Review: The Girl On The Bridge

Book Title: The Girl On The Bridge
Author: James Hayman
Series: McCabe & Savage #5
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural

Date Read: 04/30/17
Pub Date: 05/09/17


On a freezing December night, Hannah Reindel leaps to her death from an old railway bridge into the rushing waters of the river below. Yet the real cause of death was trauma suffered twelve years earlier when Hannah was plucked from a crowd of freshman girls at a college fraternity party, drugged, and then viciously assaulted by six members of the college football team.

Those responsible have never faced or feared justice. Until now. A month after Hannah’s death, Joshua Thorne—former Holden College quarterback and now a Wall Street millionaire—is found murdered, his body bound to a bed and brutally mutilated.

When a second attacker dies in mysterious circumstances, detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage know they must find the killer before more of Hannah’s attackers are executed. But they soon realize, these murders may not be simple acts of revenge, but something far more sinister.

First off, I’d like to state that this is my favorite cover in the series so far; when holding it in person you can really make out the tiny details such as the rain droplets and surrounding atmosphere. I’ve been a long time fan of James Hayman’s McCabe & Savage series; there is a minor continuing plot between the main characters but the books can easily be read as stand alone novels for the cases presented separately. While this wasn’t my favorite entry in the series, it certainly had all the attention grabbing qualities to make this the type of story you fly through in just a couple of sittings.

These books are not light, nor are they easy going murder mysteries, but up until this point the stories, while serious, dark, and heavy, managed to keep from feeling depressing and overly disturbing. This book was completely different in that it features many graphic subjects, such as brutal rapes and suicide, that the others didn’t include (at least to this degree). This is neither a critique or praise, just simply a statement of observation. I’m aware of many followers of this blog (and/or Goodreads depending on where you follow) that like to know when there may be trigger related material; if you are sensitive to either of the above mentioned subjects this may not be the right book for you. This will appeal to the reader looking for a darker, highly disturbing read; Hayman is a master of creating plots that are exciting and logical while keeping up a lovable sense of characterization between his lead characters professionally and romantically. While this book seemed to put that part of the story a bit on the back burner, it felt good to experience their interactions again after finishing the previous book.

Whether you decide to pick up The Girl On The Bridge as a standalone read or start at the beginning with The Cutting, assuming you are a fan of top notch police procedurals featuring memorable characters, you’ll enjoy Hayman’s work. This was another solid entry in the series and I’m looking forward to seeing more from McCabe and Savage in the future.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to share my honest thoughts here on the blog.

James Hayman is a transplanted New Yorker. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan, he spent more than twenty years on Madison Avenue writing TV advertising for clients like The U.S. Army, Lincoln-Mercury and Procter & Gamble. He moved to Maine in 2001 and decided to scratch a lifelong itch to write fiction. A lifelong thriller fan he began work on The Cutting. Much to Jim’s surprise, his first novel featuring Portland, Maine detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage, was bought by St. Martins in the US, Penguin in the UK and Random house in Germany. It was translated into half a dozen languages and sold around the world. His second book, The Chill of Night. This Fall he changed publishers to Harper Collins and the third McCabe/Savage thriller Darkness First came out first as an ebook and quickly made the USA Today national bestseller list.

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