Seychelle's life takes a turn when her tug intercepts a swamped fishing boat in the Gulf Stream. Inside the boat is a little girl in a bloodied white dress. When Seychelle returns to shore with the traumatized Haitian girl, she is faced with the border patrol, the police, and an unraveling love affair. Determined to protect the child, and somehow keep her from being sent back to Haiti, Seychelle becomes obsessed with the forces that nearly killed the girl - and left her speechless with terror. All Seychelle knows for sure is that the girl's father was an American...and that somehow she slipped through a murderer's hands.
With a murderer stalking the child, Seychelle is racing to unravel dangerous truths. But to get the answers she needs, she must return to the waters of the Gulf Stream, where people died for a hope and prayer - and a man with a machete did the work of the devil himself.
Taut, suspenseful, and filled with remarkable descriptions of Florida's many moods and guises - from million-dollar waterfront homes to haunted, backwater mangrove swamps and secret Voodoo rituals - Cross Current is alive with personalities and passion and the work of an author boldly staking out territory all her own.
"Exciting... Kling is an author who bears watching. She clearly knows how to add texture and color to her narrative... Cross Current is a keeper." (The Tampa Tribune)
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From the first chapter, Cross Currents captured my attention and gave me a "down memory lane" sail. I dropped my things to do list and devoured each page and minute detail.
A story that will draw you in ...
One of the best. Ms. Benson's narration kept me in the story and I was wanting to see what happened next.
Yes, I was wondering what would happen next to Seychelle and especially Solange.
The emotion that Ms. Benson brings to the story was amazing. I also enjoyed the Creole in the book. She made it sound real and not just a stereotype. I was wanting the story to go on.
Yes, I was worried for Seychelle after leaving the Bimini Islands.
Seychelle Sullivan is a tug boat captain. While on a job to tow in a stranded boat, she comes across a small dingy afloat in the ocean. In the dingy is a small child and a dead woman. Seychelle is determined not to let the girl be sent back to Haiti. This is a face paced, suspenseful thriller with a light touch of romance thrown in.
I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy a good solid mystery/thriller. I will definitely listen to more of both Ms. King's and Ms. Benson's work.
- Elizabeth L.