April 6, 2021

Book Review

Hairpin Bridge

Taylor Adams

reviewed by Chelsea Hofmann

“Please Forgive Me. I couldn’t live with it. Hopefully you can, Officer Raycevic.”

That is the last anyone hears from Cambry Nguyen—her suicide note. Three months ago Lena Nguyen’s twin sister drove to a remote bridge in Montana and jumped off. Or at least that is what the police say. Lena isn’t buying it, and armed with a tape recorder she heads out to Montana to see the “haunted” bridge for herself. She meets the same Officer Raycevic from the suicide note at the crime scene, hoping she will be able to figure out more details about her sister’s death.

When she finds out Raycevic stopped Cambry for speeding just an hour before her jump, she wants more information from the last person to see her alive. There are many suspicious things about her suicide, including 16 calls to 911 in a dead zone and the fact that Cambry kept extensive journals, most of which seemed to have disappeared. Lena is not one to give up easily, and she promises herself she won’t go home until she finds out what really happened.

Taylor Adams creates a heart-pounding masterpiece in Hairpin Bridge. From the first page to the last, this book will grab a reader’s complete attention.

I didn’t want to stop for a second, and every chapter ended on a cliffhanger that made me want to read “just one more page.” The story is fast-paced, with twists and turns coming constantly. Lena is such a strong main character and I rooted from her from the beginning.

The chapters of what is happening in the present alternate between chapters written on how Lena imagined Cambry’s last hours went. It is based on police evidence, eyewitness accounts, and just how Lena imagined it would have gone. There are many details sprinkled throughout the story that don’t make sense, but you later realized played a part in the story. Like Adam’s book No Exit, this book has action-packed suspense and gory details.

This book was the first time in a long time I couldn’t put a book down. My heart was pounding, my hands were sweating, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Right when you think you know what is going on, it turns out you have no idea. Bump this book to the top of your list; it’s one you’re not going to want to miss!

Thank you to William Morrow and Taylor Adams for my ARC of this book. Opinions are my own. Hairpin Bridge comes out on June 15, 2021.

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