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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In late December 2004, a tsunami hit the small, crescent-shaped island of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand. The ocean claimed approximately ⅓ of the locals and tourists that were present on the island that day. It was a moment in history that soon faded from memory, but John Shors has immortalized it in his 5th novel, Cross Currents.

Cross Currents introduces readers to a small cast of unforgettable and lovable characters, which include: Lek and Sarai, the struggling resort owners of Rainbow Resort, their three children, and Sarai’s mother, Yai; Patch, an American who is wanted by the Thailand police; and Patch’s brother, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Brooke, who have come to the island to convince Patch to turn himself in.

Lek and Sarai treat Patch as if he is a member of their own family; Patch helps Lek, who has a bad hip, to fix and maintain the humble Rainbow Resort. Patch, though a criminal (wanted for buying drugs and assaulting a police official), is a sympathetic character who will keep readers turning pages rapidly to find out the resolution of his plight. I was drawn to each and every character that Shors crafted in this novel.

Prior to reading this novel, I was unfamiliar with John Shors’ novels. His vivid and breathtaking descriptions of both people and locations, heartfelt characters, and compelling story line and subplots have convinced me that I absolutely must read everything he wrote before this one, and everything that comes next.

Cross Currents is a novel that I feel everyone should read; you will become educated about a new way of life and through these characters, you will learn how people can surprise even those who know them best of all in unexpected ways. Even though I figured out well in advance how certain events would play out, I shed quite a few tears, so make sure you have tissues nearby.

Rating: 5/5

Check out our review of John Shors’ Dragon House

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Berkley/NAL. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.