The Crossing by Serita Jakes is an intriguing and captivating story from the minute you start reading it. I happen to love novels which are fast paced. This book does not disappoint.
However, it isn't a light hearted book. The premise is about teacher and cheer leading coach by the name of B.J. Remington who was shot and murdered on a bus after a football game. Unfortunately, the murder wasn't solved. So her close friend's husband (an ADA) decided to reopen the case after a decade to bring closure for his wife Cynthia (B.J.'s student and close friend). Cynthia witnessed the murder that fateful night and thus suffered from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as a result. The twists and turns of this murder investigation and all the relationships involved was suspenseful to say the least. The book also addressed another important topic; domestic violence.
I have to admit that this book surprised me. I really didn't think I would like it as much as I did. I literally couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what would happen next. However, reading this book left me somber and thinking deeply about things. I happened to relate and identify with things that happened to some of the characters in this book. So, it brought up a lot of "stuff" for me to sort through, process and come to terms with in my own life. Yes, this book is written as fiction, however, I believe it's based on real life scenarios which can't be ignored and swept under a rug, but addressed for what they really are. This story doesn't have a happy ending, which is true to life as well.
I highly recommend this riveting and thought provoking book. I commend First Lady Serita Jakes for her courage in writing such a creative, relevant and poignant novel.
In conclusion, I want to thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me this complimentary book and for the opportunity to review it.
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