Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Crossing by Serita Jakes

Book Description:
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 fi re 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?

My Thoughts:
I liked this book.  Ten years ago, Claudia's best friend died in her arms.  A masked gunman came onto the school bus and opened fire.  After all this time, there is still no one to bring to justice.  Claudia's husband decides his best course of action is to solve the ten year old murder so maybe his wife can move on with her life and stop hurting.  Closure is what they all need, but what will it cost them? 
This book was an emotional ride.  The story line was well written.  The characters well thought out and developed.  I loved how the teacher wasn't just someone who died to start everything but an actual character that we get to know.  It shows how things that happen even at a young age effect us for the rest of our lives. 
I rate this a 4/5.  It was a 'can't put down' book.

Thank you to Waterbrook for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.