Thursday, June 24, 2021

Beneath Devils Bridge by Loreth Anne White-A Book Review

 

A Book Review
Beneath Devils Bridge is a compelling mystery that had my attention from page one.  In this story the author weaves a tale about a ambitious podcaster, Trinity  Scott, who is interviewing a condemned murderer. She wants to tell the story of a 24 year old murder of a 14  year old girl in a small town in British Columbia.  The  story flips between the present day story of the podcaster and her quest for the truth and the crime that took place 24 years in the past.  The murderer Clayton Jay Pelley confessed to the crime and is now serving a life sentence, but is that all there is to the story.  When Trinity starts to dig into the past the members of the small town community are not anxious to help her uncover what really happened.



Characters

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the way the author developed the characters as the story progressed.  Here is a short synopsis of some of the main characters.

 Trinity Scott

 Trinity is an interesting character.  She is a podcaster who is very ambitious.  She researches cold cases and features them  on her podcasts.  At first glance you feel that her interest in this case is purely to have a great podcast.  But is that completely true or does she have some ulterior motive?

Leena Rai

Leena Rae is the murder victim in this mystery.  She is a fourteen year old girl who wants very much to belong, but she is very plain, shy and awkward.  She is often bullied and made fun of by others in her class.  On a cold November night she is brutally murdered on her way home from a "secret" bonfire in the small town of Twin Falls.  The circumstances of her murder are covered up by the people in the village till podcaster Trinity Scott brings up the case 24 years later.

Rachel Walczak

Rachel is the lead detective on the case and also the mother of one of Leena's classmates.  When she and the other detective start interviewing the students after the murder they both feel something is being hidden from them, but when a teacher confesses the case is quickly closed.

My Thoughts on the Book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I like the way it was written giving both Trinity's and Rachel's perspective.  The book really pulls you in and has several twist and turns that I did  not anticipate.  It also has a lesson to be learned on what happens when bullying becomes the norm and a small town sticks together to hide the truth.



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5 comments:

  1. I definitely enjoy reading mysteries and really love it when an author takes the time to define their characters. That way each character becomes real to the reader, as if you really knew these people. Thanks for your review, Mary Beth, and alerting me to this latest thriller by Loreth Anne White.

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  2. Well, you certainly have me wondering what really happened to Leena Rai and why would a teacher confess to murder unless he was solely responsible. Sounds like a very intriguing book and one I want to read. Thanks for the review and recommendation.

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  3. Most small towns tend to be tight-knit communities where everyone knows everyone else's business and privacy is nonexistent. It sounds as though in this tight-knit community, there are quite a few people who know the truth, and have conspired to keep it a secret. This novel was inspired by a real-life murder, which makes the apparent cover-up of the brutal murder of a troubled, bullied teenage girl all the more horrifying. Thank you for this review and recommendation.

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  4. Oh this sounds like a really good book Mary Beth, it's going on my to read list right now! I'm always looking for new authors and I have not read this one before. Thank you!

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  5. I love a story with good developed characters and it sounds intriguing with the twists and turns. Thank you for this book recommendation and interesting review.

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