Abram’s Bridge by Glenn Rolfe

Abram’s Bridge by Glenn Rolfe
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

There is a darkness in this town, and it’s buried beneath Abram’s Bridge.

When Lil Ron meets Sweet Kate under Abram’s Bridge he is mesmerized. And when he realizes this beautiful girl is a ghost, it frightens him, but also draws him to her. Curiosity and a drive to make things right lead Lil Ron into a tangle of small-town secrets involving his own father and other members of this otherwise quiet community. Bit by bit, he will uncover the truth about Sweet Kate, a story of heartbreak, violence…and fear.

People living in small towns can be great at keeping secrets, so it should come as no surprise to Lil Ron that his questions about the past aren’t always welcomed. If only he knew who was willing to talk.

It took me a little while to realize how much I liked the dialogue in this piece. Every character has a unique voice, and I was soon able to identify who was speaking simply by paying attention to how they strung their words together. Mr. Rolfe was so good at this that he could have almost written all of the dialogue without ever mentioning who was speaking.

There were many shifts between narrators. This was confusing at times for me, especially since the cast of characters is large for a story of this length. I had trouble keeping track of how everyone was connected. The premise itself was strong, but I couldn’t help but to wonder if it would have worked better as a full-length novel so that there would have been more time to explore Sweet Kate’s life and death in greater detail.

The plot twists in this tale kept me on my toes. While I was able to figure out many of them ahead of time, Mr. Rolfe still surprised me on one or two occasions. What I enjoyed the most about them was how subtle the clues were about what was about to happen. I had to pay very close attention to what was happening in order to make accurate guesses about what might be around the next corner.

I’d recommend Abram’s Bridge to anyone who enjoys contemporary paranormal fiction.

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