Short Review #35: Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams (2021)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 ⭐️
Title: Hairpin Bridge: A Novel
Author: Taylor Adams
Published: 2021 (William Morrow, HarperCollins, New York)
Pages: 306 (Hardcover)
Genres: Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Crime
CW: Rape, Violence, Suicide, Murder, Crime/Police, Gun Violence
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Copy of Hairpin Bridge in the library where it is home to

Hello everyone, it’s great to be back!! I hope you all have not forgotten about me. It’s been a long time since I wrote a review on here. I briefly spoke before about why I have not been reading and writing reviews as much recently. It is mostly due to the reading funk that I was recently involved with for the longest time. But the dry spell became way worse, and I’m six books behind my Goodreads Challenge 2021 goal too… I’m hoping I can catch up, I really want to meet my goal this year. My mental health has also declined a bit along with a lot of difficult life things going on in the background, and most days reading is not what I want to do. Recently, I made it a goal to keep reading despite what life throws at me and to make the best effort I can for my mental health. Reading, in the past, was a positive medium for my mental health after all. Anyways, I have a lot of reading and catching up to do! Thank you all for bearing with me, and I cannot wait to slowly start integrating back into the book world. Today, I’m here to talk about the highly rated thriller novel, Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams. This is the first book I read by Adams, but I’ve heard good things previously about his other thrillers.

‘It’s not your fault, Lena.’ There it was… It was only a matter of time before he stumbled across the blue-ribbon Thing People Tell You When your Sister Commits Suicide. And here it was…. Let the living stay blameless. Blame the person who’s not here anymore, who can’t defend herself. It made Lena so deeply sick” – Taylor Adams, Hairpin Bridge

Lena Nguyen, a famous and grieving internet blogger, has decided her twin sister Cambry did not commit suicide by jumping off the remote Hairpin Bridge outside of Missoula, Montana. Lena decided Cambry was murdered, because of the suspicious circumstances around her death, like the multiple 911 calls, her suicide text note and the testimony of Corporal Raymond Raycevic, the cop who found Lena’s body. Raycevic’s testimony is the most suspicious of all, and Lena is determined to uncover the truth and find out what really happened to Cambry and maybe get revenge for her twin sister who was gone too soon. The book switches perspectives between the main event and written commentary from the narrator.

I wish I had spent my time with you differently” – Taylor Adams, Hairpin Bridge

Overall, I had a great time reading this book! It had a solid story from start to finish. The concept and twists were not particularly creative and did not quite pique my interest, but the narrative and transitions between perspectives were smooth. I enjoyed getting in the head of the main character, and the author did a great job of putting the reader in her shoes. For a fairly unoriginal story, the plot and devices were compelling and really made the book what it was. The only big downside for me was how cheesy and typical the twists turned out to be. Why should you read this book? If you’re a fan of any other of Taylor’s books or if you’re looking for a quality, grisly thriller, this is the book for you.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5!


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