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Crossings by [Capes, Ashley]
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Length: 234 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Deep in the Australian bush, something dark is stirring.

When wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas finds a pile of animal entrails on her doorstep she immediately suspects her abusive ex, but the sudden spate of deaths that follow seem beyond even Ben's vindictiveness.
Worse, her father's health is deteriorating fast and when the harassment and deaths continue, it only fuels her feelings of powerlessness. To add confusion to growing fear, Lisa must also investigate reports of a giant white kangaroo, reports that suggest the creature is no mere hoax.
Yet the mysterious kangaroo is impossible to track down and the more Lisa searches the more she's sure an even greater threat lurks in the wilderness...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Close-Up Books; 1 edition (19 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Ashley Capes asked if I wanted to read another one of his books, I jumped at the chance. It's been a year since I've started reading his books, and to say that I'm obsessed with his work is a understatement.

Crossings is a story of a wildlife ranger, Lisa Thomas, and her journey to uncover the mysterious killings of wildlife animals right at her door step. And to top if off, a strange giant white kangaroo that she isn't sure if it's real or not.

Lisa deals with a lot of serious issues, from the return of her abusive ex, to her father suffering from amnesia. Nothing seems to be going smoothly for her, but instead of backing down in a corner she continues to fight on.
I enjoyed reading Ashley Capes take on these topics, not a lot of authors can do this and be good at it.

The great thing about Ashley Capes story telling is even though it has a fantasy element to it, it doesn't feel like it. It's not over the top or in your face. By doing this it becomes more realistic.

There are so many things thar I love about this book, but knowing me whatever I say I'm just going to be spoiling it for you. So do yourself a favour and pick this book up, you will not be dissapointed.
Crossings is dark, creepy and brilliant. Can not wait to read more of Ashley Capes.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

A new book, or novella as is the case here, from Ashley Capes is always a treat, so when he asked me to read and review his latest work, Crossings, I of course jumped at the opportunity: the core idea was as intriguing as the cover, portraying a kangaroo painted in flames - a sure indication that the author had based this story in his native Australia.

Lisa Thomas, the main character, is a woman leading a complicated life: she works at several jobs to make ends meet, also volunteering with a sort of ranger service taking care of wildlife. It’s in this activity that she first comes into contact with a series of uncanny events that will shape her immediate future and change her life: someone is killing wild animals, and in some cases leaving their dead bodies – or parts of them – on her doorstep.

As if this were not enough, Lisa’s abusive ex boyfriend is back in town with every intention of resuming the relationship, while her father’s health takes a downward plunge, with every indication he might suffer from Alzheimer.
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I'm really enjoying this author's work. The voice of the main character is strong and I felt connected to her. A page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Supernatural Read 17 October 2015
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Ashley Capes is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. His epic fantasy series 'The Bone Mask Trilogy' is among my favourite fantasy stories of all time (and he's just released the second book in the series — check it out now if you're a fantasy lover in search of a new author to follow). I've read pretty much everything he's published, and his most recent release didn't disappoint.

'Crossings' is difficult to categorise — it's probably most fitting in the paranormal genre. But essentially, I think I'd classify it as a supernatural mystery with a good dose of thrill.

The story takes place in small town, outback Australia, where eerie pale gums and messmate trees dominate the landscape. Lisa Thomas is our protagonist. On the face of it, she's an ordinary woman, a bit of a battler. She works as a cleaner, struggles with her ageing father suffering with increasing dementia, and volunteers as a wildlife rescue officer. And if all of that wasn't enough for us to feel sympathy for her, she soon learns that her abusive ex-fiancé, Ben is back in town, and for some reason he wants to talk to her.

As a main character, I found Lisa instantly likeable. While she is, on the surface, an 'ordinary' woman, Capes has done a brilliant job investing her with an extraordinary nature, especially with her affinity for animals. In her volunteer work as a wildlife rescue officer, she comes across dead animals (largely car victims) regularly. She keeps a packet of salt with her to conduct a little 'last rites' ritual that I found particularly endearing.

What makes the story a real page-turner from the very start is the mystery of the strange occurrence of animal corpses appearing without any explanation — many of them at Lisa's house. The suspense is the kind that keeps you from doing things you're supposed to be doing, as you just want to find out what the hell is going on — and that's when you know you're reading a good story.

The way supernatural elements are woven into the story is entirely credible and adds to the tantalising mystery. There is a subtle link to aboriginal dreamtime mythology, which adds an interesting layer to the events.

Of course, one of the trademarks of Capes' writing is his outstanding skill with imagery, and once again, the frequent poetic descriptions within the prose had me in awe of his writing style.

By the novel's end, all of the disparate and tense-filled threads in Lisa's life seem to converge into a dramatic and suspenseful ending that had me flicking the pages faster.

Any reader with a heartbeat will enjoy this story, and particularly those fans of paranormal, fantasy and mysteries.

** The review was first posted on my blog - **
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 12 April 2016
By Brenda Telford - Published on
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Volunteer wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas and her offsider Robert were once again called to pick up a dead kangaroo – it was a common occurrence but one Lisa was sad about. Her ritual of sprinkling salt over the dead animal’s body had been passed down through her family, with her father and grandfather also performing it. Everyone in the area expected it of Lisa…

When Lisa unexpectedly found dead animals on her front doorstep in the small Victorian town of Lidelson, she wondered if it was kids skylarking. But then people Lisa had known for years began to die – violently. The police were unable to work out what was happening; was it anything to do with the return to town of her violent ex, Ben? And with Lisa’s dad’s health deteriorating fast – she had no idea what was happening to her life…

The inexplicable appearance of a huge white kangaroo with a message for Lisa confused her even more. It was almost as if the kangaroo was warning her – but about what she had no idea. With the help of Gerry, the local policeman and Robert, Lisa tried to make sense of what was happening – but confusion deepened, danger threatened and strange things continued to occur. What was out there in the darkness of the Australian bush?

Crossings by Aussie author Ashley Capes is an intriguing tale of gripping and dark mystery, mixed with the paranormal and blended with the Dreamtime. I devoured it, reading from start to finish in a few hours. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommendable.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 2 October 2015
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Ashley Capes can jump genres and still suck you in to his story. I had a hard time putting it down. American English and Australian English have some translation issues. But that didn't take away from the story at all. And Ashley took the time to answer my questions about what had been lost in the translation. This is a must read. Ashley Capes is still one of my newest favorite authors.
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 24 October 2015
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I was drawn to this story because I love animals. It was an entertaining, fast read. I would definitely read other books by this author.
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I kept reading as Lisa was a good character and her friends who helped in the volunteer ... 25 June 2016
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I was given this book for an honest review. Set in Australia, it was a fascinating ,paranormal story about kangaroos, dead animals and a angry ex boyfriend. There was something about a dead kangaroo skull and a white kangaroo that was perhaps a vision but at times parts of it was found as if someone had made it. Then there was a red kangaroo that may have been Ben in disguise however at the end Lisa destroyed it but no mention of Ben's disappearance. What happened to him and does he reappear in another book? There were several murders that didn't have a reason for the killings. I kept reading as Lisa was a good character and her friends who helped in the volunteer work that she did when she wasn't cleaning houses or caring for her father were real. I didn't understand the fire at the end of the story. I would have liked an explanation for the animal corpses and entrails left at Lisa's house. If it was Ben then we need another novel to finish this one.