4.5/5 Bridge Stars
On The Back:
Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.
Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting the young women of Boston.
As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
Wow, I expected this to be a cozy-ish mystery. Hank Phillippi Ryan is one of the first names many people think about in the “cozy” world because she’s won quite a few Agatha awards, and she’s been a huge part of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America for awhile, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t cozy. It certainly falls into the no explicit sex part of cozies, but in many other ways this book would be classified as a thriller. It was a wonderful change of pace from a very talented author that I’ll be reading more of.
The characters were great. Jane was smart, and yet had her problems that she dealt with. She was not perfect in any way, but she was a realistic, relatable human that I really enjoyed reading about. Jake was also great, and Alex was too. However, there looks to be a small love triangle potentially being set up. Let’s all hope not.
There was more than one mystery and they all merged and then diverged from each other to the point where you had o idea what was happening. It was all wrapped up nicely in the end, and didn’t leave you asking many (if any) questions.
The only real problem with this book that I had the the fact that the two main characters, Jake and Jane would call each other “Jakey” and “Janey” at points throughout the book. It was annoying. Besides that, however, this was an amazing book that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. I’ll be reading the next one!