Thursday, October 20, 2005

I found Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey a little hard to get into at first. It's the nonfiction story of the murder of a 14 year old girl by two other teenagers. The book begins with the discovery of Reena's body, but then backtracks to introduce many of the players in the case. This part drags a little, but once the lead up to the murder begins, the pace quickens and doesn't falter until the end. I don't remember the case, so I enjoyed the way Godfrey assumed the reader would be unfamiliar with the details and kept up the suspense about who the murderers were. The topic is a good fit for Godfrey, whose book The Torn Skirt I read and enjoyed earlier this year. Both books share a similar interest in seemingly ordinary teenage girls and what can cause them to go off the rails.

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