Crossing is the début novel from Andrew Xia Fukuda, and is being published by AmazonEncore, the newish publishing arm of the internet giant. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous having never heard of them and that their version of a vanity press, however it clearly isn’t and a comment or two on the author’s blog about the editing process, convinced me to give the book a go, and I’m really glad I did!
Chinese-born Xing (pronounced “Shing”) is a bit of a loner, one of only two Chinese students in his high school, Xing finds it hard to be part of any group at school, and only has one friend Naomi Lee.
Isolated at school and rarely ever seeing his hard-working mother at home, we are pre-disposed to feel sorry for him, especially as we learn that, even Naomi, is moving on in her own life, when she first arrived in the US she was totally unable to communicate in English, and Xing was assigned to help her, despite the fact they are still friends, Naomi has developed in to a popular, beautiful and brilliantly intelligent girl, destined for big things.
And then the murders start happening…
Eventually, the inevitable happens, and fingers start getting pointed at the quiet ‘outsider’. It’s more of an undercurrent than an obvious thing, but it really cranks up the tension, as events start to close in on Xing.
The students at school though, are not aware, of an amazing talent, Xing has kept hidden since he first arrived in the county.
There’s a point in the story however, when you begin to wonder just how trustworthy Xing’s narration is… a few bits and pieces just don’t ring quite right and Xing’s talent is just a little too perfect, and then there’s a breathtaking ending that will make you question your thoughts on everything you have read in the previous pages …
An exceedingly well written tale that will keep you thinking long after you turn the last page.
Disclaimer: ARC was sent to me by the author for review purposes.