This is another book that will not follow where you think you are going to be lead. I had a preconceived notion of what kind of book that this would be and I was so totally wrong and so will you be if you don't take the time to really read it. Even my friend, Lynette, thought the book was about something totally different and she was surprised that she really liked this book and so will you. Here is an exerpt and then I put my two cents worth in! Also, you can read the First Chapter by following the link.
On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fire on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach BJ 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 district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.
Officer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed. A star quarterback with a promising future, Casio was on top of the world -- until one bullet changed everything. He is eager to help Victor Campbell find BJ's killer, the man who shot him. Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he loves.
As the Campbells and Casio teeter on the brink of losing everything, will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross?
BJ Remington was killed as the school bus stopped at the railroad tracks. She was shot 4 times and died on the bus. Assistant Coach Hank Montrose was also shot as was Casio Hightower in the arm trying to stop the killer. Claudia was also on that bus but was not injured. Years later, both her and Casio cannot get past that night, they both have flashbacks, and this leads to stress on both of them. Casio takes out his frustrations on his girlfriend, Harper by beating her up.
Casio's father, Gabe Hightower, was a cop at the time of the murder and since has become a drunk and is dying with cancer. Victor Campbell is an Assistant D.A. who is intent on opening the case that was never solved. This decision brings back all the trauma that his wife, Claudia felt at the time. She asks him to not open it but Victor knows if it is never solved, she will never get over it.
Meanwhile, Victor finds out that B.J. Remington was 10 weeks pregnant when she was shot and killed. So, now they have the reason why but not a who? The principal at the time was a man named Newman and he was madly in love with B.J. but Victor did not believe that the principal could have killed anyone.
It is Casio who begins to remember things and starts to put the pieces together. He remembers that as B.J. was dying, his father, Gabe Hightower, a cop, was holding her. Casio confronts his father and he finally confesses, that yes it was his baby. But who killed her?
Meanwhile, Casio is so distraught that after a severe beating of his girlfriend, he finds out she was pregnant and that the beating caused her to lose the baby. Casio suddenly goes crazy and starts asking questions about why she did not tell him and was she going to come home with him. The answers to those two questions set in motion a series of tragedies that could have been avoided if the true killer had been found all those years ago. The stress and trauma of the last 10 years finally took a higher toll than anyone could imagine and some of them could not get pass that.
It is a very sad story in lots of ways but in the end, some of them will come out on the brighter side of life and love while on the flip side, it will be the end of another set of innocent people, who really had no chance at all of surviving. It is also a testament to the fact that things never stay buried forever and that the truth always does come out in the end.
Some people never learn that lesson and still try to beat the odds but I am a firm believer in telling the truth, whether it is something you want to hear or not, I don't intend to keep vital information hushed up. I have learned the hard way that if you don't communicate and talk things out, in the end, you most definitely will lose. It has happened time after time with those around me and those who I read or see on the T.V. Whether you have money or not, it doesn't matter. Somehow, the world finds a way to balance the scales and I for one, will never be on the bad side of a lie.
You will love this book if for nothing else for the turn of events that it takes and where it weaves you to the conclusion of who the guilty party was and why some people think that just because a woman gets pregnant does not mean it is the end of the world, it is actually the beginning if you so choose to think that way. All the lies you have to remember to keep them straight are not worth the price that you or the ones you claim to love will pay once the real truth comes out, and make no mistake, in my years of being alive, I pretty much have found out every single lie that has been told to me. I just choose not to tell the liar that I know. I am kinda wicked that way, because I love to watch them heap lie upon lie, while I sit back and laugh it all off. After all, I don't have anything to hide!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The picture of the book was taken by me and the cranky old camera! "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."