Review: “The Bridge” by Stuart Prebble

The woman of his dreams isn’t what she seems...

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Book Review: "The Bridge" by Stuart Prebble

“Michael Beaumont is head over heels with the woman of his dreams. The minute he and Alison saw each other across a crowded bar, there was a powerful, immediate connection. She’s everything he could ever want in a woman–charismatic, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, and so much more.

But Alison is harboring a dangerous secret, one that threatens to break loose once Michael introduces her to his last remaining relative. Michael’s grandmother Rose, who raised him from childhood, isn’t quite the woman she used to be–her memory is failing her, and she’s prone to fits of wild emotion. But something about Rose’s outburst upon meeting Alison seems like more than just a simple delusion. And something about the string of murders terrorizing London, with incidents occurring just blocks from Michael, feels like more than just a coincidence.

What is Rose not telling Michael? What is Alison hiding? Every relationship in Michael’s life is a bridge, and he’ll discover that there are some he shouldn’t cross. “– Amazon

My Review

We tend to ignore red flags in a new relationship, especially when the connection with the other person seems so strong . For Michael Beaumont, his new love for Alison blinds him and allows him to overlook her inconsistencies and strange behavior. He only knows that he’s in love, and he can’t wait to introduce her his only and closest family member, his grandmother Rose. When Rose’s reaction to Alison is less than welcoming and filled with terror instead, Michael chalks it up to his grandmother’s rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s.

As Michael and Alison sink into their newfound romance, a madman starts to terrorize London. Young children walking with their parents are snatched up and tossed off bridges and piers. Kids in a dragon boat are drowned when an object is dropped on them from a bridge. The body count of kids under the age of ten continues to rise.

As a reader, you sense there’s a connection to either Michael or Alison. The killings always happen extremely close to wherever they are at the time. Near a restaurant where they’re eating in Kingston. Near Alison’s apartment in Brighton. I immediately suspected the madman was tied to Alison. After all, she’s hiding something — and it’s right there in the book’s blurb.

Yet, there are bridges in both Michael and Alison’s lives that connect them to different people and events. Some bridges are in plain view and safe to cross, such as Michael’s close relationship with grandmother. Some are shrouded in secrets. As Michael’s drawn into the center of the madman investigation by the police, I was left to wonder if Alison wasn’t leading Michael across a bridge built to destroy him.

In his aptly titled book “The Bridge”, Prebble uses bridges as the preferred method of the madman. However, he also uses them to symbolize relationships, as well to also slightly foreshadow future twists. The use of these literary devices makes it even more thrilling of a psychological thriller.

The only drawback to the book was Michael and Alison’s relationship. The way it was written made it seem kind of dull for me. They seemed like a middle-aged couple who’d been together for years rather than 20-somethings in the throes of youth, new love, and lust. Yet, I’m not sure that’s a valid criticism, because let’s be real. Who has time to be wild and carefree when there’s a madman always close-by — and things just aren’t adding up?

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