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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Crossing

This book definitely hits close to home as the subject matter could be a relevant breaking news headline from any major network.

When a shooting takes place on a school bus, a beloved teacher and student are shot.  The teacher doesn’t survive, yet ten years have gone by and the case remains unsolved due to missing evidence.  This book is an emotional roller coaster as it touches on tragedy, grief, forgiveness and reconciliation.  It also touches on posttraumatic stress as Claudia, one of the teenagers who was on the school bus, relives the shooting over and over in her nightmares as an adult. 

While the overall storyline had the potential to be very good, the writing isn’t that great.  More conservative readers should be aware that this book includes quite a bit of sexual banter (some of it between Vic and Claudia who are married).   Vic, also eyeballs a secretary in a tight fitting skirt. Other references are made to men "watching" women.  There’s some graphic writing related to a rape scene and several mentions of domestic violence. 

This is certainly not a light read and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. 

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About This Book

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 world—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?

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