Author : Laurel Hightower
Published : August 10th, 2020 by Off Limits Press
This book has been on my shelf since last February, when my wife had gifted it to me for Valentines Day, and it finally made it’s way to the top of the TBR pile to kick off July. And wow, am I glad it did.
Look, this is a real short and quick read at just 110 pages, so I won’t spend too long breaking down the plot because you need to just read it for yourself.
The important thing to know is that this book takes a naturally horrifying situation, a parent losing a child tragically early, and really plays on that sorrow, that fear, and that misery to bring us down a path that explores just how far we would go as a parent to give our child another chance at life.
As a father to two wonderful kids, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat with them while they are sick or injured or just dealing with an emotional hurt, and wished with all my might that I could just take away their pain or illness so they didn’t have to suffer any longer. As a parent I would much rather it be me with the flu or an injury, than my kids. I think we’ve all been there.
Which is precisely what makes Crossroads hit so hard as we watch Chris descend further down her path to try to help her son Trey, who died in a tragic car accident a few years back when he was just 19 years old.
With a writing style that is straight to the point, yet emotional enough to cut to your core, there is a feeling of dread, of sorrow, and of complete understanding as Chris brings us through her story and her journey to reunite with Trey. While the book obviously deals with the paranormal, it’s not the true source of the horror in this book.
That unsettling sense of dread and tension come solely from feeling your heart simultaneously break for Chris in understanding of the pain she is dealing with after losing her son and now possibly being able to help him, while also crying out wanting to see her get help because she is missing the bigger picture and everything feels like a disastrous trap she’s hopelessly stuck in.
While I know that paints a pretty bleak picture of this book, and you certainly might need to be in the right mood to want to read something humanly dark like this, there are moments of real beauty within these pages as well.
Tender moments of hope between characters when we can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel, the path from which everything will be alright should Chris choose to follow it.
If you are a fan of horror, especially horror that comes not from the monsters in the dark but rather the monsters within each of us, I highly recommend you check out Crossroads by Laurel Hightower. It’s an emotional, impactful, read that does a beautiful job of building tension until the very end. Especially if you are a parent yourself as you can so easily picture yourself in Chris’s shoes as this story unfolds.
Crossroads by Laurel Hightower gets 5 out of 5 stars.
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