harper for his abuse?
When Casio finagles his way into Victor's investigation he little realizes that he is closer to the killer than anyone ever believed. Lies have warped and distorted the lives of everyone involved in ways that they never could have imagined.
The old statement about tangled webs being weaved when we deceive is so true where The Crossing is concerned. Pre-marital relations, extra-marital relations, lust, greed, selfishness, abuse are all the fruit of deceit and when these seeds are sown everyone around us suffers for it.
The Crossing was well written, but I can honestly say I would not want to live in their city!
The story switches back and forth between BJ Remington's final thoughts and the actions of those around her and the lives of these same people today and the issues they are facing.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
The Crossing, by Serita Jakes, takes you into the lives of Claudia, Casio and other students who were involved in a tragic shooting on a school bus ten years ago. The cheerleading coach and teacher, whom Claudia was very close to, is murdered by a masked gunman, and 10 years later, the case is still unsolved.
Most of the book is set in current time (10 years after the incident), but includes frequent flashbacks to the shooting, including from the perspective of the cheerleading coach as she lays dying.
There is a lot going on in this book and it is sometimes difficult to keep track of it all. The story moves quickly, jumps around to various characters, and seems to leave out some important details. Claudia is dealing with a lot at once - financial troubles, marriage difficulties, depression, flashbacks to 10 years ago, and new information about her parents that changes her perspective of their marriage and ministry. Claudia's husband is an assistant district attorney who decides to re-open the case, in part to help bring closure for his wife. He quickly discovers that some key evidence and information has been withheld. This makes some people in town uncomfortable and creates some unexpected turns in the story.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, and had a hard time getting into it. It is a good story, just not quite my style.
You can read an excerpt of Chapter 1 at http://www.scribd.com/doc/58109101/The-Crossing-by-Serita-Ann-Jakes-ch-1-excerpt.
I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.