Royce Keller prides himself on his abilities as a doctor. But when he makes an error in judgment in the ER, he loses his daughter and his career. When long-buried secrets reveal the real reasons behind his troubles, his family is jeopardized, as well. Vanessa Keller wants nothing more than a loving marriage and happy family. She has neither. And as her world implodes, she is forced to face her culpability and decide what she’s willing to do to right her wrongs. Is it too late to repair the damage years of lies and neglect have caused?
About the Author
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.
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The Keller’s have it all, or do they? They appear to be the perfect All American Family, but beneath the surface they have issues. Lies, secrets, and family tragedy threaten to tear them apart.
Staci Troilo pulled me in from page one. The characters were compelling, and the pace kept me turning the page. I couldn’t put it down. Her story telling captivated me and forced me to ask the question, what’s next?
Will the Keller’s get the happily ever after, or will their tragedy tear them apart? This is a must read for everyone who appreciates a good family thriller.
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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.