#BookReview of Strangers on a Bridge by Louise Mangos @LouiseMangos @harpercollins @hqdigitaluk #StrangersOnAbridge #NetGalley

Posted August 13, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

#BookReview of Strangers on a Bridge by Louise Mangos @LouiseMangos @harpercollins @hqdigitaluk #StrangersOnAbridge #NetGalley

#BookReview of Strangers on a Bridge by Louise Mangos @LouiseMangos @harpercollins @hqdigitaluk #StrangersOnAbridge #NetGalleyStrangers on a Bridge by Louise Mangos
Published by HQ Digital on July 6 2018
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 384

She never should have saved him.

When Alice Reed goes on her normal morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she never expected to save a man from suicide. But she does. And she shouldn’t have.

Adamant they have an instant connection Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.

In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?

This was a debut! Wow! What a way to introduce yourself to the world! 

Alice saves a man. She talks him off the bridge, tries to get him help and get back on with her life after doing a good deed. Should be the end of it shouldn’t it…..wrong! First, I want to say it was an amazing thing she did, saving Manfred but her actions after….welll she needed a bit of a harsh word or two said to her, for own stupidity. 

Manfred sees a connection to Alice, that she does not reciprocate. The stalker tendencies magnify, and at times it was damn right frightening. As horrible as this sounds, it makes you question whether she should have saved him and maybe she should have just carried on running. He is just so creepy and his behaviour just does not help the situation, and just fuels to reinforce the isolation of Alice. 

This was the second book I have read recently where it is a British woman is isolated in a foreign country and with a language barrier despite her trying to overcome this. You really can feel the isolation in this book, the locals turn their backs on Alice, as she made an error once with her children and walking them to school – dramatic much, her husband is away on his business trips and her two boys are growing up busy with their own lives. All of this, Manfred plays upon, the man she saved, and he takes it to the limits where her own family begin to doubt her.

The tension in this book is papable, and I was gripped, swiping quicker and quicker on the Kindle to get to the next page, to see where we would go with this story. The description of the scenery and location were breathtaking and beautiful, I would love to go for a run through the woods and bridge that Alice does……I may run with my eyes closed though.

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About Louise Mangos

Louise Mangos grew up in rural north Hertfordshire, England. Her passion for writing was prompted by winning a poetry competition at the age of eleven and subsequently seeing her work published in the local newspaper. Her determination to see the world led her to set aside her artistic desires on leaving school, to obtain a Diploma in Business Communications, before embarking on a series of global travels during which she never stopped writing. She returned to art to study several foundation courses in Switzerland, then later journalism and creative writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder in her mid-twenties. Following a series of creative and novel writing workshops, the ambition to publish a full-length work of fiction was hatched.

Her first novel, the psychological thriller Strangers on a Bridge, was shortlisted in the Flash 500 Opening Chapter Competition in 2015, finalist in the 2016 Exeter Novel prize, and long listed in the Bath Novel Award 2017. The novel is published with HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins UK, and is available in digital and paperback

Louise is currently editing her second thriller about a young woman in Switzerland’s only all-female prison who has been convicted of murder, but must uncover corruption and fraud to prove her innocence and prevent the abduction of her six-year-old son. The novel will be published with HQ Digital in spring 2019. Her next project is another psychological suspense.

Click on Louise’s writing for more of her competition achievements and links to some of her work.

Please feel free to visit the following pages, where you can also see some of her art, and her blog about her journey to publication.

Louise mostly lives in central Switzerland with her Kiwi husband and two sons where she enjoys an active life in the Alps. She is currently studying for her Masters in Crime Writing at UEA

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