Friday, October 9, 2015

Review for Crossings by Ashley Capes

   When I see a book with a kangaroo on the front cover, unless it looks like a zombie kangaroo, it doesn't normally strike me as threatening.  But this book is quite the opposite.  And it is all about kangaroos, so in a way, the cover is quite fitting.  The main character, Lisa, seems to continually have a run of bad luck in the story.  Her dad's mind is starting to go in and out, her ex shows up, and dead things start showing up on her doorstep and in her yard.  Strange things are happening in the area Lisa lives in and one of them is the sudden appearance of a solid white kangaroo.  But she only brings more bad news.  Before long, murder is added to the equation and Lisa is one of the main suspects due to circumstances.
   I can't really go further without giving away too much.  However, this book does leave you with some questions.  So you have to ask yourself whether it's better to leave a book with a bit of mystery or to completely tie up the ending nice and tidy without loose ends.  In a series, you might want to leave things a little open like that.  But some people prefer no loose ends in a stand-alone.  I think that leaving a little mystery gives you something to ponder on afterwards.  It certainly has for me.  And the angry kangaroo in the book left me questioning just how sweet and cuddly those animals are.


Something red lay in a heap on her doorstep. She crept closer, wrinkling her nose as the buzz of flies led her to a pile of animal entrails. Slick with blood, like mangled tubes from bike tyres, they stained the concrete.

Deep in the Australian bush, wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas must uncover the truth behind a giant white kangaroo and the strange deaths connected to it, while dealing with the return of her abusive ex, Ben, whose rage is quickly growing out of control.


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