The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan

Posted April 27, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 2 Comments

Synopsis
On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.

Review:
This book has a pretty interesting idea. I mean I can’t tell you how many times I sat in history class and wondered what really happened. What were the people really like, sure I knew the big picture of things but a lot of times you never find out what happened to the individual person. This book explores what it would be like to have the opportunity to do just that. 
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but the beginning of this book was also a little bit on the slow side for me. Which has been a bit of a problem for me lately. I think there was a little bit too much build up to get to the meat of the book. And it just took a little bit longer for me to get on board with the characters. 
I don’t think this book really fits into my normal urban fantasy book, mostly because it doesn’t really have any of the typical elements or supernaturals you see in that genre. But it was a nice change of pace for me. I loved the history element, and that you as a reader are able to recognize some of the people and places that are talked about in the book. And on top of that it felt a little bit like unraveling a mystery, which is something I always enjoy. 
The past life regression and hypnosis is an interesting approach to take for the characters to try and find out information. It’s not quite science fiction, but you also kind of wonder, could it really work? 
Also you can seriously tell that the author has done an insane amount of research, like dissertation amount of research. And there are some times when reading the book where the information did become a bit of an overload. It was sometimes hard to keep all of the information straight, so you might want to be a little bit aware of that fact. 
Overall the characters were fun to read and the premise was pretty good. I do want to say I think this book will appeal to people who like history and investigating the events of the past, those people will for sure get a kick out of this book. If you are looking for something light and fluffy then this isn’t your read, but if you want something to make you think, maybe this is your book. 

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