Published by Sourcebooks Fire on October 3, 2017
Genres: Supernatural Thrillers, Young Adult
Source: Local Library
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Theo's always been impulsive. But telling Paige how he feels? He's obsessed over that decision. And it's time. Tonight. At the party on the riverbank, under the old walking bridge, site of so many tales of love and death.
Paige has had a crush on Theo since they first met, but she knows her feelings are one-sided. She's trying to move on, to flirt. A party at the river is just what she needs. Except a fight breaks out, and when Paige tries to intervene--Theo's fist lands in her face.
All Theo and Paige want to do is forget that fateful night. But strange events keep drawing them back to the bridge. Someone, something is determined to make them remember...and pay for what they each did.
This young adult thriller has a touch of the paranormal that keeps you guessing what is happening. I was immediately intrigued by the captivating storyline and atmospheric setting around a haunted bridge. The fast-paced narrative, told in alternating perspectives, added excitement and engagement to the story. I found both perspectives incredibly believable, allowing me to deeply connect with the characters and feel their raw emotions as they battled various challenges.
One of the aspects I particularly loved about this book is its exploration of teen mental health issues. The author fearlessly delves into topics such as therapy, medication, and social problems, shedding light on the complexities and struggles young individuals face daily. What impressed me even more was how the story highlighted these issues’ ripple effect on the people around them, emphasizing the importance of empathy and understanding.
In addition to its thought-provoking exploration of mental health, this novel also delivers a powerful message about embracing the past without allowing it to define us. It reminds us that while we may not control certain situations, we always have control over how we react to them. This empowering theme resonated deeply with me and left me feeling inspired and hopeful.
Overall, this young adult thriller exceeded my expectations in every way. Its blend of paranormal elements, intriguing storyline, well-developed characters, and exploration of essential themes make it a must-read for fans of the genre. I was utterly absorbed by the book from beginning to end, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enthralling and thought-provoking reading experience.