Monday, July 2, 2012

The Bridge of Deaths

**This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review**

The Bridge of Deaths blends history and fiction together to create a piece by piece account of the author’s grandfather’s death in August of 1939.

The Bridge of DeathsHer grandfather’s plane went down just two weeks before the start of WWII in Danish waters. Since then, her family has always suspected the death to be suspicious. It is apparent Ms. Egan poured her blood, sweat and tears into this quest to learn the truth of what happened on that fateful day in 1939. This novel is the result of her years of research.

In The Bridge of Deaths, Catalina intertwines fiction in the form of Maggie (whom I loved) and Bill (non-fictional), she also adds herself as a character which I found unusual but it works really well in this book, to create the framework for her years of dedicated research.

There were parts that were a little tedious for me, such as a listing of all of the books read and researched, whether they were going in a box or staying on a shelf. I understand the author poured countless hours into this research and wants the reader to see for themselves. Still, I think a bibliography would have maybe done the same.

It took a awhile for me to get into the story, it was a little overwhelming with all of the research being integrated into the storyline and I think the story would have served better if the information had been delivered in a more reader friendly way.

I found Maggie and Bill’s story compelling and was disappointed she was fictional but Catalina does a fantastic job of bringing her to life. Maggie is the shining force in Bill’s journey to find answers and also provides a positive outlet for Catalina to describe some of her personal experiences while researching the mystery of her grandfather’s death.

I’ve always found the concept of psychics intriguing although I am not necessarily a believer.  Catalina and Bill’s experiences with “the other side” are fascinating and give the reader the opportunity to delve into past lives and psychic phenomenon which whether or not you are a believer, is very interesting.

Catalina’s passion for her research shines through on every page and it is apparent this was a labor of love as well as a written testament to the mystery of her grandfather’s death. If you are a lover of history, mysteries, or World War II, give this book a try. I’m glad I did and overall I think it was a good book worth reading.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! you posted this on my birthday and I was away in London UK where I discovered that the Bookstore where I wrote bill and Maggie's first meeting is across the street from....DENMARK STREET! Cool huh?
    Thanks again!