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Under the Bridge

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9th November 2023

Price: £14.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399811002

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*A future true crime classic featuring an introduction by Mary Gaitskill*

‘Dreamy, mysterious and ultimately terrifying’ Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me

‘A swift, harrowing classic’ Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation

British Columbia, 1997.

Under the Bridge traces the events surrounding the 1997 murder of fourteen-year-old Reena Virk by eight of her peers, in an account based on six years of research and interviews with the accused that offers insight into the social tensions that provoked the crime and the minds of teenage killers. By the author of The Torn Skirt.

‘A modern day Crime and Punishment that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A stunning book’ Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success

Under the Bridge is brilliant, enthralling, heart breaking and disturbing’ Nadine Matheson, author of The Binding Room

‘A tour-de-force of true crime reportage’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Mixes novelistic suspense with a journalist’s key eye for detail’ Bustle

‘Hypnotic, obsessive, wonderfully transformative’ John Guare, author of Six Degrees of Separation

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Jenny Offill, author of DEPT. OF SPECULATION
A swift, harrowing classic perfect for these unnerving times
Megan Abbott, author of DARE ME
Dreamy, mysterious and ultimately terrifying
Gary Shteyngart, author of LAKE SUCCESS
A modern day Crime and Punishment that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A stunning book that manages to terrify and enlighten at the same time. I reread it on a regular basis to remind myself what the best, most empathetic crime journalist can be like
O, the Oprah Magazine
A brilliant, compassionate retelling of a horrific murder
New York Times
Both tragic and cathartic
Lipstick, platform shoes, and braces have never felt more menacing. The book reads like a breezy bestseller, but it's Godfrey's in-depth reporting that gets under your skin
Godfrey skillfully blends hard-nosed journalism with a literary lyricism that far and away transcends that of her true-crime colleagues
Godfrey, who mixes novelistic suspense with a journalist's key eye for detail, does a terrific job of presenting the facts and letting readers decide how to judge the accused
Kirkus Reviews
A tour-de-force of true crime reportage. Godfrey reconstructs a horrific murder with a vividness found in the finest fiction, without ever sacrificing journalistic integrity
Hypnotic, obsessive, wonderfully transformative
Anthony Swofford, author of JARHEAD
Under the Bridge is a fine piece of reportage and a shocking rendering of the tragic end of one young life and the dark and sinister beginnings of others. Godfrey writes with stinging insight and an urgency that moves the story from teenage hush and whisper to the reality of the coroner's office and sad, fatigued cops. The prin­cipals are all victims - of schools and communities and families that don't care - and perpetrators - harming one another and themselves in this startling fall from innocence
Hollywood Reporter
Haunting . . . phenomenal cinematic raw material
Nadine Matheson, author of THE BINDING ROOM
Under the Bridge is brilliant, enthralling, heart breaking and disturbing. The feral nature of teenagers committing the most atrocious of crimes is a vivid and horrifically true interpretation of Lord of the Flies. A story of a brutal and senseless death that will haunt you long after you've turned the last page
Lucie Whitehouse, author of RISK OF HARM
Extraordinary. Compelling yet deeply disturbing, Under the Bridge reads like the very best crime fiction