Border Crossingsby Michael Weems
Two worlds collide when the corruption and crime from one of Mexico's most violent cartels spreads over the border. Taylor Woodall, a sophomore at the University of Texas, has been kidnapped in Cancun while on spring break. Private investigator Catherine James is on the case, but when the evidence begins pointing to a violent drug gang and the cartel puts out a hit
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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!
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.