Monday, March 22, 2010

Review - The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne on Kindle

Summary from Teri Coyne's website
For ten years, Alexandra Rucker has been on the run from her past. With a bottomless flask of bourbon and a series of meaningless jobs, Alex is struggling to forget her Ohio hometown and the rural farmhouse she once called home. But a sudden call from an old neighbor brings it all rushing back; her mother is dead. Alex is forced to return to the home and family she never intended to see again.

What Alex finds at the old farmhouse is disturbing and confusing: A suicide note, written on lilac stationary and neatly sealed in a Ziploc bag that reads "Alex, He's not who you think he is. Mom xxxooo"

One note, ten words–one for every year Alex has been gone–will completely turn her world upside down. Seeking to unravel the mystery of her mother's death, Alex must confront her past to discover who "he" might be: her tyrannical, abusive father, now in a coma after suffering a stroke just before the suicide? Her brother Jared, named after her mother's true love (who is also her father's best friend)? The town coroner, Andrew Reilly, who seems to have known her mother long before she landed on a slab in his morgue? Or Addison Watkins, Alex's first and only love?

The closer Alex gets to the truth, the harder it is for her to repress the memory and the impact of the events that sent her away so many years ago.
My review

I give this a 4 1/2 Great to the last drop
All the notes I took are in the summary from Teri's website. This is another book I wished I had kept the link from the blogger I took this recommendation from. I rememeber reading the review and saying I have to read this. I read this one for my Thriller and Suspense Challenge.
I didn't give it a 5 only because I don't think I will read it again but I did love it.
If you enjoy reading stories about families, damaged familes with a dark edge you would enjoy this. Many talk about how children act out, this is a story about how adults act out or cover up there hurt. Alex ran away from home and you couldn't blame her, a father who abused her, a mother who didn't know how to love herself so how could she show love for her children. I truly enjoy books that make me emotional, this one made me shed a tear or two.
I loved the style of writing and every other chapter was Alex in present day around her mothers funeral and then the next ten years earlier when she left. It was a perfect bland of how Alex saw her life, this added to the enjoyment of the story.
This was the opening sentence - Two days after my father had a massive stoke my mother shot herself in the head.....

Great from the start, and as I said Great to the last drop.
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  1. I love thrillers so I need to read this one soon. It sounds fantastic!

  2. Oh, this sounds compelling. And emotional, like you said. I enjoy thrillers so I'm sure I'd like this. Great review!

    from Une Parole

  3. This sounds so intriguing with that note she finds!! I gotta read this one!

  4. Great review...I also loved this book and will probably read it again also.

  5. Fantastic review! I don't read much suspense anymore but this sounds like one I would really like. Great opening sentence. The kind that just sucks you right into the story.

  6. Just based on the first sentence I'm in! Great review!

  7. This book sounds great!! I love thrillers and the synopsis and your review of this book makes me want to read this soon!


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