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Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As a reader, my primary interest is in speculative fiction, but I've long been a proponent of the dictum that reading outside one's routine choice of genre is important. Sometimes this can be a real drag, and you end up scratching your head, wondering how anyone could enjoy this stuff. Other times, you lose yourself in a new environment and wonder why you don't expand your horizons more often. Type and Cross provoked in me the latter reaction. This is the story of the Kellers, a family who by all appearances is chowing down on a big plate of the American dream with all the trimmings. The husband is a doctor. The wife does charity work. The three children--one of them the classic misfit teen--attend a prestigious private school. Their housekeeper/cook keeps their expensive digs clean and brews a mean cup of coffee. But when tragedy strikes, the veneer of well-adjusted happiness is peeled back in layers, and we get a good look at the inner workings of the Kellers--as a family and also as members of a community. Dysfunctions come to light. Past transgressions and new sins are trotted out for scrutiny. And it quickly becomes clear that the road to redemption for the Kellers is a rocky one. Part medical mystery, part family drama, part tragedy...Type and Cross is all of these, yet more than the sum of its parts. I think what drew me in most was that the novel looks at the inner workings of a realistically flawed marriage, and does so without descending into a bunch of psycho babble or yuppie angst. It would have been easy to depict Royce and Vanessa as insipid upper class stereotypes. It would have been equally easy to let the plot descend into a frenzy of back-stabbing dysfunction. Troilo manages to avoid both pitfalls, choosing instead to depict realistically flawed characters. They are living, breathing characters that could jump off the page and sit down in your living room. There are no heroes, no villains, just ordinary people doing their best to keep it together in extraordinary circumstances. And if any of that sounds like hyperbole, consider that I'm a guy way more likely to reach for Thomas Ligotti or Terry Pratchett than I am for John Updike or Richard Russo. How well written does a novel have to be for it to exist so far outside my comfort zone and still pull me along into its world? Troilo is a writer to keep your eye on. --Amazon Reviewer
Type and Cross grabbed me from the very beginning and didn't let go until the end. It starts in the middle of action: in the ER after a terrible accident. Things go from bad to worse for Dr. Keller, who doesn't start off very likable. I don't want to give anything away, but the shocking twist revealed at the beginning is just the start. I couldn't put it down for a variety of reasons. One, I just had to know what was going to happen next. I couldn't guess, and with so many surprises thrown in, it's impossible to figure out what's going to happen. Another is that the writing is so good. I just got lost in the story and everything that was going on. Another thing is that I kept waiting for the characters to respond....normally. In a lot of ways, Type and Cross reminded me of Gone Girl. So many of the characters were just plain crazy. Only the kids really responded to the tragedy like I would expect anyone to. The in-laws, they were beyond nuts. All of them. I was so glad when they finally high-tailed it out of there. The characters also kept me on my toes. Just when I thought all hope was lost for them redeeming themselves, they would turn around. But then something would happen to send them back to crazy-ville. (For the record, I loved it. It made the book even more difficult to put down.) Again, I don't want to give anything away, but I really liked the ending. It was very much NOT like Gone Girl, unlike so much of the rest of the book. Type and Cross left me feeling like everything had been wrapped up, and I was pleased with the way the characters developed and the surprising turns and twists at the end. If you're looking for a good read that's hard to put down and has a good ending, you should give this a try. --Amazon Reviewer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00RM4VFN8
- Publisher : Foyle Press; 1st edition (December 29, 2014)
- Publication date : December 29, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1787 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 499 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,784 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At times with each character, I alternated between being on their side, then wanting to throttle them on the next page. The author did an exceptional job of creating realistic, flawed characters, and Royce and Vanessa's range of emotions after tragically losing their daughter are heartbreaking and genuine. Once the secrets are uncovered, I appreciated the fact that Royce and Vanessa's troubled marriage didn't undergo a quick fix with a fairy tale resolution.
This story wonderfully portrays that things aren't always what they seem on the surface and some secrets can have residual effects for years to come. Highly recommend for fans of suspenseful family drama.
This exceptional story takes the Keller family on a journey from grievous tragedy through redemption and healing. The reader experiences a rollercoaster of emotion through the eyes of the characters.
Dr. Royce Keller is Chief of Emergency Medicine, accomplished, well-respected, but growing every more distance from his family without realizing it. The Kellers—Royce, his wife Vanessa and their children--all exist in a world of detached perfection filled with charity events, prep schools, and social accolades.
When daughter Hope is in a traffic accident and arrives in Royce’s ER, that perfect world is about to shatter. The author does a masterful job of exploring human nature in the face of devastating tragedy. Secrets, betrayals and lies all come tumbling out, eroding the foundation of what appeared to be a perfect family.
Despite their flaws, Staci Troilo made me care about these characters and kept me anxiously turning the pages until I learned their outcome. Troilo wrung emotion after emotion from them—and me! Truly superb. I eagerly look forward to book 2, Out and About, and the continuing saga of the Kellers and Cathedral Lake.
Royce and Vanessa are well drawn, and I was completely immersed in this story. The author does a wonderful job with human emotions, flawed characters, and a realistic resolution.
I wanted to read this one for a while, and it isn't my usual fare. I will seek out works by this author again, she is a master storyteller