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Beneath Devil's Bridge: A Novel Kindle Edition
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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Her prose is atmospheric; it is thoughtful and evocative and unflinching. In Beneath Devil’s Bridge, Loreth whisks readers between two timelines: the immediate aftermath and investigation of teenage Leena Rai’s brutal murder in a small rural Canadian town, and the present day, when a podcaster, Trinity Scott, has latched on to the cold case for her latest investigatory series.
The reverberations of the crime reach far across the decades and spread through a listening audience newly obsessed with the failings of the tight-knit community and the shocking revelations Trinity brings to light. In the silent pauses between breaths, when Leena’s voice no longer sounds, there is a clarion call for justice.
If you haven’t yet read a Loreth Anne White book, this is a great place to start. Perfect for fans of Mystic River or podcasts like Serial and My Favorite Murder, this is a mystery that doesn’t stop at asking, “What happened?” In the wake of the truth, those left behind reckon with “What now?” It’s an affecting novel from a supremely talented author, and one I’m thrilled to recommend to you today.
- Alison Dasho, Editor
About the Author
Loreth Anne White is an Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. With well over two million books sold around the world, she is a three-time RITA finalist, an overall Daphne du Maurier Award winner, an Arthur Ellis finalist, and a winner of multiple industry awards.
A recovering journalist who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now calls Canada home. She resides in the Pacific Northwest, dividing time between Victoria on Vancouver Island, the ski resort of Whistler in the Coast Mountains, and a rustic lakeside cabin in the Cariboo. When she’s not writing or dreaming up plots, you will find her on the lakes, in the ocean, or on the trails with her dog, where she tries—unsuccessfully—to avoid bears. For more information on her books, please visit her website at www.lorethannewhite.com.
Connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Loreth.Anne.White, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Loreth, or via Instagram at www.instagram.com/lorethannewhite/.
- ASIN : B08JLZ6HBY
- Publisher : Montlake (1 June 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2089 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542021294
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,830 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Retired from the force, estranged from her family after the damage investigating the Rai case did to her psyche, Rachel finds herself inexorably sucked back in again, asking questions she never got answers to all those years ago. And slowly, it becomes apparent that although Pelley is utter scum - a collector of child porn and a molester of teenage girls - he really didn’t kill Leena Rai.
So who did? Why did Pelley confess? And just how did he know details that were never released outside the police department? Rachel can’t rest until she knows the truth - because deep down inside, she knows it lies much too close to home. And she needs to find the answers before the true crime podcaster does - or risk losing everything she loves.
Loreth Anne White is a master storyteller, and this is absolutely no exception. The past and the present collide in this fascinating crime thriller, with some deeper questions asked about how ‘real-time’ reporting in a true crime podcast like this can influence the actual outcome, even in cases years old. I did not see any of the big twists (yes, there are several) coming; though it was obvious from early on Rachel’s daughter was far more deeply involved than Rachel wanted to admit, I was still startled when we discovered just what her role was, and that was one of the smaller reveals. It’s such a good story, one I couldn’t put down until I was done, and everything satisfyingly wrapped up. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.
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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.
This is certainly a very topical tale, set around an investigation being conducted as they make a true crime podcast. I've listened to shows like this and they're usually very well done. It is a cold case and there are certainly plenty of secrets and lies going on in this little place they reside in. You do need to pay attention as you read, cos' there's quite a large cast of characters and it can be a little confusing remembering who's married to or related to who.
I liked the passage she wrote about the little girl inside us.....
I had to look up the odd words as we're in Canada for this. I had no idea what a diener, a donair, group home or toque was !! However, Google knew.....the only mistake I spotted was one dropped hyphen in slack jawed, which is pretty amazing. I was highly impressed.
There were a couple of really shocking instances in the story and it certainly keeps you guessing as to what occurred back in '97, who was present, who told the truth and who lied......I greatly enjoyed all the clever twists 'n' turns. Looking forward, too, to finally reading one of her others sometime.