I have seen this book described as a Young Adult read and while true, I don’t fit that description and loved it all the same!
What drew me was that the book is an historical fiction crime mystery ghost story. The Bridge delivered on all accounts. Fast paced and action-packed, the story immerses you in the life of distinct socio-economic groups in London’s late 19th century as seen through the eyes of a bright, precocious, and sincere young teen.
The era of psychic mediums and conversing with the dead was a real phenomenon that swept Europe and North America during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The concept enthralled everyone regardless of social standing and The Bridge of Dead Things was a wonderful conduit for sweeping the reader into that aspect of life.
The Bridge is entertaining and well-written providing authentic insight into the world of the era. Lizzie Blaylock, the main character, is a loveable and naive guide through the times. The only disappointment during the journey was when it came to an end. But - aha - there is a next book in the series and I cannot wait to read it!
A little bit Flavia de Luce, a little bit Nancy Drew and a little bit ghost story, The Bridge of Dead Things is a lot of fun.