A compelling teenage mystery by one of the world's greatest childrens writers.
The Broken Bridge is a stunning novel by Philip Pullman, the award-winning author of Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife. The teenager-in- turmoil, so familiar and often so very strange, is treated with a respect and sensitivity that moves the story up a notch, allowing the sizzling and compelling drama that unfolds between the pages to paint a potent picture of a girl on her own voyage of discovery. Pullman has triumphed again, proving that clever and sympathetic writing can easily be coupled with dramatic storytelling at its very best. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found the writing good, creating that dreamlike, unreal, almost nightmarish feeling when your world is suddenly turned upside down.
The book grips you and you feel dragged along with our heroine as she tries to make sense of what is happening and the 'visions' she has; the only failing is the ending which seems a bit of an anticlimax.
Nevertheless, a very good read.
The story focuses on Ginny and her discoveries about her past. Every so often, we get a page in italics detailing her few memories of the time before she lived with her father. Gradually, they take their place in the story. As soon as one thing is revealed, another is obscured. One of the greatest shocks is Ginny discovering that she has a half-brother. It's refreshing to see that although they predictably hate each other at first, by the end they have developed an understanding after being confronted with prejudice and psychotic rage. Ginny herself grows up a lot and learns to forgive people for their faults. Whilst not possessing the awesome reach or imagination of His Dark Materials, this story does showcase Pullman's talent for examining psychological issues and characters who aren't what they seem. It's rhythmic, and pacey, but it doesn't tie up all the knots.
An involving read.
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