The potential to be a great story – Book Review

     After 10 years Claudia is still haunted by the night she watched as her best friend was murdered and unable to do anything.  The murder has gone unsolved for so long, when Claudia’s husband, Victor, decides to reopen the case in hopes of bringing Claudia some closure the nightmares and panic attacks return full force.  Now that the case has been reopened and new evidence has come forward there is no way of stopping now. The case is tearing apart Claudia and Victor’s marriage, will Victor be able to solve the case and be able to pull his family back together?

     The Crossing could be a great story, the idea and storyline pull you into the lives of those affected by the murder and how some of the students are still trying to cope after ten years. Jakes has a good start to what could be a great story; however, the story comes off as very surface level and does not really dive into the characters and the problems they are facing on a deeper level.  The issues that develop throughout the book are solved very easily and fall into place a little too neatly.

     The summary on the back of the book is also slightly misleading, this book could be great if Jakes would take it to the next level and really delve into the characters and what makes them tick as well as what causes some of the relationships to be so strained. Reading a book where the characters have many situations to overcome and in the end fall perfectly into place seems unrealistic and avoids showing the growth of each character.

I received this book complimentary from Waterbrook Multnomah for an honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.


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