Joffe Books | 15 June 2021 | 278 pgs
Source: Publisher via NetGalley 

"Please forgive me. I couldn't live with it. Hopefully you can, Officer Raycevic."

When Lena Nguyen received the above text message from her estranged twin sister, Cambry, she thought nothing about it until she found out about her suicide much later. Based on the police report, Cambry had driven to Hairpin Bridge; a remote bridge seventy miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped to her death. Lena may not be close with Cambry, but she knew her personality and that she's not the kind who'd give up a fight easily. And the more she read Cambry's last text, the more she find something is amiss so she decided to have a talk with Corporal Raymond Raycevic. After all, he's the highway patrolman who'd allegedly discovered Cambry's body. 

Lena is all prepared before meeting Officer Raycevic for the interview at Hairpin Bridge. She's even carried a cassette recorder along so she could have Raycevic's statement as a record. Raycevic has been sympathetic and professional towards Lena as he told her that he'd stopped Cambry for speeding before discovering her mangled body an hour later on that fateful day. Based from Raycevic's report, Cambry had leapt to her death although the motive was unclear. Lena knew Cambry had been living a wild life but to choose a death path doesn't seemed her style. On top of it, Raycevic's statement seemed a bit off, too. How'd he discover Cambry's body and right after he'd stopped her car an hour ago? And most of all, her  unexplainable sixteen attempted 911 calls dialled from a dead zone. Did Cambry call before her so-called suicide? Or is it Raycevic who's responsible for her death? 

I've enjoyed Taylor Adams' previous psychological thriller, No Exit. It was an intense wild ride filled with twists and turns and this book is no exception. Adams' writing has that cinematic style that hook you easily and never let your attention go until the final page. I especially loved how he created his female characters to be courageous and feisty; showing their strengths as they're faced with challenges amid their vulnerable situations. I think I enjoyed this book a bit more than No Exit as it captured the complicated relationship between the twin sisters as well as Lena's side of Cambry's story. As the story slowly unravels, we see some parallels and the truth and personally this storytelling works for me. And I'm glad to say Taylor Adams has now become one of my favourite authors.  

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16 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    I'm already finding the officer creepy! Even if this is misleading me, I'm still interested!

  2. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I'll be curious of your thoughts if you do read it, Jenclair.

  3. Lark Says:

    I loved Adams' No Exit, too. Such a good book. So the fact that you liked this one as much if not more says a lot. I definitely want to read this one. :)

  4. Was that text message meant for the officer, but Lena received it by mistake? This sounds very good! I still need to read No Exit too.

  5. I haven't read anything by Adams yet. This sounds so good, Melody! I am glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Iliana Says:

    What a chilling message to receive! If this author has become a favorite then I definitely need to check out her thrillers!

  7. Melody Says:

    Lark - I'll be curious of your thoughts if you get to this, Lark. ;)

  8. Melody Says:

    Diana - I'll leave that for the reader to find out. ;) I hope you'll enjoy this book and No Exit, too. They're both great reads IMO. :)

  9. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I hope you'll give his books a try someday, Wendy. :)

  10. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I can't wait to see what he has in store for his next release! The time seems to go slowly when your favourite authors' new releases are concerned, isn't it? ;)

  11. Susan Says:

    NO EXIT was a little much for me - way too gory. HAIRPIN BRIDGE sounds good, though, especially if it focuses on the sisters' relationship. I might have to give it a go.

  12. Melody Says:

    Susan - I'll be curious of your thoughts if you do read it, Susan. :)

  13. Happy to see you post Melody and hope your reading and life gets easier as a result. I enjoyed The Push and guess what? I just started listening to Hairpin Bridge as well. I liked the previous book so this style has grabbed be as well. Have a good week.

  14. Melody Says:

    Diane - I can't wait to hear what you think of Hairpin Bridge, Diane! I really loved this one. You too have a good week!

  15. Glad you enjoyed Hairpin Bridge Melody, I liked it a bit more than No Exit which was a bit far-fetched in parts for me. Both raised my blood pressure at times though LOL

  16. Melody Says:

    Diane - This book is definitely different from No Exit and both books are quite good reads. I'm curious of his next book and can't wait for it!

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