Synopsis from HarperCollins:
From the author of the “full-throttle thriller” (A. J. Finn) No Exit—a riveting new psychological page-turner featuring a fierce and unforgettable heroine.
Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge seventy miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version.
But Lena isn’t buying it.
Now she’s come to that very bridge, driving her dead twin’s car and armed with a cassette recorder, determined to find out what really happened by interviewing the highway patrolman who allegedly discovered her sister’s body.
Corporal Raymond Raycevic has agreed to meet Lena at the scene. He is sympathetic, forthright, and professional. But his story still seems a bit off. For one thing, he stopped Cambry for speeding just an hour before she supposedly leaped to her death. Then there are the sixteen attempted 911 calls from her cell phone, made in what was unfortunately a dead zone.
But perhaps most troubling of all, the state trooper is referred to by name in Cambry’s final enigmatic text to her sister: Please Forgive Me. Lena will do anything to uncover the truth. But as her twin’s final hours come into focus, Lena’s search turns into a harrowing tooth-and-nail fight for her own survival—one that will test everything she thought she knew about her sister and herself…
About: Hairpin Bridge is a mystery thriller written by Taylor Adams. It was recently published on 6/15/2021 by William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 320 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, psychological thriller, and adult fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Hairpin Bridge on 6/15/2021 and finished it on 6/24/2021. I’m amazed to encounter a Vietnamese main character in this story! I have been actively reading for the past four years and have come across a few supporting Vietnamese characters but this book is the first. Thank you Taylor Adams! I liked that the characters are smart and focused. They have strategies and took premeditated actions. I’m not too hot on the car chase and the gun battle though. However, the start of this book was thrilling and it kept me turning the pages. There were multiple twists I was not expecting so it was good to get them.
This book followed Lena Nguyen, 24, told in the third person point of view. She drove out to Montana on her dead twin sister Cambry’s car from home, Seattle. The car has all of Cambry’s camping gears. Cambry died 3 months ago. She wanted the police, Ray, who found her sister’s body to take her to where it all happened, the bridge. In between, Lena’s blog posts revealed the steps she took to solving the mystery to her sister’s death because she believed suicide wasn’t it. Too many loopholes left behind. The second view was Cambry Nguyen via Lena’s written story. She’s been on a cross-country trip, from state to state, west to east and back again, starting with her boyfriend and then onward on her own. One evening, she was in the woods by herself, stealing some gas from fellow campers, when she spotted a man tending to four small fires at a private property. He gave her chase and she ran. A police car stopped her for speeding and she recognized him as the man who just chased her. The third view was Corporal Raycevic, the police who found Cambry’s body. He didn’t like that Lena is staring inside his police cruiser. At the same time, he marveled how Lena’s a ghost of Cambry. A new unexpected view showed up later. The story ended with an epilogue.
Hairpin Bridge was well written and a fast paced read. I enjoyed the humor and strong brave characters even when they honestly don’t feel so tough sometimes. I liked that this story incorporated blog posts because I’m a blogger too. The back and forth between Ray and Lena seemed to drag too long, but it makes sense that it takes time to get a confession. Reading this book, I get the impression that I shouldn’t spend all of my time inside reading and reviewing books but to go out and enjoy life too, a mix between the twin sisters. Also stay away from secluded places!
I rate it 4 stars!
Tag Lines: thrilling, humor, suicide bridge, crime, twins
About the Author:
Taylor Adams graduated from Eastern Washington University with the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and he is an avid fan of suspenseful fiction and film. He lives in Washington state. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to William Morrows for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.