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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Review: Dorris Bridge

Title: Dorris Bridge
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Author: Clive Riddle
Publisher: HealthQuest
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Book: Book sent by publisher

"You ve heard of urban legends? Come take a trip to the 1970 s in Dorris Bridge, and discover a host of rural legends encircling this isolated small high desert Northeastern California town. A series of tragic hit-and-runs and a thirty-year-old cold case disappearance plague a police chief caught in small town politics, while his son winds his way through his senior year of high school, dedicated to pranks, partying and pursuing the new girl in town. Chief of Police Randall Burgess and son Kyle must also traverse a relationship strained by a decade-old family tragedy. Randall and Kyle, who don't exactly see the world through the same lens, both get caught up in escalating series of events as these rural legends and mysteries unfold during the year, and eventually become intertwined. Unexplained intensely bright lights and sounds that appear every few generations; a renegade band of Basque nomads in the desert; a polygamist cult; a haunted abandoned mansion on a hill; - these all find their way into outer reaches of Dorris Bridge. Within these confines you ll also find a Paiute reservation; a Japanese internee who disappears at the end of World War II; the state of Jefferson; 19th century Ghostdancers; a suicidal disc jockey who can t get enough of Alvin and the Chipmunks; an over-abundance of saloons; and the student body of Paiute High School. Who is behind the hit-and-run tragedies? What happened to Mitsou Nakamura? What is the meaning of the Lights from the sky? What secrets lie in the mansion on the hill? Book a ticket to Dorris Bridge, circa 1975-1976, and come see for yourself."

I really tired to like this book but I could not. While the book was well written, the plot just did not grab me. I had a hard time staying focused while reading a book. 

It's hard to explain this book because it has so much going on. There are several points of views and lots of different stories that all come into one at the end. Since there was so much, I found myself going back and re-reading parts.The Urban legends were good. I like reading those, they had me intrigued.

The characters were unique and I like how the father and son duo got to know each other better and work with each other. For me it was just too much going. I think this is my first to say that this book is not for me.

I give it 3 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. It does sound a bit complicated. You're not the first to say that. So far I've given it a pretty wide berth.

  2. Well, we all have those books that we just can't connect with, you know? You did a good job being fair and explaining why it didn't work for you though :)

    Great honesty, Savy!

  3. Yeah, nothing about the premise is really grabbing me either. Bummer.

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, Savy. Hope you enjoy your next book better.


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