Strangers on a Bridge

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I enjoyed this book and the family drama that ensued in the story. Alice goes for her usual morning jog and sees something while jogging past a bridge. A man standing there who appears to be ready to jump. Determined to see what was going on and to save a man’s life, Alice decides to approach him and talk him down from the bridge. Alice manages to save the man from suicide, but then he becomes obsessed with her.

The man’s life she saved goes by the name Manfred. He is convinced that they crossed paths for a reason and believes it to be destiny. He is convinced this means they are meant to be together and he tries to convince her of this. He follows her and her family, and stalks them. It creeps Alice and her family out, and Alice approaches him many times, but he still doesn’t seem to get the message. Manfred continues to attempt to convince Alice they are destined to be together. 

Alice becomes frustrated with Manfred’s continuous advances, and tries to take matters into her own hands. The police don’t take her seriously, neither does her husband, and it seems Alice has nowhere to turn. Determined to protect her family, she is desperate.

Alice was a complex character. She loved her family, her husband and their two sons, and was kind and caring. Afterall, she did save a man from jumping to his death. She made some bad decisions in this novel, and sometimes I didn’t agree with her and her decisions, but it added to the suspense and build up of the story. Overall, an enjoyable read.

Will Alice be able to convince Manfred to stop stalking her and her family and leave her alone? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
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wow! what an amazing read! tons of twists and turns and full of suspense. held my attention right from the first page to the last page. just when I think I have figured out what is going to happen I am proved wrong. can't wait for more from this amazing author!
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I am disappointed to say that I just didn't get along with this book. I was rally looking forward to reading this from the blurb, but it was a let down.  I found I couldn't get into the story and eventually gave up.  Early on I found Alice's reaction to some of the incidents strange and the also the lack of understanding from her husband and police a bit unbelievable.
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A nice slow thriller that encompasses the quote "no good deed goes unpunished." I wasn't a huge fan of the characters though and would have like just a little more thrills in this suspense novel.
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This was quite a dark story for me. 

From Alice saving Manfred to him becoming obsessed with Alice but it's a connection only he feels. 

I feel her husband could have been there for her and supported her more. I guess it's hard in a strange place which isn't home, especially if the local people are a bit odd towards you with you being a strange person in their country. Policing in different countries is hard to handle also, but really the police should have trusted her more.

I absolutely loved this book. I have recommended it to many friends.
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This book has much to recommend it. It has the storyline and feel of a good thriller with a feeling of unease throughout the reading of it. The portrayal of Manfred in particular is very well done - Alice maybe not so much. The setting works really well with the narrative to create a picture for the reader. There were some things i found difficult to believe particularly that Alice wold fall for the same line twice. This reiteration of an idea made the latter part of the book less interesting than the first. Overall i felt it was a book I enjoyed and could recommend to others  and i would certainly try other books by the same author
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Alice Reed, wife and mum, has relocated to Switzerland for her husband's job, and as she doesn’t speak the local languages too well, she doesn't feel fully integrated into the local neighbourhood. She thinks her neighbours disapprove of her and her English family, but she's happy enough and content - if a little bored. To get rid of some of the tension she carries, and clear her head, she takes to running regularly in the beautiful mountains that surround her home.   
On one particular day, not long after setting off, she runs across a local bridge and realises that a man is stood there, about to jump to his death. Alice realises that she is the only person about, and so intervenes, talking him down. Taken aback at this extraordinary event, she makes a snap decision and decides that the best place to take him to call for help is her nearby home. Very shortly afterwards realises what a  bad mistake she has made when the man, Manfred, starts to appear around the village, and more concerning, the places that Alice frequents, usually alone. 
The authorities think Alice is a fantasist, and are not even going to consider that Manfred is a danger, especially as Alice keeps making decisions that make her look like a fantasist, leading to awkward conversations between her and pretty much everyone she comes into contact with.
The premise of this debut novel is great - do a good deed and then wish you hadn't - or as my Nan used to say 'No good turn goes unpunished'. In Alice's case this is definitely true. This book was at times frustrating, as Alice made some unrealistic and irrational decisions and if I'm honest, I didn't really like any of the character. However it's a great idea, and the writing is beautifully descriptive and keeps the tension tight throughout.  I will look out for more from this author in future.
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I found this hard to get into, despite the interesting premise. I love this genre and tension did build, loved the setting in Switzerland. A great debut.
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While on a run, Alice comes across a man who looks like he is going to attempt suicide by jumoing off the bridge and she talks him down, takes him home, and then brings him to the hospital. Adamant tha he and Alice were destined to be together he refuses to leave her alone until she becomes his. It took me a little bit to really get into this book but once I did I really couldn't put it down. This story has a little bit of everything from obsession, and stalking, to murder, and betrayal. Highly recommend.
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MoMo’s Book Diary recommends “Strangers on a Bridge” as dark and gripping 4 star thriller.
This debut novel by Louise Mangos is set in the Swiss Alps and is nail-biting.  The story strongly focuses on Alice and Manfred. Manfred is about to jump off a bridge and Alice spots him as she is running past….. something I like to think anyone would do – but then the story takes a twist!

This is a slow burner of a thriller where I found I could relate to Alice and, to a point, understand her actions – I fear I may react in a similar way – however the story at times becomes frustrating and somewhat unbelievable.  I couldn’t understand the way some characters reacted but as a novel (and not real life) then this was very well written and a scary warning to everyone to be kind but protect yourself first!

I will be recommending this novel to friends and will be watching for any other releases.  

Thanks to Louise Mangos, HQ Digital and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this gripping novel.
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I read Strangers on a Bridge to the very end open mouthed but not in a good way. I rarely publish any review lower than three stars but Strangers On a Bridge deserves no more than 1* imho. While the premise was an interesting one, once into the story it became unbelievable mainly due to  Alice's actions after she saves a stranger from jumping off a bridge. Not only was her behaviour strange in the face of being stalked but also at the end her husband also appears to have had a personality transplant. As for the ending - words fail me.  I received an ARC from NetGalley and HQ Stories in return for an honest review.
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I was lured into this read by the intriguing cover and the interesting premise. I am not going to sugarcoat it, I read the whole story and read the author's note and all I wanted was for all the characters(except Leon and Olivier) to jump off the bridge. I will freely admit that it's definitely a slow burn thriller but I felt it was terribly frustrating how several characters reacted. And the last bit of the novel...dear ancient cats of Egypt....just nope! 

So I am crowning this one with a 1 star(not a crown I tote out often) for the way it made me want to ogle it with the evil eye.
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Try as I might, I just can’t get into this author’s writing style. I don’t know how to describe it, other than that it’s very matter of fact. Alice does this, Alice does that. There’s little to no emotion or showing, it’s just all tell, tell, tell. If that makes any sense? 

It’s a shame because the plot line sounded right up my alley.

DNF at page 86.
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I really didn’t know what to think of the storyline at first. My opinion about Alice’s actions was surrounded by a big question mark as, whilst I thought it was admirable, I couldn’t help but wonder why she did it. Maybe it was her job which gave her the nudge to take that step towards a stranger? Maybe it was her own conscience which enable her to put one foot in front of the other towards a stranger? I don’t know. Personally, the concept of suicide is extremely cut throat due to my own dad committing suicide two years ago, and the fact that someone got saved from that was pretty surreal.  But honestly, how many of us would do that for a stranger? Our first instincts may be to say a big, fat yes, but would that outcome change if we were faced with that choice one day whilst we were minding our own business?
I expected the stranger’s reaction to be what it was, and I also had an inkling that they thought they were going to find their new BFF in Alice. However, what I didn’t foresee was the extent of the stranger’s actions – they seemed to go from nought to one hundred in the blink of an eye! I was very impressed by the intricate details that were woven flawlessly into the storyline, there were times where I even found myself thinking ‘errrrrrr come again?’. Unfortunately the stranger did in fact, come again, but the longer he had Alice in sight, the more determined the stranger seemed to become.
I probably shouldn’t say this, but the stranger’s personality intrigued me greatly as I just wanted to delve into his psyche to find out the root of his actions, that’s even if he knew them himself.
The more the story progressed, the more I became accustom to the rollercoaster ride that was Alice’s life. She became so…what’s the word…obsessed with the stranger, her logical thinking was well and truly clouded. Did she bring on the family rift herself? Or did she end up unknowingly becoming the person she tries to stop her clients from becoming?
I loved the psychological aspect to ‘Strangers On The Bridge’ as it is a subject that greatly interests me, so I was very engrossed in how the author managed to make that theme the forefront of her storyline as though she woke up one day and decided to have a blueberry muffin instead of a chocolate one. It was made out not to be a big deal, even though it most definitely WAS a big deal and for that, Louise Mangos’ goes up in my estimations dramatically.
Overall I thought that ‘Strangers On A Bridge’ was a gritty, engaging, and psychologically addictive debut novel, which was written in a way that made me sit up and take notice. Very, very promising – I am rather intrigued to see what Louise Mangos’ brings out next!
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This was a debut! Wow! What a way to introduce yourself to the world! 

Alice saves a man. She talks him off the bridge, tries to get him help and get back on with her life after doing a good deed. Should be the end of it shouldn’t it…..wrong! First, I want to say it was an amazing thing she did, saving Manfred but her actions after….welll she needed a bit of a harsh word or two said to her, for own stupidity. 

Manfred sees a connection to Alice, that she does not reciprocate. The stalker tendencies magnify, and at times it was damn right frightening. As horrible as this sounds, it makes you question whether she should have saved him and maybe she should have just carried on running. He is just so creepy and his behaviour just does not help the situation, and just fuels to reinforce the isolation of Alice. 

This was the second book I have read recently where it is a British woman is isolated in a foreign country and with a language barrier despite her trying to overcome this. You really can feel the isolation in this book, the locals turn their backs on Alice, as she made an error once with her children and walking them to school – dramatic much, her husband is away on his business trips and her two boys are growing up busy with their own lives. All of this, Manfred plays upon, the man she saved, and he takes it to the limits where her own family begin to doubt her.

The tension in this book is papable, and I was gripped, swiping quicker and quicker on the Kindle to get to the next page, to see where we would go with this story. The description of the scenery and location were breathtaking and beautiful, I would love to go for a run through the woods and bridge that Alice does……I may run with my eyes closed though.
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Alice Reed goes for a run and spots a man standing on a bridge over the river Lorie. He is contemplating suicide and she saves him..or does she !!!!

 Manfred becomes obsessed with Alice and she has difficulty convincing the police and even her husband that she is in trouble. 

This is  a chilling tale and very very good. I was hooked. It is an amazing debut and highly recommended

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These people should have remained strangers but instead we follow the woman who after the meeting starts several life changing decisions.  I think the worst part of this book is that the woman is portrayed as a ditzy blonde with no will power who just aimlessly wanders through life not expecting any consequences for her actions as bad as they are.  I kept on reading till the end because I figured it must have one heck of an ending to explain the actions of this woman.  This was all in vain and unfortunately the book just leaves you wondering what the reason was to publish this book. Sorry but I can’t give it more than one star!
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Strangers On A Bridge by Louise Mangos is a compelling contemporary psychological thriller that draws the reader into the murky waters of the mind.
The story totally consumes as the reader sees how easy it is to travel the path from truth to lies. One little lie or omission doesn't really matter... or does it? The foundation for truth and trust has begun to be eroded.
To what lengths would you go to, to protect your family? Family first at all costs seems to be the motto of the tale.
Do the sins of the father visit the son? Would you react differently to the same situation if you could have a do-over? 
The novel is written in the first person. We become intimately acquainted with a character, understanding some of the dilemmas faced. The fears and frustrations that rise up, as it appears to be a case of banging your head against a brick wall.
A chilling tale of naivety and a caring heart, where more than just the language is against you. Let the fear, lies and compassion invade your life for a few hours as you immerse yourself in this book.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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Alice Reed begins her early morning routine with a jog in the Swiss Alps. It’s her way of casting aside her concerns if only for a little while and letting her thoughts roam. The morning begins like any other but when Alice stumbles across a lone figure standing on the edge of the Tobel Bridge, she is struck with fear. Her instincts kick in and she immediately tries to help, only just managing to persuade him from his suicide attempt and avoid disaster.




But Alice’s single act of kindness curtails into a moment of regret that will bombard her for months to come. The man she saved forms a chilling obsession, believing he and Alice are meant to be together. As his clutch on her life clenches ever tighter, Alice’s own grasp on happiness begins to falter, the bond between her family begins to fray. And if Alice can’t find a way to stop him, she might not be able to piece it back together.




In the beginning, I think Alice feels somehow responsible for Manfred. What she thought was simple gratitude on his part for saving his life swiftly turns into something far more menacing. Manfred integrates himself into every aspect of her life. He follows her every move, walks her sons home, threatens to get her husband fired. He is intent in his endeavour to make Alice realise they should be together. His obsession grows darker with each day – he gave me a huge case of the chills.





As someone who has never visited Switzerland, I loved the setting and how this book gave me a glimpse at somewhere completely new. The setting is a big part of the book and author Louise Mangos offers her readers an authentic lens to view the scenery and culture through. Louise has kindly let me borrow some of her stunning pictures to add to this post. Below are a few of the beautiful views in Strangers On A Bridge!





Strangers On A Bridge is a tense, twisty book that will keep its readers gripped as soon as they start reading. The characters will march into your thoughts and prove to be completely unforgettable! I loved it!



Thrilling. Twisty. Chilling.
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Wow! Well this totally put me off being a Good Samaritan haha! She should have walked on by when she didn’t! What a cracker of a book and an author I cannot what to read more from! A seriously good read I devoured it in one night and couldn’t put it down, read the book you won’t regret it 😊
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