Hairpin Bridge, a review by Sherry

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Hairpin Bridge
Taylor Adams

352 pages
William Morrow
Published June 15, 2021

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I’m reviewing another highly anticipated summer book. This time it’s Hairpin Bridge. I wasn’t a huge fan of No Exit due to the gory details, but again, I was intrigued by the description.

Lena’s twin sister Cambry committed suicide by jumping off of Hairpin Bridge, better known as the suicide bridge. Or so Lena is told, but she can’t believe her twin would do this. She arranges to have the officer that found her sister show her the spot.

The story unfolds in a unique way. You see Lena’s story in real time with chapters of Cambry’s story leading up to her death. Some of Lena’s story is told from journal entries she wrote the night before meeting the officer. In a few rare instances you are even treated to some snippets of thought from the officer.

Right from the start I was wanting more. I felt the tension with Cambry and sympathized with Lena. I was on the edge of my seat. But the longer the story went on, the less I connected with Lena and thought the pace really slowed down. I can say that while the writing shows the same grit that No Exit did, the story is less gory. I appreciated that. I’m the type that would rather not read every gruesome detail.

I’m not sure if the author intended twists or they were just revelations, but I figured out most, but not all of them. While this book won’t make my top books of the summer, I don’t regret reading it . If you liked No Exit, I think you’ll like this one too.





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