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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  243 reviews
How far would you go to bring back someone you love?

When Chris's son dies in a tragic car crash, her world is devastated. The walls of grief close in on Chris's life until, one day, a small cut on her finger changes everything.

A drop of blood falls from Chris's hand onto her son's roadside memorial and, later that night, Chris thinks she sees his ghost outside her window
Paperback, 110 pages
Published August 10th 2020 by Off Limits Press
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Sadie Hartmann
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scream-mag
This review originally appeared in SCREAM MAG issue (Gotta look it up/sometime in 2020)
If you were to poll fifty random people and ask them what their greatest fear is right now, I would bet pretty good money that more than half would answer, “Something bad happening to a loved one.” So if this is the case, shouldn’t the Horror genre reflect one of our greatest fears? It seems like the subject of grief and loss is either something authors struggle with writing or readers steer clear of it. Emoti
Andrew Fowlow
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chris is a woman haunted by the memory of her late son Trey. Her life quickly fell apart after finding him dead at the sight of a tragic car accident. Now, she spends her time isolated and alone except for her trips to the memorial site where she found her sons lifeless body and the visits her imagination conjures of Trey. But what if there was a way to see him for real? Blood has a way of calling to dark things that have the ability to grant your deepest desires only, blood isn't always enough. ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
The first time Chris buried a part of herself by her son's roadside cross, it was an accident.

Sometimes, horror is about jump scares, blood and viscera, torture, agony. Sometimes, it's about unsettling legends, looming creatures in the night, vicious entities out for revenge. And sometimes, as in Crossroads, it's about making you come face to face with the most nightmarish, suffocating outcome you could possibly imagine — and the realization that, if forced to trade places with that protagon
Well Read Beard
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I hate this book. I hate this book and I love this book. If you read it, you will know what I mean. The love/hate thing will make sense. I love this book because I am a Laurel Hightower fan. I was a fan at Whispers. That was enough, I was a fan that would read anything else that she chose to write. Then there is Kentucky, gotta support writers in my home state. Fandom level up. Then she asked me to beta read this novella back in April ( the first author to ever give me that opportunity ) Fandom ...more
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grief, loss, own, 2021
A Crossroads. It's always the point of decision. Which path to be taken? Maybe you already know, because you've been there before. Maybe you haven't, and the choice is an unknown. Further still, maybe you know the path you'll choose is the wrong one, but you choose it anyway...for love.

Early into this story, The Monkey's Paw came to my mind, and the lengths one might travel to see their child. But Robert Johnson's song Crossroads is more true to this plot, and was actually mentioned by Chris, th
Bursting with grief that is almost palpable, this book is about our journey with Chris through the recent loss of her son.

Losing a child is something unfathomable to my mind. If I even try to think about it, my mind sort of skitters away. I don't want to face something that bad, even if it is only in my imagination. But Chris, the main character in Crossroads, lives with it for every minute of every day. Then, the seed of a possibility, the merest breath of a thought that maybe, just maybe, she
Jeremy Hepler
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crossroads is a beautifully written, honest, emotional, heartbreaking tale of sacrifice and loss with the perfect touch of supernatural elements. My heart ached for Chris as I followed her journey through the relentless pain and despair she suffered due to the death of her son, Trey. As a parent, I totally identified with her unhealthy desire to do anything and everything to be with him once again.

In general, Hightower's writing is crisp, easy to slip into, and impossible to pull away from. And
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down once I finally allowed myself time to invest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved every character. The grief is well expressed, the dialogue genuine, and I particularly appreciate how the dead boy (Trey) is not without flaws--a fairly ungrateful, selfish teen. This helped shine a light on the core of the story: A parents unconditional love.

I also really liked the boyfriend (Dan) and how he was portrayed--a man Hightower built who isn't there to "fix things" but to list
Edward Lorn
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CROSSROADS is a devastating novella. You're going to hear that a lot as more and more reviews come in, so that's all I'll say about that particular topic. Where I want to focus this review is on some of the key points of the writing that stood out to me, and a personal story from my own life. I'll try my best to stay away from spoilers and remain as vague as possible, but if you're the kind of person who likes to go into a book blind (first, why are you reading reviews on Goodreads, ya goof?), I ...more

This book gives you all the feelz! This short novella has so much emotion packed in to it. I knew it was going to be intense because I had seen a few reviews for it but man! It's really emotional and I don't even have kids! The writing is beautiful. The story is so heart breaking. The characters are realistic and I liked all of them. This is the first thing I've read by Ms. Hightower. I hope to read a lot more from her and to see what she does next.
This book was read by Linda Jones. She do
Laurie  |  LOHF
What’s there to say about this book that hasn’t already been said hundreds of times over by people far more eloquent than myself? I guess I can say that the thought of reading it scared me because when so many people promise a heart-crushing read my expectations sometimes ruin the experience for me. I was more worried about being let down than I was about any of the content I might find inside the book. And there’s some heavy stuff in this book. If you’re feeling low you might want to save this ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, horror
4.0 Stars
This was such an immersive novella that explored how grief fuels obsession. While I have (thankfully) never experienced the horror of parent grief, I still found myself identifying and sympathizing deeply with the main character. The portrayal of her emotions just felt very realistic as she spiraled downward. The premise novella reminded me of Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie, because both stories involve parents bleeding for their children. However, Crossroads was so much better. 

Cassie Daley
One of my absolute favorite things about the horror genre is how wide the range is in potential subject matter, both in terms of overall theme as well as the emotional impact that the creator is trying to have on their audience. From blood-coated slashers with little real emotional connection (but a lot of gore-soaked fun!) to achingly sad ghost stories that make you hurt inside, there’s something for everyone in horror and that’s a very beautiful thing.

I love everything the genre has to offer,
Richard Martin
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Crossroads was my first experience reading Laurel Hightower’s work and, in 126 pages of gut-wrenching prose, she has marked herself firmly as a must-read author for me going forward.

Chris is a mother in grieving. Her son, Trey, died violently in a tragic car accident almost two years ago and, since then, her loss has all but defined her life. Living alone after splitting with her husband, she has taken to revisiting the site of the accident on a daily basis, it being the place she feels most con
Hunter Shea
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most devastating, heartbreaking stories I've ever read. Laurel Hightower just moved to the head of the horror genre line with Crossroads. An expertly crafted foray into a mother's undying love, grief and loss. Just superb. ...more
Steve Stred
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Oh, what might have been.

With Laurel’s debut novel ‘Whispers in the Dark‘ arriving in December 2018, many have expressed that if it had been released earlier in the year, it would’ve been a contender for a Stoker Award for Best Debut. ‘Whispers…‘ is a stunning read, and I’m in that category of folks who believe the statement about release timing, but this isn’t to open my review on a negative. No, it’s to highlight how talented Hightower is.

Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 9.0/10

Thanks to the Fireside Horror, the narrator, and the author for an advance listening copy of Crossroads. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

Crossroads is a heartstring puller of a novella; one that will have you mopping up your emotions long after the last page is turned.

I’d been hearing amazing things about Crossroads from the horror community, but just hadn’t had the time or, honestly, the emotional occupancy to get through this 110 page novella. I read the synopsis,
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought there was no way this novella could live up to the hype. Laurel Hightower is a name I’ve heard a lot in the last year or so, but somehow I still haven’t read her debut novel (say sorry!) I will remedy that soon, though.

Crossroads is an in-depth exploration of a mother’s grief after losing her son in a car wreck. Hightower looks at grief honestly, head-on, and because of that this story never lets up—instead, it only gets heavier and heavier. And the reader is helpless to look away (or
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Review to follow soon...
Shane Douglas Douglas
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kind of shocked I haven't rated and reviewed this one yet, and I will be doing much more extensive coverage of it in the next week, but don't sleep on this. If you haven't preordered it, do that now. Out of all the 2020 releases I've read so far this year, this is one of my top two. There aren't enough gold stars in the universe to express how much I love this book. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crossroads is the second book I've read by Laurel Hightower, and she tells such good horror stories. Crossroads is a grief horror novella, and I think fans of books like Remains by Andrew Cull, Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie, and Grief is a False God by Gemma Amor should definitely pick this up.

This book has a lot of heavy content packed in, and I kind of wish I would have been in a better mindset to read it. It's good, but it's just very bleak, and I have to be in the mood for bleak. Cro
J. Maddux
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been around for quite a few months now, but I admit, I was afraid to read it. I gathered from the reviews I read and some of the video reviews I watched the main plot line to the story. I didn’t think this was something I wanted to read for pleasure. I’m a father of 2, and I can’t imagine, I can’t fathom the thought of losing a child. I just knew this book would take my feelings to a place I did not want them to go.

I had to find out for myself. I had to man up, and dive in. Damn t
Giving CROSSROADS, by Laurel Hightower anything less than 5 full stars would be unfathomable to me right now. Chris, a mother who lost her only son to a car accident, one day thinks she "sees" him standing outside in the night.

Her grief all throughout is so raw and emotional, that--as a mother--I couldn't help but feel immediately sucked into the story itself, wondering just what I would do in her place.

No spoilers here, for this is a novella you HAVE to read for yourselves. The words are so po
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written with care and heart-aching honesty, Laurel Hightower’s CROSSROADS explores a well of love and grief so deep there is no bottom. How far would you go to save your child? Laurel Hightower knows, and she shares it here one drop at a time.
Beverley Lee
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If people ever tell you that a story cannot be delivered magnificently in 110 pages, point them to this book!

Crossroads is a grief-packed, emotionally-charged story of Chris and what happens after the death of her son, Trey, in a car accident. Chris finds solace at the place he died, and one day something happens that sets the wheels in motion, catapulting the reader into a world where every action has a consequence.

The author doesn't shy away from delving deeply into her character's psyche, and
Red Lace Reviews
Chris mourns at her son’s roadside memorial every day, imaging what it would be like to speak to Trey one more time. As if her wish has been granted, she glimpses him outside her window at night, yet it’s not enough. A miracle demands sacrifice, and Chris is ready to do anything, even if it’s offering pieces of herself, to have her only child back in her life.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I don’t like to have expectations for fear of disappointment, but I couldn’t help but know
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If ever it was possible for a book to bleed directly onto the written page Laurel Hightower's brutal novella is the work to do it. This powerful story quite literally oozes a level of pain and grief you will rarely see on a page and, amazingly, accomplishes it in under 100-pages.

To say too much of the plot would be spoilery - but briefly, the action begins around two years after the death of Chris's only child, who was killed in a horrific car crash whilst in his early twenties. Chris has not de
Michael Hicks
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even as a horror writer, there are few things I'm more afraid to imagine than the death of my own children. Growing up, I was the kind of guy who always vehemently swore he'd never have kids, but now as the father of two toddlers it's difficult to picture a life without my boys, their goofy antics, and the surprising displays of love and affection they show for my wife and me. I can't imagine losing them, and I can't imagine the lengths I would go to, if it were even possible, to bring them back ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, lohf, kindle-books
I will say that I went into CROSSROADS with a lot of expectations. But what does that mean? I barely read the summary and I tried my best to avoid reviews/skim reviews. Why? Because all I knew is that everyone was devastated by this book. Group chats and DMs were full of "My hearttttt" and "omg. devastated." type messages. I did not inquire too much as I really wanted to go in as fresh as I could.

Without giving anything away, I will say that everyone was right. I needed Kleenex. I needed bourbon
Sara Tantlinger
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I have to let this one stew in my brain for a bit, but Laurel Hightower is a heck of a writer. Her voice is clear and her craft is of such high quality.
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