Thursday, September 29, 2011

The crossing review

I received "The Crossing" by Serita Jakes for free from waterbrook Press.  The story begins 10 years ago at a railroad crossing where a bus of football players and cheerleaders is waiting for a train.  While waiting, an unknown gun man aboards the bus shooting the driver, cheer sponsor, and a football player that tries to protect the bus.  Fast forward 10 years and the case has been reopened.  New evidence shows the sponsor had been pregnant bringing new drama to the mix. One of the cheerleader"s husband (ADA) teams up with the hero football player (now a cop and also the son of the original lead cop on the case) and they try to bring the killer to justice.  Besides the ADA being married to the star witness and the cop being a victim as well as son of previous cop on case, coincidently, the sponsor and the cheerleader's parents had had affairs with each other, the girl doing CPR happens to be the daughter of the principal who happens to be in love with the sponsor.  This part could have been expanded.  After awhile I'm thinking "jeesh aren't there any other people in this town?"  The same people cross over and over.  And another weird part is Claudia, the ADA's wife laying in the dead victim's blood and refusing to leave.  What is up with that?  Oh, and this whole time they are stuck behind what is apparently the world's longest train, because the ambulance had to wait 20 minutes for the train to go by before they could get to the victims and the incident had already happened so that means this train had been going for like 35 minutes! 
This could have been a really good story, but there are parts that needed to be thought out a little better.

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