Saturday, December 3, 2011

"The Crossing" by Serita Jakes

Murder. The gunman shot her, shot someone trying to stop it, then got off the bus and disappeared. That's how the story began, but what happened to the individuals in the story definitely doesn't end there. B.J. died that day, but Claudia and Casio were dealt a blow that would change them forever. Casio had played football, Claudia had trusted B.J and called her "friend." But what about the shooter? Who was this person and how does their life intertwine with those on and off the bus? After 10 years, how is everyone coping? Will Victor be able to help his wife and solve the murder? Will anyone lean on God to help them?

While I enjoyed the book, I found it a little hard to get into at first, but as the story unfolded, I couldn't put the book down. I was pulled in by the effects of PTSD on the characters, especially Claudia and Casio, and the love Victor had for his wife. This story could have come from today's headlines and was written in a realistic way. Individual readers will enjoy this book and book clubs will find lots to talk about. Some topics are: PTSD, secrets, love, forgiveness, and finding your way back to God. I received my free review copy from the Blogging for Books program and thank them for it.

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