Although this is the fifth book in the McCabe and Savage series by James Hayman, it is the first one I read. I was attracted to The Girl on the Bridge by the blurb. Let me say up front, this book is better than the blurb indicates.
The prologue does an excellent job of developing the character of Hannah Reindel, the girl who apparently commits suicide in the first chapter. Her innocence and terror-filled experience resonate with recent news stories of young girls raped and afraid to report the crime. While Hannah is the linchpin that connects all the other characters, she is already dead through most of the book.
Her husband of eight years is devastated by her suicide and isolates himself from the world after her funeral. Partly feeling guilty and partly enraged by the incident that drove her to take her life, Evan struggles with the loss.
Hannah suicide may have been relegated to a sad footnote in the history of the town of Durham, New Hampshire if not for the events that follow shortly after she plunges into a freezing river just before Christmas. About three months later the story of her tragic history comes to light when detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage are called to investigate the disappearance of a New York businessman in their town, Portland, Maine.
As the connections come to the surface a series of potential perpetrators are lined up across four states. From New York to Maine, to New Hampshire and New Jersey, the detectives are on the hunt. Working with police agencies in other states McCabe and Savage begin to unravel the threads of a complex plot.
This book does an excellent job of outlining police procedures while keeping sight of the suspense-filled story. The characters, living, dead and, missing, are well formed and compelling. This is a solid mystery with enough possible suspects to keep the reader guessing.
McCabe and Savage are a fascinating dynamic duo. After reading this book I plan to start over with book number one and read the rest of the series.
***! THIS BOOK CONTAINS DISTURBING DESCRIPTIONS OF RAPE AND MURDER! ***
“From New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed McCabe and Savage series comes an electrifying new thriller of taut and twisted suspense.
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.
The Girl on the Bridge is a compelling and harrowing tale of suspense that once read will not easily be forgotten.”