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Border Crossings

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Excellent book! Very fast read with parallel story lines that we

    Excellent book! Very fast read with parallel story lines that were woven together quite nicely. Some parts might be gruesome for squeamish people. However, I think there is probably a lot of truth to what has been described. Highly recommended book!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Border Crossings is a disturbing book, one that gripped me tight

    Border Crossings is a disturbing book, one that gripped me tight and held on. The topic is a hard, desperate struggle to comprehend. As Catherine James says at one point: you really don't know until you've been there.

    The story of the Mexican girls in Texas literally gave me nightmares in which I was desperately trying to escape the life they are forced to live. Weems paints a grim and heart wrenching picture of what can and assuredly does happen to girls who are just looking for a better life.

    The other storyline.... While the twists and turns kept me involved and rooting for our heroes, I'm not so sure I completely buy the ending. Only in part because it is so dark. Mainly, I think, my doubt arises because they so easily get away with murdering or causing the murder of every individual responsible for Taylor Woodall's death. In a Just world, yes, but today? I don't think so.

    Another thing that bothers me is how invested Catherine is in this investigation, when she only met the girl a couple times, and I didn't get a real sense of how close she was to the parents. I mean, she'd have to be to do the things she does, right? But I just didn't get that from the writing.

    I love the little boy, Julio. What a great character. Tough nut, that one. And I liked Matt. Everyone should have a friend like Matt.

    The main thing I found distracting was the author's apparent use of a 3rd person omniscient POV (point of view). I found the head-hopping to be jarring, especially when the POV - and sometimes even the locality! - changed so abruptly, sometimes in the middle of paragraphs. I know POV is challenging to maintain, but often, I think, the <i>story</i>
    is better served by controlling it. If a writer has to work to reveal information through one source at a time, it makes for a better reading experience. In my opinion.

    Be prepared for a ride through some rough country in Border Crossings. Your compassion will take a pounding in a way that will make you wish for the kind of justice Catherine and Matt mete out. I'm not a violent person, but I'm not sure I wouldn't do the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Entertained me A good read after it pulls you in, took a little

    Entertained me
    A good read after it pulls you in, took a little while though.

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