Rated of 5
by Victoria H. (Minneapolis, MN)
Felt Rushed and Incomplete
I received this book as an ARC from BookBrowse.com. What attracted me to it in the first place was the publishers mention of Teri Coyne having a similar writing style to Jodi Picoult (an author whom I love). Whereas it is obvious Coyne has great potential as a writer, it is equally obvious that The Last Bridge is her first literary effort and a far cry from the more fully developed and engrossing plot lines of Picoults novels.
As I mentioned in my heading, the story felt really rushed. Coyne gets an A for gripping content (the first page of the book opens with the inexplicable suicide of the main characters mother) but she fails miserably with character development and consistency. Based on her descriptions at the beginning of the book, I spent a good bit of the story picturing the key people as run down, middle aged adults. However, I was thrown for a complete tail spin at the middle of the book when Coyne briefly mentions the main characters age as something like 27! She also breezes through some of the explanatory events so quickly that you almost feel like she lost interest in completing the book half way through writing it.
I will say it again, though; Coyne has a lot of potential. The Last Bridge was entertaining and despite the fact that it dealt with some very disturbing issues (incest, abuse, suicide, etc.) she did not let them consume the book. They acted more as subplots in a greater more complicated and intriguing story of self discovery.
Overall a decent read but it couldve been a lot better.