Review: The Girl on the Bridge (McCabe & Savage Thriller #5) by James Hayman - .Red Wine & Books

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Review: The Girl on the Bridge (McCabe & Savage Thriller #5) by James Hayman


Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: William Marrow Paperbacks (May 9, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: 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.
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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

For being the fifth book in a series, and not having read any of the prior novels, I had no trouble following along with this one. While I obviously missed a budding relationship between the two leads, there were no confusing references to past cases or anything that made this one FEEL like it was part of a series. 

The characters were the standard run of the mill sort that I have come to expect from these types of novels. There is nothing to really make them stand out from any of the other novels in this genre, but they were likable enough. As for the story itself, there were moments where it felt really flat. Also, was it really necessary to "replay" an entire five pages worth of dialog for another character instead of just having them play it and speak to his reactions? 

Overall, the actual culprit of the crimes was a person that I hadn't considered, and it was just face paced enough that it kept my attention (for the most part, although I did skip areas here and there where it seemed more telling than showing), however, I would read more from this series and this author. 

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                          The Girl on the Bridge is available from Amazon.com

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