Friday, September 30, 2011

Bridge of Deaths Book Review

M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions. You meet the characters Bill and Maggie right off the bat, Maggie being more of an eccentric and Bill being of a more logical mind. What I loved was when Bill, the skeptic, went with Maggie to a past life regression and got his socks knocked off, from then on it is a story of intrigue as Maggie and Bill try to put the pieces of their past lives together. Bill is haunted by the numbers on a plane, and a bridge in Denmark that Maggie is all to familiar with. I love the mix of historical facts and you can tell Egan was quite devoted to the historical subject (just take a look at all those footnotes...wow). I adore the character of Catalina, who I feel in reading this may be an artistic interpretation of the author herself. One of  my favorite parts was when Catalina was going through her library, seeing written on the page her thought process was really funny, especially since the reader could sense Catalina's irritation at having to take up a 'real' job and put her obsession aside.  All of her characters come to life so easily you can almost hear them talking in your mind, imagine accents, smells and emotions.
Psychic elements run throughout the Bridge of Deaths, other than past lives Catalina went and visited psychics to discover more about her grandfather and his involvement in the mysterious plane crash that fills Bills nightmares. Most of the information contained within the book regarding paranormal phenomena, psychics and past life regression are spot on, when they are not the author notes what is fiction and where creative license was taken. I thought that the footnotes would be distracting but some of them are quite entertaining! Most of the seers and mystics she talks about in her book are either people who have read her or people she has obvious connections with as she cites their entire names etc.
I loved this book, there was no time to be bored, no slow parts. I will say that if you enjoy history, past life regression and the weird this will definitely be a story for you. However, I feel you will soon come to realize that it is much more than that, it is a story of real love, triumph and search for the self. Thumbs up to M.C. V. Egan

Brightest Blessings,
Beckah Boyd