Oh my goodness, I LOVED The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne. It was one of those that when you are done, you don't want to be done. You want about 20 more chapters in the character's lives. Especially when it ends with them starting something you want to see finished!!! And equally as sad is finding out this is the only book by the author so you can't even jump into another one right away.
Description: For ten years, Alexandra “Cat” Rucker has been on the run from her past. With an endless supply of bourbon and a series of meaningless jobs, Cat is struggling to forget her Ohio hometown and the rural farmhouse she once called home. But a sudden call from an old neighbor forces Cat to return to the home and family she never intended to see again. It seems that Cat’s mother is dead.
What Cat finds at the old farmhouse is disturbing and confusing: a suicide note, written on lilac stationery and neatly sealed in a ziplock bag, that reads: Cat, He isn’t who you think he is. Mom xxxooo
One note, ten words–one for every year she has been gone–completely turns Cat’s world upside down. Seeking to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death, Cat must confront her past to discover who “he” might be: her tyrannical, abusive father, now in a coma after suffering a stroke? Her brother, Jared, named after her mother’s true love (who is also her father’s best friend)? The town coroner, Andrew Reilly, who seems to have known Cat’s mother long before she landed on a slab in his morgue? Or Addison Watkins, Cat’s first and only love?
The closer Cat gets to the truth, the harder it is for her to repress the memory and the impact of the events that sent her away so many years ago.
Taut, gripping, and edgy, The Last Bridge is an intense novel of family secrets, darkest impulses, and deep-seated love. Teri Coyne has created a stunning tapestry of pain and passion where past and present are seamlessly interwoven to tell a story that sears and warms in equal measure.
Oh my word. You just need to read it. I don't know how much to say without unraveling the threads that are dropped into the story as you go. It hooked me right away and I may have stayed in my bed and let my kid lay next to me and watch far too much Disney Junior so I could read it in one day, it was that good.
It does touch on some sensitive subjects so if sexual abuse, substance abuse or suicide are triggers you may not want to read it but I found it a fast and engaging read. I just want you to all go read and it come back and discuss because our Books & Bars convo wasn't enough for me.
What was the last book that you ignored life to finish? What is your current go to book to recommend?