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.
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.