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For ten years, Alexandra “Cat” Rucker has been on the run from her past. With an endless supply of bourbon and a series of meaningless jobs, Cat is struggling to forget her Ohio hometown and the rural farmhouse she once called home. But a sudden call from an old neighbor forces Cat to return to the home and family she never intended to see again. It seems that Cat’s mother...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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Tracy
I 'won' this book as an advance reader copy. To be honest, there's no way that I would have picked this off the shelf on my own; I don't even have a Goodreads Bookshelf/Tag that fits!

Having said that, I enjoyed the book. Well, it wasn't all rainbows and root beer floats, so "enjoyed" may not be the proper term.

The main character, Cat, is dealing with the suicide of her mother, encounters with estranged family and friends, and flashbacks to her childhood with an abusive father. Good times, eh?

I'...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jun 08, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: addicts, recovering addicts, those who love them
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Book Browse -First Impressions advanced copy
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Tara
I was very much looking forward to reading this book, it sounded from the description as if it would be right up my literary alley. I was, however, very disappointed. I found this book derivative, predictable, and in parts, very annoying. This was also the third book that I have read recently that features a heroine that is, if not an outright alchoholic, at minimum an extremely heavy drinker. I understand that alchoholism knows no gender, race or ethnic bias, but it seems as if the authors have...more
Rita
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Robin
Jul 15, 2009 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christine
Recommended to Robin by: Free Copy from Goodreads
Sent to me by Goodreads, this is an advance copy. The book will go on sale July 28th. I looks to be a quickread. The first chapter is hilarious! Promoted for fans of Jodi Picoult. I was hooked.
This was indeed a quickread. I couldn't put it down!
It told the story of Alex (Cat) who was abused (sexually/physically) by her father. Running away from that life, she finds herself pregnant with either her first-love's child or her fathers. Either way, it is something that she can't handle, so after he...more
Staci
Oct 17, 2009 Staci rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Staci by: Lisa http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/2009/05/last-bridge-b
Shelves: 2009-reads
I honestly can't believe that this is Teri Coyne's first novel. She absolutely grabbed me with her very first sentence and I had to finish this book before I did anything else. The plot is gruesome in nature...a mother commits suicide which brings home the wayward daughter. Alex spends time "cleaning" up the mess left behind and trying to put to rest the demons from her past. The suspense was perfect and the pacing of this novel was phenomenal. I highly recommend this to anyone who is up for a p...more
Lynne
This is one ‘powerful’ debut! Written with such empathy and understanding that one can easily imagine the author experienced this first hand, though I hope for her sake she didn’t. The title of the novel is explained in the book on page 100. “Let’s just say this is the last bridge. I’ve burned all of the others. I have nowhere else to go.”

The protagonist of the novel is Alexandra ‘Cat’ Rucker. Living in New York working as a waitress in an ‘adult’ bar she is a young women with a tragic past, no...more
Susan
Difficult subject to read about although it did hold my interest to the end. Found the flashbacks a little confusing. A couple of interesting twists to the story.
Jessica


A great and easy read, well-written and interesting. A great story of screwy family, hurt, honesty, and the crooked path of healing.
Lori
This book gave me high hopes but it ended up being somewhat of a letdown. There are lots of questions and scenarios that are brought to attention that never get any sort of resolution. The story setup and background is interesting and keeps the reader entertained, but things seem to fall apart towards the end of the novel. The main character's constant drinking gets a little old about halfway through the book. I get the point, she's a drunk.

This is a good beach read. It tries to appear like it'...more
Lisa
By looking at the cover of Teri Coyne's novel, nothing is given away. There is no way to know that within the pages of this debut novel is an intense, emotional story of a woman tortured by her past. Once you read this book, you can look again at the cover and even the simplicity of it is understood.

THE LAST BRIDGE is the story of Alexandra "Cat" Rucker: abused, alcoholic, damaged. After being gone from her Ohio family home for ten years, she is forced to return when her mother commits a carefu...more
Krissy
I absolutely loved this book, even though at first it seemed a little dark and depressing. It's about a woman whose mother kills herself, then leaves her daughter a enigmatic suicide note. The daughter has to go back through her past, which is filled with sexual and physical abuse from her father, to find out the meaning of the note. The father is still alive, but barely, and towards the end, even though he is seconds away from death, he still manages to hurt his daughter one more time. There we...more
Laura Droege
Alex fled her abusive home years ago. Now she nurses her pain with bourbon and denial. She returns hom after her father's hospitalization and her mother's suicide. Her mother has left a note for Alex: "He's not who you think he is."

Who is she referring to? There are plenty of men to choose from. Is it her father, who has sexually and physically abused her? Her brother? Her former lover, who has suddenly reappeared? Alex doesn’t want to deal with any of this. She avoids her brother and sister an...more
Nancy
I read a couple of reviews of this book and thought that it might be something I would like. Then, I saw in the paper that the author, Teri Coyne, a Mt. Lebanon native, would be speaking at our library. I went to hear her speak and bought the book there.

I really wanted to like the book, having "met" her. At first, I was a bit disappointed in the writing, but then I really got into the story and ended up liking it. I enjoyed some of the local references like Atria's, the Viking motel, Mercy Hospi...more
Lori
Wow. That's all that came to mind when I finished this book. I'm still shaking my head thinking about it. Brutal. This story was incredibly brutal. Heartbreaking. Tragic. Desperate. Sad. Redeeming. Uplifting.

I picked this book up over a month ago, read the first chapter and put it down. I didn't pick it up again until last Saturday. Not because the storyline didn't grab me, but rather life got in the way. Once I picked it back up, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what happened next. Mo...more
Crystal Starr Light
"This is how you justify your choices?"

NOTE: I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program

Book two from my Vine program, this one is quite the departure from the mystery, The Night Watchman.
Alex "Cat" returns to the place of her birth at her mother's suicide. There she receives her mother's suicide note addressed to Alex: "He's not what you think." Slowly, we unearth Cat's tragic childhood and learn about her present situation--and see that Alex has a choice: to move on or stay in the...more
Betty-Anne
I received Teri Coyne’s The Last Bridge from the Early Reviewer program and read it in about five hours – partly because it arrived late and I wanted to have the review done before the next round of books. Nevertheless, even without that incentive, I would absolutely have devoured this book.

From the very first sentence, Coyne hooked me and kept me dangling on a thread to find out what would be the next revelation of Cat Rucker’s past. Her mother’s suicide, as well as the cryptic note she leaves...more
Melissa Crytzer Fry
I enjoyed every word of Teri Coyne’s debut novel – from the first line to the last. In fact, I was so engrossed and emotionally invested in the fate of the characters, that once I found the time to steal away to read, I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it the next day. This is a story of redemption, regret and rebirth.

The added ‘mystery’ of a suicide note and its meaning had me hooked throughout. The Last Bridge is a superb tale illustrating the importance of self-preservation, love and th...more
NebraskaIcebergs
Cat’s mother leaves her a suicide note with a cryptic message. The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne's is about Cat’s search for the meaning behind this message and behind her mother’s suicide. On a deeper level, Coyne's novel is about how Cat struggles to rebuild relationships with her siblings and ex-boyfriend. Along the way, Cat must relive painful memories of her father’s abuse.

I have mixed feelings about Coyne's first novel, which I received as part of an early review program. In the author’s ackno...more
Amy
It has been a long time since a book kept me up all night, but I could not put this book down.

"The Last Bridge," jumps back and forth from the past and the present, sharing the difficult life of the main character Cat. Cat suffers through terrible emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of her father and escapes by sketching a comic book version of herself escaping "The Hand" of abuse.

She begins a relationship with a boy named Addison who loves her unconditionally. Although Addison ca...more
Sandie
The Last Bridge of the title has many metaphorical interpretations. We use expressions about bridges over and over in our every day lives: - - “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it”, or “Don’t go burning all your bridges”, the final bridge we cross when we leave our earthly plane for our heavenly one, or maybe like Simon & Garfunkel we want to build that “Bridge Over troubled Waters”. Alexandra “Alley Cat” Rucker has crossed many bridges, both real and metaphorical and she’s also burned...more
Karen
I was very fortunate to win an advance copy from a Goodreads giveaway -- thanks! On to my impressions of the book. To begin, I have to say that this book is not my favorite genre, but a kind of book I read occasionally. It's a quick & easy read and quite short. My compliments to the author for crafting a believable story that did make me want to read more. Pros: believable main character and her situation, which is a grim one. The author didn't sugar coat it (although I did feel the boy Alex...more
David Gordon
Aug 03, 2009 David Gordon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to David by: Received as an advance giveaway
Shelves: reviews, first-read
Teri Coyne's, The Last Bridge, was a compelling read. It was hard for me to put it down. The relationship that developed between Cat and her father seemed too farfetched, but then reality that that guy probably does exist out there somewhere kept me turning pages.

I did have problems with some aspects of the novel as they just didn't seem to make any sense to me. I mean why does Cat's mother commit suicide, the method, and then making sure she didn't leave a physical mess, but forgets about, or d...more
Pam
Oct 31, 2012 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Can't recommend
Actually read the paperback. Since Goodreads is not affiliated with Amazon any longer it is difficult sometimes to get the correct book into my account, especially older ones. It is enough to make me not want to continue with this but I'm still trying.
Anyway, about this book. Would love to have given it a great rating as I see many others have. I think giving it 3 stars is a little more than it deserves. In this case it is almost like an E for effort. It is a debut novel but I've read many other...more
Julie Hedlund
This book was nearly impossible to put down. I was hooked from the first sentence and never looked back. The premise is a young woman, Cat, who comes back to hometown after her mother commits suicide. Cat had left home ten years prior after having severed all contact with her parents. When she returns she is wasted, both literally and figuratively.[return][return]As Cat begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding her mother's suicide and attempts to interpret a cryptic note her mother le...more
Mandy
I was one of the lucky people to have won this book from the Giveaway earlier this month. And I say lucky, because I wouldn't have picked it up if I had seen it on a shelf. But I'm glad I did.

When I first picked up the book, I felt the plot was a little too forced and the characters were a little too flat. Especially Cat, the main character. She just felt like every stereotyped teenage-angst-causing-years-spent-in-therapy, only-to-find-that-booze-was-the-best-cure-for-the-depression-and-self-loa...more
Amanda
For most of her life, Cat has lived a confused, tormented existence under the thumb of her abusive father. After Cat's mother mysteriously commits suicide and leaves a provocative suicide note, Cat is suddenly thrown into a new world of uncertainty: is the man who has been abusing her really her father?

Written in a clear, stunning new voice, The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne is part mystery, part literary and primarily a personal journey through the life of a young woman. While the novel is billed a...more
Kimberly Hicks
Jun 09, 2013 Kimberly Hicks rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mature Readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Goodreads
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I tell ya, talk about a dysfunctional family? The Ruckers had some major issues going on. This was such a sad story and really takes a lot to get through the family dynamics.

Cat Ruckers started out like any normal child, until she reached the age of seven, where her life would never ever be the same. Having to deal with a drunken father, a passive mother, a weak older brother and a sister who cared only for herself. Cat left Wilton, Ohio for the Big Apple, only to be summoned home by a family fr...more
Katy
Also posted here on my blog!

“Two days after my father had a massive stroke my mother shot herself in the head. Her suicide was a shock—not the fact that she killed herself but the way in which she did it.”

I am not sure how I feel about this book. It was a quick read but it was also difficult to get through. I wonder if people who have been through abuse read stories about abuse to relate and if it makes them feel less alone. I don’t have any experience with abuse, especially nothing like this. W...more
Babs
I received this book as part of an early review program. The publishing house is promoting it to fans of Jodi Picoult and Sue Miller. As someone who has read all of Jodi Picolult's books, I feel that I can say that this book is not at all reminiscent of a Picoult book. It doesn't have a hot topic, moral dilemma at its center; it isn't as well-crafted. It does remind me more of the one Sue Miller book I've read.

I liked the book, but there isn't anything special to recommend it, except that it wa...more
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Teri Coyne is an alumna of New York University. In addition to writing fiction, Coyne wrote and performed stand-up comedy for many years. The Last Bridge is her first novel. She divides her time between New York City and the North Fork of Long Island. "
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