When I first received this book my first thought upon seeing the author’s name, Serita Jakes, was, “I wonder if she is related to Bishop T. D. Jakes.” When I read the author information on the back cover, I discovered the author is his wife.
The Crossing isn’t a book where everything is wrapped up in a neat little package by page 300. Instead if mimics life. Some characters have a happy ending while others do not.
Ten years ago, a group of students coming home from a football game witness the murder of their teacher and cheerleading coach on the bus they are all on. Fast forward to present day and the still unsolved murder is being re-investigated by the ADA. The main character, Claudia, was best friends with the woman who was murdered and is still struggling with the whole thing. Her husband, Victor, is the ADA who re-opens the investigation in hopes of helping his wife overcome her panic attacks. And Casio Hightower was a student who was on the bus that night and is now a cop who wants in on the investigation.
Jakes does a wonderful job of integrating these stories and showing how years of suppressed memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has affected the individuals who witnessed the murder. She also does an excellent job of showing how some people are able to overcome that darkness but others succumb to it. I highly recommend this one.
****This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Press free of charge in exchange for an honest review.