Thursday, August 26, 2021

Review - Hairpin Bridge

Title:  Hairpin Bridge
Author Taylor Adams
Publisher:  William Morrow
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   306
Date of Publication:   June 15, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

From the author of the “full-throttle thriller” (A. J. Finn) No Exit—a riveting new psychological page-turner featuring a fierce and unforgettable heroine.

Three months ago, Lena Nguyen’s estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge sixty miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version.

But Lena isn’t buying it.

Now she’s come to that very bridge, driving her dead twin’s car and armed with a cassette recorder, determined to find out what really happened by interviewing the highway patrolman who allegedly discovered her sister’s body.

Corporal Raymond Raycevic has agreed to meet Lena at the scene. He is sympathetic, forthright, and professional. But his story doesn’t seem to add up. For one thing, he stopped Cambry for speeding a full hour before she supposedly leapt to her death. Then there are the sixteen attempted 911 calls from her cell phone, made in what was unfortunately a dead zone.

But perhaps most troubling of all, the state trooper is referred to by name in Cambry’s final enigmatic text to her sister: Please Forgive Me. I couldn’t live with it. Hopefully you can, Officer Raycevic.

Lena will do anything to uncover the truth. But as her twin’s final hours come into focus, Lena’s search turns into a harrowing, tooth-and-nail fight for her own survival—one that will test everything she thought she knew about her sister and herself...


Lena Nguyen lost her twin sister Cambry three months ago. They were estranged, but this in no way takes away from Lena's desperate search for why Camry apparently jumped from a bridge. Lena has her reasons for seriously doubting that Cambry committed suicide. She makes an arrangement to meet with someone in her search for answers. This puts Lena in grave danger for her life. It was impossible not to feel the terror that was suddenly facing Lena. But then, the story is also presented from Cambry's point of view, and reading scenes of her last moments were utterly chilling.

Then we have Corporal Raymond Raycevic. We know something is up with him. Of that there is not doubt, but the situations were just so murky that I was kept guessing page after page. One thing is for sure. Lena received a disturbing text from Cambry before she died, "Please Forgive Me. I couldn’t live with it. Hopefully you can, Officer Raycevic.".  Taking risk after risk, Lena is determined for the Corporal to explain what happened before Cambry's death, no matter how risky and dangerous spending time talking to him just might be. 

Thus begins a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. If Taylor Adams's first book, No Exit, kept you on the edge of your seat, then hold on even tighter while reading Hairpin Bridge. My nerves were wrecked while reading this thrilling book. Lena wants answers, and she is determined to get them, pushing Raycevic to the edge. What a fabulous, fabulous read, full of electrifying moments, pushing me to stay up late into the night until I got to the chilling ending. 

Many thanks to William Morrow and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Taylor Adams graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the Edmund G. Yarwood Award. He has worked in the television industry for several years and lives in Washington state. 

His 2018 novel NO EXIT has been published in 32 languages and is currently in development as a feature film by 20th Century Studios.

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