Devil's Bridge by Greg Lilly
Two friends, Topher and Myra, find strength in each other to leave their old lives for a new beginning - if her husband doesn't track them down.
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About the Author
Growing up in Bristol, Virginia and then living in Charlotte, North Carolina, the rich storytelling tradition of the South pulled Greg Lilly into writing. He first turned to writing short stories after plot lines and characters emerged from the technical manuals he wrote for a large family-owned corporation. Greg Lilly is the author of the Derek Mason Mystery series Fingering the Family Jewels and Scalping the Red Rocks, plus the novels Devil's Bridge, and Under a Copper Moon. He is a short story writer, novelist, freelance writer, and former magazine editor. He writes and lives in the tidewater area of Virginia.
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Devil's Bridge based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
If a gay man, a lesbian, and a battered woman can't make a good suspense story, who can? Okay, that was a clumsy modification of a clever battle cry in the novel Devil's Bridge, but it works for this review. The other reviews include nice summaries. Instead of adding another, I'll mention how much I enjoyed the way author Greg Lilly created his characters. The main ones, Topher and Myra, the gay man and battered woman, are well developed in their initial situations in Charlotte. Then they radically alter their situations by fleeing North Carolina to start new lives. I particularly enjoy the way the dynamics between Topher and Myra change as they make their way to Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, and finally Arizona. Devil's Bridge is definitely about the characters, but there's plenty of suspense dropped in at just the right moments to keep things moving. I enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend it to readers who value friendships.
Old friends Myra and Topher seem to be living the urban professional life in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, in reality, they both are having some personal problems. Myra is abused by her husband Gil. Topher is in a dead-end relationship with Alex. Neither Myra nor Topher want to admit things aren't going to get better. When they decide to leave town for a new start, Myra keeps thinking Gil is following them to bring her back. This adventure/relationship novel kept me turning the page. Myra is like so many of my female friends in that she is denial of her own life, but can see others (Topher's) clearly. They have similar problems and the conclusion to start over is a dream many people have. But is starting over always a clean slate? Can you leave your problems behind? Lilly explores these issues with the situations Topher and Myra encounter, and he does it with understanding and action. I had read Fingering the Family Jewels and loved it. The author doesn't let me down with this new novel. He his blog, he states that the Myra and Topher show up in the next Derek Mason Mystery. I'm looking forward to it.