• Marilyn Rondeau

The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

Lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman

Lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman after a humiliating incident with a young woman he believed innocent, admitted her guilt. So when a murder case involves a client of the firm, the senior partner asks Benjamin, eager to leave London, to investigate. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon he finds himself falling for the main suspect—a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But should he trust her?

On Belle Island, Isabelle feels safe and leads a productive life, but fear has kept her trapped there. When Mr. Booker arrives with news of her trustee's murder in London, Isabelle is stunned. She has not left the island, yet she has a recurring dream about the man's death. Could it be a memory, but how?

Isabelle knows she has never left the island!

As evidence keeps pointing to Isabelle, she doesn't know who to trust: the attractive lawyer or the admirer and friends who assemble on the island, each with grudges against the victim. Searching for the truth, long held and new secrets come to light.

Fast reading with a plethora of likely suspects set against an almost gothic-like background kept this reader pretty much glued to the pages. Filled with a wonderfully interesting set of protagonists, Benjamin was still upset over having let a young attractive woman play him against his usual astute instincts. And now here he was, faced with another young woman whom his instincts wanted to believe in spite of evidence that she was the guilty party!

Isabelle was everything a man could desire in a woman, strong, true, non-assuming, caring and yet - it was by her own admission that her uncle Percy was a thorn in her side! And wasn’t it Isabelle who had the bigger motive to be rid of him? I guess you will just have to read this engrossing tale to find out!

Marilyn Rondeau

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