SHADY CROSS by James Hankins- Review & GiveawayShady Cross by James Hankins
Published by Amazon Publishing on February 24th 2015
Pages: 298
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
ARC provided by TLC Book Tours

AmazonB&NBook Depository

In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money--three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money they'll let you take me home."

From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

Reading time 3 mins

I really enjoyed this story. Shady Cross is a story about a crook named Stokes who finds himself at a crossroads. Hankins has created a story here about redemption. Stokes is the perfect character to pull this off and in need of redemption more then he realizes.

Stokes spent the whole morning in the police station being questioned about a burglary gone wrong, where the victim ends up in a coma. One the way home Stokes is in an accident he probably caused. Stokes finds the other driver dead in his car. As any shady person would, he searches the car and covers his tracks, not wanting to be connected to the accident. Stokes can’t believe his luck when he finds a whole backpack full of money in the car, $350K. This is just what he needs to get out of town. Everything is perfect until the phone in the backpack rings. The people on the other end are holding the 6 year daughter of the dead man for ransom, the ransom that now lies in Stokes hands.

It is a really bad day for Stokes to grow a conscience. His idea to run out of town with the money gets all messed up right away. The loan sharks find him and they won’t take no for an answer. Stokes is not an easy guy to root for and his credit is shot everywhere he turns for help, but his mission is pure. I really enjoyed his wit. This story takes place in the 12 hours following his accident and his introduction to wealth. The lengths he goes to reach his goal are so admirable. There were quite a few surprises as he tries to do the right thing. In this book we see that bad guys aren’t all bad and good people can be really evil. I really ended up feeling bad for Stokes. Everything goes wrong for him, but he presses on. The kidnappers in this book are no joke. They mean business and a few scenes make me squirm. Stokes faces his past and really shows his redeeming qualities.

I read this book in one sitting. It is 298 pages and I don’t regret a single moment of it. The books grabbed my attention right away and kept me hooked. This was a great ride with an ending I did not expect.

My Rating

About the Author

James Hankins has written stories his entire life. While attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he received the Chris Columbus Screenwriting Award. After career detours into screenwriting, health administration, and the law, Hankins recommitted himself to writing fiction. All four of his thrillers (SHADY CROSS, BROTHERS AND BONES, JACK OF SPADES, and DRAWN) spent time in the Kindle Top 100 and became Amazon #1 bestsellers, while BROTHERS received a coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named to their list of Best Books of 2013. He lives with his wife and twin sons just north of Boston.

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website


Enter to win a copy of Shady Cross by James Hankins (US/Canada)

Contest is open to US/Canadian, and ends March 27, 2015 at midnight EST. Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize.

Good Luck!

James Hankins TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, February 24th: Vic’s Media Room 
Wednesday, February 25th:  Book Dilettante
Thursday, February 26th: Bell, Book & Candle
Friday, February 27th: 5 Minutes for Books
Monday, March 2nd: You Can Read Me Anything
Wednesday, March 4th: Life is Story
Thursday, March 5th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Monday, March 9th: Daily Mayo
Tuesday, March 10th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, March 12th: Kissin Blue Karen
Monday, March 16th: FictionZeal
Wednesday, March 18th: Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, March 19th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, March 19th: Building Bookshelves
Monday, March 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, March 25th: Booksie’s Blog
Monday, March 30th: Brooke Blogs


I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

Subscribe to never miss a post!
Awesome People Share. Be Awesome...