Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Series #1) by Staci Troilo #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreviews #suspense

Blood defines family. Blood reveals betrayal.

Dr. Royce Keller is no stranger to blood. As Chief of Emergency Medicine at Oakland Regional Hospital, it’s his job, his calling. To Royce, it is the very essence of life—what ties his family, his career, and his world together. Until he learns everything he believes is wrong.

Vanessa Keller has a secret she has kept hidden for almost two decades. It’s her burden, her cross to bear. To Vanessa, the truth is a choice—something best forgotten for the greater good of her family and their future. Until the day it comes back to haunt her. A tale of family dysfunction, betrayal, heroism, and loss, Type and Cross is the story of one family’s journey from devastation to redemption. – Goodreads.com

As a fan of medical shows and thrillers, the beginning of this book especially piqued my curiousity – but I’m not giving away spoilers.  By the time that mystery was solved, these characters had me completely caught up in their family dynamics and secrets.

At times with each character, I alternated between being on their side, then wanting to throttle them on the next page.  The author does 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 were 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 is a wonderful portrayal of how things aren’t always what they seem on the surface and secrets can have residual effects for years to come.  Highly recommend for fans of suspenseful family drama.

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14 thoughts on “Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Series #1) by Staci Troilo #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreviews #suspense

  1. An excellent review, Teri. I’ve read this entire series and enjoyed all three books. I remember how long the characters remained in my head after each, especially Type and Cross with the spectrum of emotions the author wrenched from her characters.

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