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Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The novelist Beverly Lowry was mourning her son’s death in a hit-and-run accident when she came across a newspaper story about Karla Faye Tucker, the infamous Houston murderer who was then on death row. The article captured Tucker’s innocent beauty, the stunning brutality of her crimes — committed with a pickaxe — and the stories of her spiritual awakening on death row. St ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Vintage (first published 1992)
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mark monday
a grieving mother, her son slain in a hit-and-run; a wounded woman and killer, on death row. two minds breaking, two stories of the end of life, two stories finding each other and merging. one mother learning to live again, three people dead forever, one woman destined to die - yet finding life before death. grief creates strange blood-spattered and tear-laced connections through jail bars and across the chasms of class and experience. the fluidity of victim and victimizer... lives cross over... ...more
Kris
3 STARS

"The novelist Beverly Lowry was mourning her son’s death in a hit-and-run accident when she came across a newspaper story about Karla Faye Tucker, the infamous Houston murderer who was then on death row. The article captured Tucker’s innocent beauty, the stunning brutality of her crimes — committed with a pickaxe — and the stories of her spiritual awakening on death row. Struck by these apparent contradictions, Lowry found herself inexplicably drawn to Tucker, who some ten years later wou
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Jared Gillins
Bev wrote a gripping and very personal account of the life of Karla Faye Tucker and her own friendship with her. I would recommend this to anyone, with the caveat that the reader be aware that the murders Tucker was convicted for were grisly and horrible. Lowry does not spare any details, and parts were very hard to read. But an excellent book overall.




[I put Language in Thought and Action on hold so I could read this first. I'm hoping that Bev's personal struggle to make sense of Tucker will hel
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Christine Granados
I didn't sympathize with Carla Faye as much as the author tried to get me to. I may be hardened to sad sack childhood stories. While interesting, Faye's was no different than others. Instead, I wanted to read more about the author's tragic story of the death of her son.
Sue
Looks like the author fell in love with this ax murderer. Obssessed, disgustingly so.

The words Karla or Karla Faye Tucker appear on every single page of the book. Come on! Every page? Between one to ten times. That is just awful.
Sean
4 stars because it was written so tenderly that I had no choice but to go along for the whole story, regardless of how I felt about Karla Faye. A truly honest book
Christa
Very good read - was not sappy or preachy and the author's own story is an interesting saga as well.
Art Taylor
Rereading this one for class, and continue to find it fascinating!
J
Disturbing in some aspects and enlightening in others.
Sara
Crime doesn't pay.
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