Ten years ago a school bus was stopped at a railroad crossing. On board was a Texas football team, cheerleaders and staff returning from a game. A masked gunman entered the waiting bus and murdered the cheerleading coach and wounded a student. The cheerleading coach was young, just out of college. Claudia had become her good friend in the short time the spirited teacher had been there. Claudia held her dear friend as the life seeped out of her.
Go forward ten years. Claudia is married to the assistant DA and has a young daughter. Claudia still gets panic attacks, never having resolved the deadly scene. Her husband decides to help Claudia by reopening the case, as the murderer had never been identified and arrested. As he begins to interview people and poke into some new places, Claudia can't stand it and threatens to leave.
As we experience the investigation into the old murder, we also get glimpses into the thoughts and feelings of the dying teacher. It becomes clear that evidence was suppressed, the autopsy was rigged, and some important people had never been interviewed.
Jakes has created a very good novel. It captured me at the beginning and was a page turner to the end. I read the entire book in a day (retirement is wonderful). The way the truth of that day ten years ago was revealed is clever and very well done. The struggles the survivors were still experiencing were real. Several characters in the book are Christians and the way they lived out their faith, doubts and all, was well done.
For a debut, this is a great novel.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Publishers for the purpose of this review.
The Crossing is a wonderful Christian fiction mystery. I absolutely loved this book because I just couldn't stop reading! I was captivated by Serita Jakes novel from the moment I picked up the book.
Ten years prior to the present day, a gunman boarded the high school bus at a railroad crossing and killed the cheer leading coach BJ.
Claudia Campbell was with BJ til the moment she died and has panic attacks from the memories. Her husband, Victor, is the assistant DA for the small town in Texas. He reopens the case to try to find the man who murdered his wife's best friend.
Casio was the star football player on the high school team, he was also shot in the arm by the gunman but the wound wasn't fatal. He joins Victor to solve the case to find the man who ruined his career as a football player.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery!
As a Christian counselor, I wanted to see how PTSD was treated. The capturing of the symptoms and the recognition that counseling would help was great to see in a Christian format. I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
All will be blessed in the reading of it and seeing
This is a novel about the repercussions of a selfish act and the victims who are left behind to remember it.
Claudia is having trouble letting go of a murder that has haunted her for the last 10 yrs, her husband Vic is trying to make sense of everything that has transpired.
Casio Hightower whose rage hurts the ones he cares for most, his regrets become his shame. Like Claudia, he too has memories of that fateful evening when the shooting took his heart from him.
The question is: Will the murderer be found and brought to justice?
Going from past to present the author ties the novel together. A satisfying suspenseful read with a creative twist ending. Good character development, scenery and dialogue keep you reading. Although the book has an overall inspiring message, I was hoping for more faith with the characters. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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.