By Louise Mangos
Strangers on a Bridge
A gripping, twisty, must-read new psychological thriller
‘As well-plotted and high-anxiety-inducing as any Hitchcock flick. 5 stars.’
‘GREAT read, fast, with a number of twists and turns that you don’t see coming!’ Janice Lombardo
‘The descriptive techniques in Louise’s writing are outstanding.’
‘a truly impressive, accomplished debut novel’
‘Obsession, suspense and twists… what more do you need? Fantastic debut .’
She should never have saved him
When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.
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?
One to watch - accomplished debut
by Louise Mangos
…I wait with eager anticipation as to what we readers can expect from Louise Mangos next as if this is any indication of her style of writing I’ll be hitting pre-order as soon as it’s available.
Sharon, Amazon Reviews
A Twisting Dark Clever debut...Obsession...Danger and Fear...
Manfred it seems has mistaken her kindness and his interest in Alice begins to border on the extreme..At first Simon ,her husband thinks Alice is overreacting..When Alice goes to the Police ..they do not take her seriously..As things become more sinister Alice is gripped by a fear…because that day on the bridge when Alice reached out to help someone she thought was damaged is about to alter the course of her life and all of those around her.
Livia Sbarbaro, Amazon Reviews
Psychological and unsettling
Mangos uses the Swiss landscape and cultural quirks to great effect, but where she excels is in the creeping sense of insecurity growing to paranoia. The steady erosion of Alice’s judgement as to right and wrong has the reader scrabbling for a foothold on an icy, fatal slope.
Some of her choices appear inexplicable in the ‘If it were me’ mindset, which only underlines the derailment this woman has undergone. This novel is a look into the abyss within all of us.
One to watch - accomplished debut
Strangers on a Bridge was a truly impressive, accomplished debut novel from an up and coming crime writer. It had me completely caught up in the tense drama from the moment I started reading till I finished reading the final sentence. And even though the ending was not the one I was expecting when I first started reading, it turned out to be simply the right ending for everything that had played out before my eyes. I wait with eager anticipation as to what we readers can expect from Louise Mangos next as if this is any indication of her style of writing I’ll be hitting pre-order as soon as it’s available.
Great pace and tight writing
Now and then, I get psychological thriller fatigue, but this one felt a little different from norm. Perhaps because it’s set in Switzerland, and the tense action is cut through with beautiful imagery and descriptions of the landscape. The writing here is really good – sharp and tight, and it doesn’t get in the way of the story, which moves along at a pleasing speed.
Gripping and atmospheric
As a premise for a psychological thriller about stalking, it’s interesting enough, but what makes this so great is how the dynamics of Alice’s family conspires to make matters worse, coupled with her difficulty in engaging with foreign police on what is a criminal offence in the UK. As a result, Alice’s story spirals into ever darker depths. At its heart, it’s a story about relationships and the bad decisions everyone makes. I found myself caring about every character, yet at the same time wanting to shake them. Storytelling at its best.