Sunday, June 11, 2017

THE INCIDENT ON THE BRIDGE BY LAURA McNEAL - BOOK REVIEW



Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, unfortunately, it is one for a book I did not finish, The Incident on the Bridge by Laura McNeal.


I won't be giving this book a star rating because I feel it would be unfair to do so having only read part of the book.

This story is supposed to follow the story of Thisbe and the "incident on the bridge." I don't really know what the incident was because I didn't get that far, although I have my guesses.

I just couldn't get into this book, mainly for two reasons.

The writing style and layout of this book is so choppy. The story would go from present day to a "flashback," and back again all within a couple of paragraphs with no transition or anything to signal that the timeline is moving. It was beyond difficult to follow and I kept trying to figure out what was going on 'now.'

My other issue was that there are a bunch of random character perspectives. The first chapter is Thisbe narrating the events up until the bridge. After that, however, each chapter was another perspective of someone who is a small piece of the story. I made it 59 pages in and there was, I kid you not, 9 different people telling the story. I'm not convinced they are ALL relevant or important and they felt unnecessary.

I'm really devastated I couldn't get into this book. The premise sounded really good and it was on my most anticipated reads of 2016 list last year. Unfortunately, I guess it just wasn't for me.

I read a couple other reviews and from what I can see, things don't get better as the book goes on so I'm putting this one down.

Overall, I don't think I'd recommend.