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The Crossing: A Novel

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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,
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Pamela
"In life, love is complicated. Messy. Filled with jealousy and conditions. In the moments before death, it becomes clear what love was intended to be."

Riveting, dramatic, and compellingly suspenseful. Serita Jakes pulled me in immediately with a powerful, heart-stopping intro. Then as the story unfolded, she held my attention with many intertwining elements and characters, alternating narratives and chapters, uniquely compiled to pulsate like the ebb and flow of tides.

Devastating . . . Hopeful
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Courtney Edson
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cafelilybookreviews
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
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CJ
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(I received this book from WaterBrook Press free through Goodreads.com. 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
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Sharon
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Mike
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Melissa
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joan Arning
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an involved yet compelling tale! So many entanglements! The Crossing was an interesting story but I think I would have enjoyed it more if the events from ten years ago had been at the beginning rather than throughout the book. It took me a few chapters to figure out that the italics at the first of each chapter were from the past. Still I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others but be prepared for many complications!
S. LaRue
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down!

I remember when this book first came out, I didn't read it back then, but thank God I came across it again... I enjoyed the suspense and how BJ shared her experience of leaving this life and entering into the presence of the Lord. Outstanding!
Alaina
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good book not great A lot Of slow sections. Did love the end
Renn Shearin
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kelli Guilbeau
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Melissa
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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AbbyJoy
Dec 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not going to lie, the prologue and 2nd page of the first chapter kind of freaked me out a bit. I knew I, with my weak constitution, was probably doing the wrong thing when I picked this crime novel, and for a few pages into this book I kept asking myself what had gone wrong with my brain process when I decided to get this book over other ones I could have chosen that probably would have agreed with my stomach more. It actually surprised me--it wasn't very graphic (even the prologue and 2nd page ...more
Courtney
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Crossing by 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 (Ca
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Pilar
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chritians, Adults,Teens, Junior High Readers, Young Adults
Recommended to Meagan by: Blogging for Books
THE CROSSING
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
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TAMMY CUEVAS
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Patricia
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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Terry
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I figured out what had earlier been bothering me with this novel. I'm not into gory details, but I wanted a little more character development with the main characters, and a little more info on the shooting. The book opens with the shooting, which seems more of an outline than an actual telling of what happened during the shooting on the bus. It was like looking at a skeleton and wanting to see the rest of it - the filling if you will.
The next scene has Claudia the protagonist remembering a few
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Margaret
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the book cover:

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 fi re 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
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Elle
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Tammi
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Trinity Rose
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For ten years, Claudia Campbell has lived with the memories of her best friend dying in her arms. Claudia's husband, who just happens to be the assistant D.A., is tired of watching his wife hurting and decides that solving the murder might bring the closure that she needs to heal. In the meantime, Casio Hightower, Claudia's high school boyfriend, is having problems of his own that he blames on the trauma of that night. While it's obvious that there are deeper issues involved, Casio thinks wormin ...more
Nikole Hahn
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephanie
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Interesting story. The entire book centers around the murder of a cheerleading coach/teacher while a bus coming home from a football game is stuck waiting for a train to cross and the effects it has had on the people involved. The story jumps around to several different perspectives, from the teacher BJ as she is dying; Claudia, the student who was best friends with the teacher, now an adult and haunted by the day she watched BJ die; Victor, Cl
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Marianne
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY REVIEW
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,
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Riona
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
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