Title: Hairpin Bridge
Author: Taylor Adams
Published on: 15 June 2021
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin Cambry committed suicide by jumping off the Hairpin Bridge. The patrolman who saw her at the bottom of the bridge called it in, asking for assistance. Lena is now driving to Hairpin Bridge in Cambry’s car. She’s to meet the officer who found her sister dead. Armed with an old-fashioned cassette player to record the events, Lena doesn’t know what’s in store for her. Or, does she?
This is my first Taylor Adams book. The story starts on a good note but I cannot say the same about the ending. Lena meets highway patrolman Corporal Raymond Raycevic at the Hairpin Bridge. The bridge is notoriously known for suicides. Lena cannot accept the fact that her sister committed suicide. Cambry was wild while Lena was the mellow twin. Opposites yes, but the identical twins certainly shared a bond.
The story alternates between Cambry’s story and that of Lena’s. Cambry’s part deals with the events leading up to her ‘alleged’ murder/suicide while Lena’s deals with what’s happening right now – her meeting with Raymond and the interview. We also have a gist of Lena’s past three months – her depressive and melancholic thoughts revealed via blog posts. Lena’s come prepared – she wants to catch her sister’s murderer red-handed.
The story falls flat halfway through. Twists are plenty but they failed to keep me hooked on to the story. Also, the story gets repetitive at times – one of the main reasons I couldn’t rate this book higher.
The story takes a turn for worse – or good, depending on how well it works out for Raymond and Lena at the end. The ‘denouement’ was good enough but overall, I thought the story could been better. If you like gory and violent domestic and psychological thrillers (I am not a fan of gore and/or violence), you might want to give this book a try.
Many thanks to Joffe Books for the ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.