Beneath Devil's Bridge: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A true crime podcast yields new revelations about a shocking murder in a riveting novel of suspense by Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author Loreth Anne White.
True crime podcaster Trinity Scott is chasing breakout success, and her brand-new serial may get her there. Her subject is Clayton Jay Pelley. More than two decades ago, the respected family man and guidance counselor confessed to the brutal murder of teenage student Leena Rai. But why he killed her has always been a mystery.
In a series of exclusive interviews from prison, Clayton discloses to Trinity the truth about what happened that night beneath Devil’s Bridge. It’s not what anyone in the Pacific Northwest town of Twin Falls expects. Clayton says he didn’t do it. Was he lying then? Or now?
As her listeners increase and ratings skyrocket, Trinity is missing a key player in the story: Rachel Walczak, the retired detective who exposed Pelley’s twisted urges and put him behind bars. She’s not interested in playing Clayton’s game - until Trinity digs deeper and the podcast’s reverb widens. Then Rachel begins to question everything she thinks she knows about the past.
With each of Clayton’s teasing reveals, one thing is clear: he’s not the only one in Twin Falls with a secret.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 42 minutes|
|Author||Loreth Anne White|
|Narrator||Lauren Ezzo, Laural Merlington|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #331 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#3 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#32 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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I would also point out that I did a search of past prime free months and there ARE male authors included. So this is also just a lie. Perhaps such people are upset that there might only be ONE male author in a group of authors. Hmmm, I wonder if that would bother a particular group of people?? What if that has been done for years and years and years? I can see how that would be frustrating.
Once women and POC dominate the literary landscape for as long as men have and make up the majority of books easily available, reviewed, and marketed for the same amount of time, then I completely agree we should get to a mix that matches the demographics of our country. Then people can choose to read such books as they want. And maybe what we're finding out is that there is a great demand for such books written by women authors.
In the meantime, perhaps reading some novels that require empathy and viewing the world from a perspective different from yourself, might not only make someone well-read, but also a more open person that might not complain via a review of a novel that there aren't enough male authors presented in a list of less than 10 novels, in one email, sent out once a month.
White is a talented writer, who draws you into the story quickly. My complaints about BENEATH DEVIL'S BRIDGE have nothing to do with the format, although altering between two characters and two time lines (past and present) can interfere with the flow, White handles it deftly.
The main problem for me was a lack of empathy for ANY of the characters in the story. I simply felt that I didn't get to know any of them well enough to care what happened to then. The actual murder of a young girl, as detailed during her autopsy, is horrifying, but the victim herself was hardly significant. It would have been a brutal and disturbing murder, no matter who the victim was.
I always say plot is king and BENEATH DEVIL'S BRIDGE had a mediocre and fairly uninspired plot that didn't feel all that original. It had one unexpected twist, but the main mystery was not hard to guess and became obvious long before it should have.
Lastly, the ending was entirely too long and went on several chapters more than I felt was necessary. No real surprises here.
Disappointing mystery by one of my favorite authors.
Disregard the trolls and treat yourself to this book. White builds her plot on a true crime and brings all the players to life by expertly weaving past and present. I found the structure highly effective; I was hooked from the beginning. An unlikely duo of a true crime podcaster and the investigator from the original case are front and center as a new investigation into the old case is necessitated. I thought I knew where the mystery was going--I didn't.
The author is an expert at using setting to evoke a tone in her stories, and this one is no different. Coupled with her descriptive prose and gift for building suspense, this one had me racing to finish it. I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
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The case is quickly solved with popular local Teacher Clayton Jay Pelley, Leena's mentor ,admitting to the murder .
Detective Rachel Walczak of the local police and RMCP homicide inspector Sergeant Luke O'Leary are pleased to wrap the case up quickly and Twin Falls gradually returns to normal. That is until the present day when young True Crime podcaster Trinity Scott arrives in town. Trinity has managed to persuade Pelley to let her interview him from prison and in their first interview he claims that he is innocent and did not kill Leena. This sets off a chain of events that wakes Twin Falls once again from its slumbers and rips the scab off of things that some of its inhabitants had thought were safely buried. Each new podcast causes events to snowball and the emerging truth to rip lives apart.
I got this as an "Amazon First Reads" book and have been critical of some of the recent choices. Amazon have certainly nailed it with this one ,I only put it down at 3 am after starting it as I couldn't keep my eyes open any more. Author Loreth Ann White keeps the story moving with new revelations coming in every chapter,mostly those that completely change the reader's perceptions with Chief Mountain as a constant in the background seemingly watching over lives and events as they unroll.
If you like Jane Harper's books you'll love this,the same depth of characters and sense of place. This the first book by her that I've read and it certainly won't be the last.
Talk about open a huge can of worms or is that snakes? The night of Leena’s disappearance is captured vividly as is how her death changed everything in this small community. The author creates a terrific atmosphere and sense of place through the quality of the writing. The characterisation is very good, you get a keen sense of misfit Leena and can understand why she’s hard to like though your blood boils with the injustice and her fate. Clay is a hard one to pin down as you learn things about him that turns your stomach. This is not an easy read by any means but it’s a gripping one. So many his and buried huge secrets and told enormous lies, the teenagers are like one secretive dark cabal in a conspiracy of silence. There are some big reveals that shock you and that you don’t see coming. I like the ending with some form of resolution and the addressing of huge wrongs.
Overall, another engrossing, well written thriller from the author.