Friday, September 7, 2012


The Crossing

A Novel

  • Trade Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781400073030
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 fire 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?
(Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Mrs. Serita Jakes talks about her new novel The Crossing 


About the Author . . .           

SERITA ANN JAKES has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their entire marriage of nearly 30 years. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, Mrs. Jakes is Executive Director of the WoMan To Woman Ministries of The Potter's House of Dallas where her husband is Senior Pastor. 

Reader Review . . . 

On the way home from a high school football game, a masked gunman jumped onto the bus and opened fire, killing the cheerleading coach, BJ Remington, and injuring the star quarterback, Casio Hightower.  Ten years later, Casio and his former girlfriend Claudia are still dealing with the aftermath of that terrible night.  When Claudia's Assistant District Attorney husband reopens the case, the truth of what happened that night reopens old wounds that have never really healed.

This is a good novel portraying characters suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  They seem like real people with real problems, which you don't usually find in fictional novels.  Casio has anger management problems as well as relationship problems, and Claudia suffers anxiety attacks and flashbacks.  These are very real and common symptoms.  The opening of each chapter where we hear BJ's dying thoughts are captivating.  They may be the best part of the book.  It held my attention right up until the end, and then somehow it fell flat.  The solution was predictable and it seemed that most of it was wrapped up off-stage, if you will.  But all in all, it was a good read, and I thought it was nice that at the end there was information regarding PTSD.

4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  





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