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The Crossing: A Novel

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  239 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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, c
Published September 6th 2011 by Random House Audio
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Courtney Edson
Won through First reads giveaways.

Ten years ago, Claudia was on a bus with her coach, favorite teacher, and other students. A mad man came onto the bus shot the assistant coach, the teacher, and a student. The teacher, Bj Remington died that night. Claudia stayed at her side and refused to walk away. Bj and Claudia were best friends they didn't have your ordinary teacher/ student relationship. Casio, the student that got shot was Claudia's boyfriend at the time.

Now, ten years later the killer
The Crossing is a Novel that is written by Serita Jakes. This book has everything for the reader. The book has a major crime that is a cold case. It has love, loss, truth, friendship and high drama. Serita writes a book you don’t want to put down. The cast of characters are Claudia ( the PK preachers kid) , Casio ( a victim and cop) , BJ Remington (teacher and crime victim) , Georgie ( the principal’s daughter and later a nurse.) last but not least Vic( Assistant District Atty and husband).The b ...more
(I received this book from WaterBrook Press free through I appreciate their generosity, but my opinions cannot be swayed.)

When first reading the description of The Crossing, it sounded intriguing. Years ago, at a railroad crossing, a gun-wielding man got on a bus coming back from a high school football game. He shot one of the players in the arm and killed the young cheerleading coach. Many years later, the assistant DA husband of one of the girls who was on the bus, along with th
Misty Nordyke
I absolutely loved this book.I could not put it down!!

Claudia Campbell is imprisoned by memories of a 10 year old murder.
On the way home from a football game, a masked gunman opens fire on a school bus.
A Cheerleading coach was killed and her murderer was never found. Claudia had a close relationship with the teacher and she relives the awful memories of that day. Claudia's husband, the assistant district attorney is determined to uncover the mystery of the tragedy to help Claudia find closur
Nikole Hahn
A gunman disrupted a bus load of high school kids and opened fire. BJ Remington lay dying and others are wounded. The gunman disappears. Years later former high school football player now officer, Casio Hightower and former girlfriend, Claudia, still bear the marks of that memory. The gun man was never found, but that day has long affected the lives of Claudia and Casio.

Casio beats his girlfriend. He doesn’t understand why he goes into his rages. Claudia is married to an ADA, but their marriage
I just received my ARC copy in the mail today and read through to, but not including, chapter 5. I was not anticipating the multiple points of view, and I am not entirely sure I enjoy that.

So far the premise of the novel is not bad, however, I do not think I have gotten to the meat of this story yet.

Sept 8th 2011 -

I am stuck between a rock and a hard place with this book. I want to finish reading it - and not for the book itself, but for the sole reason that I received it ARC and I feel obligat
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 port
Ten years after the murder of a beloved high school teacher, BJ Remington, on the way home from a football game, on the bus with the players and cheerleaders, Claudia is having flashbacks and panic attacks, reliving that night. Her husband, Vic, an assistant DA, decides to investigate, to see if the cold case murder can be solved. Casio Hightower was also on the bus that night, and had been shot in the arm, ending his season, and the hopes for scholarships to college, and hopefully a pro career. ...more
This is the first book by Serita Jakes that I have read, and it certainly won't be the last. Written slightly different than any other I have read, it didn't take her long to have my undivided attention. The novel is divided into three parts with the verses of the Rock of Ages hymn preceeding them. It is written in the third person point of view, with headings to keep the reader in the loop as to whose thoughts and actions we are privy to at this moment. Claudia and her husband Victor,
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Crossingby Serita Jakes through Blogging For Books.

I absolutely loved this book for several reasons. The first reasoning being is because the book went back and forth between the viewpoints of B.J. (the teacher who was shot and killed), Claudia (B.J.'s close friend who was there the day B.J. was kill), Victor (Claudia's husband and the assistant district attorney), Casio (was shot the same day as B.J. and became a cop like his father), and Harper (Casi
The Crossing is a surprising read. Upon reading the book jacket I was anticipating not much more than a murder mystery with a few possible twists. What I wasn't expecting was a Christian murder mystery.

This story is told from the voice of several different characters and flashes back and forth between the time of the murder and present day, I actually like this style of writing. It gives us a bit more indepth feel for what is happening and why.

While at a train crossing, a bus loaded with footba
Maureen Timerman
This book is probably a 3.5...I had to keep reading to find out the answers. There are some very surprising happenings, especially at the end.
Claudia is still upset 10 years after the murder of her teacher friend BJ, who wouldn't be with the loved one dying in your arms! The murder has gone unsolved, why? When her husband reopens the case, she feels her world crashing down.
One of the other people on the bus was Casio, he was shot in the arm. He has many demons he deals with and is very abusive
Renn Shearin
The Crossing by Serita Jakes was a compelling novel relating a story of loss, bitterness, death, and renewal. While I enjoyed the book, I felt that the Christian message of the story could have been stronger.

Claudia Campbell has been imprisoned for ten years by memories of a masked gunman who opened fire on her school's bus on the way back from a football game. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who was a close friend of B.J.'s, is constantl
April Erwin
This is the first book I've read by Mrs. Jakes, and it was a very pleasant surprise. The story is told through several of the character's points of view. The shifting between characters was really well done and I think it was an important writing decision, because the story is so much richer for it. Claudia and Casio both suffer from PTSD and emotional trauma from the accident 10 years before. Reading their thoughts and seeing how they rationalized their choices was enlightening and heartbreakin ...more
Claudia, a troubled young lady is dealing with the death of her Teacher and Coach ten years after her tragic death. Victor, her husband and ADA for the county in which they live has reopened the cold case, and this is extremely upsetting for Claudia. This is one of the main story lines in the action packed novel, called "The Crossing", by Serita Jakes.
During a return trip from a football game the bus in which the team and accompanying students and coaches are aboard, stops at a train crossing.
This book definitely hits close to home as the subject matter could be a relevant breaking news headline from any major network.

When a shooting takes place on a school bus, a beloved teacher and student are shot. The teacher doesn’t survive, yet ten years have gone by and the case remains unsolved due to missing evidence. This book is an emotional roller coaster as it touches on tragedy, grief, forgiveness and reconciliation. It also touches on posttraumatic stress as Claudia, one of the teenag
Virginia Campbell
A group of high school students witness a horrific event when their school bus is invaded by a masked gunman, who wounds the driver and one student. However, his real target is a popular young teacher whom he shoots four times and leaves to die in a pool of her own blood on the floor of the bus. The ambulance is delayed on the other side of the railroad crossing, and BJ Remington's life is lost before help can arrive. The lives of the survivors are forever affected, and the ripples of violence c ...more
Unbelievably cheesy. The dialogue was unrealistic, the characters were ridiculously forgiving, and the ending was beyond cheesy. Not to mention the fact that the main character, Claudia, was the most selfish person I've ever had the misfortune to read about. And where on earth did the author get her information on panic attacks and PTSD? The panic attacks Claudia experienced were over the top, and the fact that she had experienced the shooting did not give her the right to walk all over people a ...more
I generally like whodunit books but this one was really hard for me to get into. I guess I'm just use to books that follow one or two characters. This book follows the story of four characters. It bounces so much between the four that it's really hard to get into it and I will admit, I've put this book down several times to read other books.

So, what's this book about? The book follows Claudia, Casio, Vic and BJ. Here's the weird part, in the beginning of the book we find out that BJ was killed
Trinity Rose
This book The Crossing is one of my favorites of the year. I was so interested in it that it only took me one day to read it, and that‘s really great for me. What an exciting book.
I like how this book is split into different parts, told from different viewpoints, one being the viewpoint of the victim. I especially liked that viewpoint.
The Crossing has a lot of love, pain, hurt and forgiveness in it. Also it shows how different characters had PTSD-posttraumatic stress disorder. It shows how so
Claudia and Casio were on the bus on the way home from a football game with their teacher, BJ Remington and all the other football players and cheerleaders. Their lives are changed forever when a shooter steps onto the bus and starts killing their friends. Claudia and Casio witness the death of their favorite teacher and their lives are forever changed. Ten years later Claudia's husband, the ADA, has opened the case again to try to find BJ's murderer in hopes to cheer his wife up who is sufferin ...more
I received this book free from the publisher through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you for the opportunity to read a book I wouldn't have normally picked up.

A good story with well rounded out characters. A story of personal discoveries and finding out just because you have known someone all your life, that doesn't mean you really know who they are. When tragedy strikes choices are made. Years later, those choices still impact the characters lives. Secrets left untold for many years are shared and
I sometimes enjoy reading mysteries. So when I saw that this book; The Crossing by Serita Jakes was available to review from WaterBrook Multnomah, I decided that I would like to review it. I was captured by the first couple of pages, but as the story continued, I had to make myself finish the book.

The story begins with the bus driver,a teacher, BJ Remington, and a student being shot on a school bus on the way back from a football game 10 years before. Some of the story is told through the though
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Nov 29, 2011 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chritians, Adults,Teens, Junior High Readers, Young Adults
Recommended to Meagan by: Blogging for Books
By Serita Jakes

Ten years have passed since BJ Remington was murdered on a school bus full of high school athletes, but the repercussions of that day still haunt some.

Claudia Campbell is caught in a re-occurring nightmare from that day. The nightmares began to affect Claudia’s daily life two years ago when she miscarried. Claudia is driving her family into financial ruin with her constant spending. Claudia’s husband Vic is determined to save both Claudia and their marriage from the q
Jan 18, 2012 Pilar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Pilar by: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers
The Crossing by Serita Jakes is an intriguing and captivating story from the minute you start reading it. I happen to love novels which are fast paced. This book does not disappoint.

However, it isn't a light hearted book. The premise is about teacher and cheer leading coach by the name of B.J. Remington who was shot and murdered on a bus after a football game. Unfortunately, the murder wasn't solved. So her close friend's husband (an ADA) decided to reopen the case after a decade to bring closur
I was chosen to receive this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank You!

I would really like to give this book a 3.5-star rating. I am on the fence as to whether or not it should be a 3-star or a 4-star book.

I am not sure how I feel about the author switching between the different voices of the characters. In fact, the book I read previously received a 2-star rating for the same thing. However, Ms. Jakes delivery of the multiple voices was mostly limited to the present. With her book
The Crossing by Serita Jakes

Ten years ago, Claudia Campbell and Casio Hightower were on a school bus on the way home from a high school football game. That night, on that bus, they saw the school's cheerleading coach, B J Remington, shot and killed. Their lives went on but not without nightmares and serious personal problems as a result of the tragedy they witnessed.

Now, ten years later, Claudia is married to an assistant district attorney, Casio is a police officer, and the mystery of who kill
10 years ago, Claudia, daughter of a prominent pastor, witnessed the murder of her best friend and teacher,BJ, on a bus full of high school students after a football game. She had gone on with her life until she suffered a miscarriage two years ago and is now suffering panic attacks related to the murder. Her husband, an assitant District Attorney re-opens the 10 year old case when new evidence is brought to his attention. We follow the struggles of Claudia, and Casio, who had been a football pl ...more
Kelli Guilbeau
The Crossing: A Novel by Serita Jakes is a Christian work of fiction that took me totally by surprise. I like many Christian books, but many are pretty bland and aren't real page turners. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down.

A former cheerleader, Claudia, and former quarterback, Casio, are still dealing with the after effects of a shooting on a bus stopped at a railroad crossing 10 years ago where the bus driver and cheer leading coach, B.J. are killed. Claudia was best friends with
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