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Hairpin Bridge, Taylor Adams: A Review

No Exit was a really fun read, and I was happy to see Hairpin Bridge available for request. I loved the synopsis and as publication is fast approaching, I quickly dove in. When Lena Nguyen's estranged twin sister Cambry allegedly commits suicide on a semi-infamous bridge, Lena can't accept reality. Examining the evidence and reports, she is convinced that her sister was murdered, and she believes that the man who murdered her was the same officer who found her body: Ray Raycevic. Determined to find the truth, she comes up with a plan to meet Ray at the same bridge. She will stop at nothing to learn what really happened to her sister that night, and her quest quickly turns into a fight for her own life.

I enjoyed this book. Lena's voice was strong, both in its execution and authenticity. I appreciated her thorough brainstorming and preparedness. As a way to deal with her grief, I loved her outlet with the blog entries and thought the switch from high-tension present to the days leading up to it her through her reflection worked really well to keep the pace moving. And it moves. What I love about Adams' writing is once it picks up steam, it doesn't let up. Most of this story is taut, tense, and nail-bitingly gritty. I felt the atmospheric shift between Ray and Lena, the solitude of the bridge, the distrust. There are twists, turns, and unreliable narrators to boot, and if you're in the mood for a book that will keep you on your toes, this one is definitely for you. There were a few times when I wasn't thrilled about the narrative choice to put Cambry front-and-center in the conflict, I thought it fit with Lena's character and brought an underlying portrayal of grief and desperation to an emotionally-charged situation. Overall, Hairpin Bridge is a gripping story about how far we go for the truth and to protect the ones we love. Thank you to Joffe and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.


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