Spectral Crossings is a creative spark, fleshed out in to a full (albeit short) novel. McBride creates history from a scene half a life time ago, of a scene which features an abhorrent creature, snatching a loved one. Or was it just a childhood memory, a visage in the fear, swamp and rain? The story spends little time brooding about the possibilities and quickly ramps up the action in the present as bodies are discovered at a building site, bodies that might be linked to disappearances of yesteryear. It might sound like a crime novel, however the reality is that this is a fast paced shocker focussing on a fresh approach to a supernatural setting. The characters are rather flat and the narrative style can be unrewarding at times however the plot is interesting enough to keep the pages moving. In it's favour is the length of the book, any longer and it would have become a chore with too little flesh for the bones. Not as engaging as the God's End trilogy, however horror fans should enjoy the interesting spin which occurs some way in.