One of the more interesting books I read in the past year was Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda. It was a recommendation from Amazon based on books I have read in the past & I was pleasantly surprised. This novel was a finalist for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. For those of you who follow me regularly you know this is something I’m hoping to participate in soon.
A loner in his all-white high school, Chinese-born Xing (pronounced “Shing”) is a wallflower longing for acceptance. His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee. Xing’s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples through the blue collar community in which he lives. Amidst the chaos surrounding him, only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, takes notice of some peculiar sightings around town. He begins to investigate with the hope that if he can help put an end to the disappearances, he will finally win the acceptance for which he has longed. However, as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck. While Xing races to solve the mystery and clear his name, Crossing hurtles readers towards a chilling climax.
The thing that makes this novel stand out is the main character is telling the story & I found myself on several occasions questioning the sanity of the character, and wondering what (if anything) was being left out. Amazon puts it best when they say:
Xing (the main character) stays one step ahead of the reader, the truth of his world kept just out of reach.
I would recommend everyone checking it out. You can get the e-book version for just under $5, or if you have Amazon Prime you can borrow it for FREE with the Amazon Lending Program. Let me know if you read it as I’d like to know what you think!!
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