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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Under The Bridge is a work of fiction in the suspense, mystery and drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Jack Byrne. Written for adult audiences, this thrilling novel explores class distinctions, nationality, identity, and the dynamics of power by combining historical and contemporary content for its mystery plot. Reporter Anne and her struggling friend Vinny find themselves embroiled in an investigation when a body is found near the Liverpool docks. What results is a deep and spiraling conspiracy into the past of two Irish-born immigrants to the city, and a journey that leads to danger, romance, and yet more murder for our central protagonists.
Author Jack Byrne has crafted a truly British and Irish thriller that takes many of our cultural sensibilities and produces a rich tapestry of class, life, and conflict. One of the things that I especially loved about it was the attention to detail in character development, which delivers Anne and Vinny as flawed heroes whom we’re on the edge of our seat supporting. As they fall deeper into the well-penned mystery plot, we discover clues along with them, and nothing is ever spoon-fed or overplayed. The dialogue smacks of realistic Liverpudlian and Irish speech, which gives a realistic atmosphere to the whole cast. Byrne describes his settings with a great palette of descriptive techniques that add tension and suspense to every shadow of his world. Overall, I would highly recommend Under The Bridge to fans of suspenseful thriller novels, excellently plotted murder mysteries and strong, inventive characters.