On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.
~~~ (Summary from The Bridge of Deaths Website)~~~~
I got this book for free from the author in exchange of ‘Honest &Fair’ review.
First and foremost, I have to say that I am amazed at the amount of research that has gone into this book. From researching plane crash, visiting museums/archives, reincarnation, to the past life regression, to psychics, to simple internet research… she has done it all. When I received the book, I obviously checked the official website “The Bridge of Deaths” and browsed through to get an idea about the plot. The name itself is quite appealing, but the fact that the author had been researching the book for over 18 years really grabbed my attention. So, I took my time in reading the book, going back to the website for the references and images. All that hard work deserves special acknowledgement.
The book in itself is a magical world that brings fact and fiction together. The author narrates the whole story sometimes in her own words and sometimes through the lead characters – Bill & Maggie. It is about a journey full of discoveries. As we follow the characters in the book, we find them discovering truths/facts about the plane crash, discovering about the people involved in it and discovering about more about themselves! The twists in the plot, the truths uncovered were startling and often left me dazed. I loved the way the characters of Bill & Maggie were built through the story – they are so different from each other, yet they were brought together by ‘fate’?! Both struggling to find out more about their past lives find solace in each other. Their relationship evolves along with their different characters right in front of us. And though these characters are a work of fiction, they are very much alive in all of us. Ms.Egan’s has done a great job in portraying them.
The Highlight of this book is the way the author has maintained a balance between fact and fiction. Writing just facts or pure fiction would have been way easier. But the way the author has mashed up both with perfect balance to create this novel is simply awesome. And Hey, Facts are Stranger than Fiction!
Overall, the author’s smooth flow of story-telling, the main plot, the twists in the tale and the romance between the two main characters will keep you involved with the story. Looking for romance, you got it! Looking for suspense & intrigue, you got it! Looking for Paranormal, you got it! Looking for historic influences, you got it. In short – this book has something for everyone.
I am glad to have had a chance to read this book even though I am not a big fan of World War Era stories. It is an incredible read and I would like to recommend it to everyone. Give it a chance even if you feel that this is not your ‘cup of tea’.
A quote from the end of the book that I liked the best & would like to share:
“I think people in general are good people, and I am sure that in the world there are many more substantially good people than there are bad people. I also think that the younger people with global communication and so much more travel are less intolerant. I believe that my generation and the ones that follow are capable—world wide—of being more peaceful. Look how the entire world wants to help and is helping Haiti! We are capable of being a peaceful planet. I have to believe that.”