Type and Cross

The Cathedral Lake Series Book 1

Fiction - Drama
498 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2015
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Author Biography

Staci Troilo is a multi-genre author who grew up knowing family is paramount. Because of those close-knit familial bonds, every day was full of love and laughter, food and fun. Life has taken her over one thousand miles away from her extended family, but those ties remain. And so do the traditions, which she now shares with her husband, son, and daughter… even her two dogs. And through her fiction, she shares the importance of relationships with the world. Mystery or suspense, romance or mainstream—in her stories, family is paramount.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! From page one, Type and Cross, the first book in The Cathedral Lake Series by author Staci Troilo pulled me in and kept me turning the pages. In this suspenseful and exciting drama, we meet the Keller family. The family, for the most part, appears to be living the classic American dream. The father is a respected emergency room physician, the wife has time to work for various charities that are close to her heart, their three children attend a prestigious private school, and they have a cook and housekeeper - that pretty much covers most of their basic wants. But when terrible tragedy hits and the family is affected, we learn there's much more under the surface, many secrets and dysfunctions that are brought to the surface. Will the family survive when the truth is known?

I loved this book. Loved. It. I'm not exactly sure what more I can say about it other than this is an absolutely fantastic book. Author Staci Troilo deftly weaves a tale that is so engaging, so exciting, so exhilarating, that you just won't want to put it down until you've read the whole thing. Type and Cross is a book that would be enjoyed by any reader who loves suspense, mysteries, or just a plain excellent work of fiction. This was the first book that I have read by author Staci Troilo, but it certainly won't be the last. As this is the first in a planned series of novels, I certainly hope that Ms. Troilo is hard at work on the next installment. I, for one, will be anxiously waiting for its release!


The Keller’s appear to be the perfect upper-class family—doctor husband, socialite wife, prep school children. But the illusion fades quickly when the family experiences a tragedy, and secrets and lies threaten to tear them apart.

Staci had me invested in the Keller’s life immediately. Building suspense, unleashing a range of emotions; arrogance, love, hate, anguish, and hopelessness, and showing how dysfunctional and flawed the family have become.

The Keller’s ability to survive and adapt after the tragedy keeps the reader engaged and pulling for a happy ending. This is a must read for everyone who appreciates a good family thriller.

Staci is working on a sequel, and I cannot wait until it comes out.