“The Crossing” by Serita Jakes

Wow!  What a book!  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked it up, but this book took me on a journey on a story through a number of characters’ lives and thoughts.  Ten years ago, a masked man stepped onto a school bus filled with cheerleaders, football players, and students.  He shot and killed the cheerleading coach, wounded the bus driver, and wounded a football player.  He was never caught.  His actions affected more lives than just those three.  Claudia was a senior cheerleader and close friend of the coach.  She has never gotten over that night.

Fast forward ten years.  Claudia is married to Vic, who is the Assistant District Attorney.  Two years prior, she suffered a miscarriage and has had anxiety issues ever since.  Casio, the wounded football player is a cop with anger management issues.  His anger is causing issues with his current girlfriend.

Vic decides to reopen the case, hoping it will bring some closure to his wife.  Casio manages to get placed on the case with him, especially after Casio’s dad gives him some evidence that wasn’t in the original case files.  What follows is like watching lives self-combust.  What people believed turns out to be false, what they never saw actually existed, and people’s inner demons are still impacting events ten years later.

What I thought was interesting was that every chapter started with a prologue of sorts, written from the POV of the cheerleading coach as she lay dying in Claudia’s arms.  I thought it was some of the most beautiful writing I have read in a while.  This is christian fiction, but it’s not overwhelmingly so.  I was completely surprised by the ending.  It didn’t turn out at all as I imagined.

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Chapter One Excerpt

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I was not required to give a positive review.  All opinions are my own.

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