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A Must Read - The Crossing By Author Serita Jakes
posted by JodyJ on October 26, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Intriguing but disappointing
After reading the description of The Crossing, I was immediately excited about a story that would tell about real life hardships and loss with the mystery of finding out how all of this happened. I am a sucker for a good mystery. While I was excited to begin reading, it took me a while to actually get into it. It is not the type of mystery that makes you feel like one needs to keep reading all night just to find out what happens. While it did get more interesting toward the end, I found it to be a little slow, and I never really connected with the characters. I definitely expected more and was a little disappointed when I finished.
While I was disappointed to some extent, I did think the The Crossing had a good portrayal the hurt caused by sin, and the power that true forgiveness has.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
posted by crazypinkbubbles on September 2, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 2, 2012
The Crossing - From a Man's Perspective
This has been a LONG time getting to the top of my too be read pile. I joined "Blogging For Books" last year some time in a hesitant start to this whole review blogging thing I'm doing. I waited, and waited for the book to come in, but it never showed up. Here now, with my resurgence of doing these reviews, I had them send me another copy so that I can finish what I started. Claudia, Casio and the several other players and cheerleaders were on a bus back from a game when, while they were stopped for a train, a masked gunman boarded the bus taking the life of their cheer director and friend, BJ. Other than minor injuries, no one else was hurt except for BJ. The relationship between Claudia and her teacher had gone past the normal boundaries and they had become close friends. Flash forward 10 years, Claudia is still haunted by what happened on the bus, Casio, now a police officer, is having trouble with anger management. Claudia's husband is the ADA and has been given new evidence by Casio that gives him a reason to reopen the case to hopefully find the killer. Is there a killer on the loose? What is Claudia hiding and why doesn't she want the case reopened? Does Casio ever get help with his anger issue? READ THE BOOK! This book was rather hard for me to get into, unfortunately. The book is basically written from the perspective of about 4 characters; BJ, Claudia, Vic and Casio. I guess I'm just a simple guy and having to read these perspectives was just a bit much for me. The plot was pretty straight-forward, although there were some side stories that I thought distracted from the main plot (the affair that Claudia's mother had). There are several underlying themes that were spelled out in the book; Spousal Abuse, infidelity, faith, etc. just to name a few. So is this a "man's book"? I would have to say probably not. Not that I think all men are as easily confused as I am, but I would rather have a book that just tells the story. Having it told by different perspectives was a major turn off for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2012
Dark book with a shocking ending
For ten years, Claudia Campbell has lived with the memories of her best friend dying in her arms. Claudia's husband, who just happens to be the assistant D.A., is tired of watching his wife hurting and decides that solving the murder might bring the closure that she needs to heal. In the meantime, Casio Hightower, Claudia's high school boyfriend, is having problems of his own that he blames on the trauma of that night. While it's obvious that there are deeper issues involved, Casio thinks worming his way into (and helping solve) the new investigation will help him win back his current love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We not only read the story from those involved in the modern-day story, but we are also privy to the thoughts of B.J. Remington during her last few minutes of life. It's a interesting way to tell the story, and it makes B.J. a person, a part of the story, rather than just "the teacher who died", as she might have been if we didn't learn about her thought and feelings.
This is not a light-hearted book. There is a little bit of humor in the relationship between Casio and Victor Campbell, but this is a book about domestic abuse, betrayal, adultery, and murder. It's also a book about forgiveness, love, and hope, but most of that comes at the end of the book. Speaking of which, I have to say that the ending was shocking and completely unexpected. (No peeking. It really will ruin the book for you.)
I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 19, 2011
The Crossing finds Claudia at the train track and a train was coming, she was the first one in line near the track but from old memories she freezes. Even after the train had gone by she just sit there while the other cars went around her. Officer Casio Hightower knew her as he was on the same bus the day the shooter got on and started to shoot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
That is what she was rememering, that day, she was so scared as he got on and shot BJ one of her friends. She was a cheeerleader at her school and it had been ten years. They had never found the killer and it was time to try to find him so that they all could get these memories eased.
As the story progressed it got into the things that had happened and the things that are happened present day. This is really a mystery that keeps you wanting to just keep turning pages so you can see what the next page brings.
Thanks so much to WaterBrook Press for sending me this book for my review.
Posted November 4, 2011
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