I’m always excited when I notice that Julie Klassen has a new book out. I loved her first few books, and then some in the middle were hit and miss for me, but I still try to read them whenever I can get my hands on them! This one was a solid four-star book for me, a very enjoyable read.
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About the Book
Title: The Bridge to Belle Island
Author: Julie Klassen
Print Length: 397 pages
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Summary from the publisher: After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn’t satisfied with Bow Street’s efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for a while, Benjamin agrees. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon he finds himself falling for the main suspect–a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But should he trust her?
On Belle Island, Isabelle feels safe and leads a productive life, but fear keeps her trapped there. When Mr. Booker arrives with news of her trustee’s murder in London, Isabelle is stunned. She has not left the island, yet she has a recurring dream about the man’s death. Or is it a memory? She had been furious with him, but she never intended . . . this.
When a second person dies and evidence shockingly points to her, Isabelle doesn’t know who to trust: the attractive lawyer or the admirer and friends who assemble on the island, each with grudges against the victim. Can she even trust her own mind? While they search for the truth, secrets come to light and danger comes calling.
While I did not find the characters as compelling as those in this author’s earliest books (Lady of Milkweed Manor, The Apothecary’s Daughter, and The Silent Governess remain my favorites of hers!), I still enjoyed this novel and found the mystery quite entertaining. I can usually guess fairly quickly who the villain in a mystery novel is, but this one had me second-guessing myself repeatedly which made for a fun read. I found the resolution quite satisfactory and appreciated that the author took the time to wrap things up well.
I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from NetGalley.