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Henry meets Christa on the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, just as they’re both about to jump off and kill themselves. Despite his paralyzing depression—and her panic over a second bout of cancer—they can’t go through with their plans knowing that the other is going to die. So they make a pact—they’ll stay alive for 24 hours, and try to convince each other to live.

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Published September 16th 2013 by Promised Land Books
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Alexis Hall
I realised my review of this book had been lost to the annals (heh annals) of the internet but I managed to re-extract it. Which is good because my feelings for this particular romance have only deepened--grown somehow more tender and more forgiving--over time. I think it might be one of my dearest favourites.

I’ve been reading romance long enough that I’ve developed tastes. I like rich, sprawling, wickedly subversive historicals, liminal, dark-ish contemporaries that don’t make promises about fo
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Karen
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2013
I have been searching for a swoon worthy romance to read for MONTHS. One that would make my heart beat faster and make me hold my breath in anticipation. Who would have thought that I would find it in a story about two desperately sad and lonely people about to commit suicide?

For a novella that is just under 100 pages, The Bridge has a depth of emotion and development that some full length novels never attain.

Henry and Christa both decide that life just isn't worth living anymore and stumble upo
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Rossy
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Henry and Christa, two people on the verge of suicide who happen to meet at the bridge where they plan to jump off. Depression. Cancer. Love story? Hope?
This book touched me deeply, and I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the ending, that extra ~thing~ at the end messed it up a little.
Still, an overwhelming story!
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Jackie
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
There's meet cute, and then there's meet awful. Climbing the tower of the Brooklyn Bridge in order to commit suicide, Henry, who has been plagued by an "ill-wired brain" for most of his life, discovers he's not the only one intending to end his life. Christa, already having lost one breast to cancer, is determined not to suffer through the pain of another bout when she discovers another "IED" has invaded her remaining breast. Christa, a waitress, recognizes that the handsome, entitled man pullin ...more
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Rebecca is like no author I've ever read. Her stories are dark and thought provoking. At times emotional, requiring you to look at yourself and your life. Her female characters are strong, brash, take no prisoners, tell it like it is kind of ladies. They have mouths that would make sailors blush.

THE BRIDGE is a dark story about two people finding each other amongst the billions and billions of people in the world, on their worst imaginable day. The
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Jean
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Short story about Henry and Christa, two people on the verge of ending their lives.....desperation and depression sinking into them and leaving them hopeless and resigned to the fact that there is nothing left worth living for. 

Things happen for a reason....and when these two meet at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, I believe it was pure fate.  They were put there for a reason.....not only to safe each other....but to save themselves.

Good story, but would have liked more to see what happens with
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Mandi
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
This is a very powerful novella about two strangers who meet in the middle of the night on the Brooklyn Bridget, both about to commit suicide. Yet they can't let the other jump. So they decide to give each other 24 hours. They both set out to convince the other not to do it - and these 24 hours are so well written by the author. I'm so impressed.

Full review coming.
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Fable
Just loved this! It had the perfect amount of everything. The romance was sweet and surprisingly hot and it also got into some deep stuff (seeing as the book was about 2 people about to commit suicide, this was expected). Definitely recommend for a short afternoon read that will stay with you for a while.
Sarah S
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
What. The suicide, the cancer, but the bit at the end? I mean good Chekhov's gun, but wow? Little much. ...more
Katie
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is a similar concept to a book I love, A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, but in this case, there are only two suicidal people, and the tone is less funny and more dark and sincere. It easily could have become too much of either of those things, but it ends up striking a nice balance, finding hope in the characters' connection without denying the serious reality of their lives. ...more
Bipin
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A promising premise. That is not new to me, but I was happy with how I felt while reading the book. Even though the ending is predictable, I was a bit intrigued how the author was going to achieve that.
Good points: revealing the background stories slowly throughout the story, slow buildup of romance. The erotic scenes were both sensual and touch and go fashion, not going into immense details. The climax was unpredictable for me, although there was a small hint somewhere earlier.
The author could'
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Marlene
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Two people who have decided that life has thrown more at them than they can handle meet in the most unlikely of places--in the middle of the night, at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, screwing their respective courage to the sticking point in preparation to jumping off.

Both Christa and Henry have decided to commit suicide. But neither planned on a witness. Discovering each other, nervous and shaking in the darkness, pulls them each out of the pit. At least f
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Greg R
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-romance
Suicide is a touchy issue for me. Not the act of suicide necessarily, but the reasons for it and its repercussions. It's hard for me to find a book that treats the issue sufficiently seriously and also is heart warming enough that I don't feel something tearing inside of me.

This book strikes that perfect balance. The suicide meet cute has been done before, but never this well and this deeply. Neither h nor H is a magical fairy that will fix the other person's life. Their reasons for wanting to c
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Matthew
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The main problem with this book is that it may become too popular, inspiring a zany, Pynchon-esque singles club on the west tower of the Brooklyn Bridge where couples meet up and jaunt around the city and its environs for a day before… well, no spoilers. But before doing something else.
I don't know that this is the sort of book I'd normally read, but I'm glad I did. It's well written, and a nice character study of two pretty broken people near the end of their tethers. The switching perspectives
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Zoe and the Edge
Twenty-four hours. To try to save his life. By letting him think he’s saving mine.

This is such a strange little story that got me thinking.
Despite both Christa and Henry's determination to do themselves in, neither wants to see the other commit suicide. They find purpose in that, trying to save each other.
They make a deal. They'll each select three locations to visit in the city – places that are nice and maybe something new. As they think on their own experiences with the city, it's interesti
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K. Thomas
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite kind of story -- the kind that takes a dark subject matter but leave me feeling hopeful.

I'm impressed at how the author packs so much into a short novel. Without giving anything away, THE BRIDGE is like BEFORE SUNRISE or AFTER HOURS, it's a "one crazy night" novella that brings the reader on a journey that all takes places in little more than 24 hours.

As a New Yorker I love the attention to New York details (especially Brooklyn). And some of my favorite moments in the book
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Michelle
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about 2 people who meet on the Brooklyn Bridge...they have both gone separately to the bridge with the intention of committing suicide. Their plans are thwarted when they discover the other one there.
They agree to hold off on their suicide attempts for 24 hours. They spent the next 24 hours together in an attempt to keep the other person from going through with the suicide.
I loved the descriptions of NY and the places they decided to go and visit. And I enjoyed how their relation
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Sarah Wynde
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My inner editor (which, if you know me, you know is very, very loud) couldn't stop wanting to make tweaks while reading The Bridge. It's not a perfect book. So why five stars? Because I laughed out loud, literally. I also cried. Some paragraphs hit much, much too close to home. Some descriptions were spot-on perfect. Some metaphors were lovely. And halfway through, I thought "this has to end badly, either the right way and I will be sad and mad, or the wrong way and I will feel cheated." And the ...more
J
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did really like this very short book about two people who meet while climbing the Brooklyn Bridge one night, both with the intention of jumping off of it. He's been plagued by depression his whole life, she has just discovered a lump in her remaining breast after just having recovered from having her first breast removed, having chemo and having her husband leave her.

I loved both these characters. They are intelligent and have really though out their decision making. But, they didn't count on
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Julie Mendes
I went for that book as the plot attracted me. Yet, it became so annoying once I had finally started reading it... The reason I've read it in five days (which seems a lot to go through 150 pages) is that I really didn't want to go back to it. I had to force myself to actually get to the end of the book. And what helped me was that I would begin to feel frustrated not to be able to start reading something else... But, man, that ending! Who would see this coming? Thumbs up to the author for that o ...more
Susan
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Committing suicide shouldn't be the basis for a meet-cute, so I had my reservations about this novella. But the author does an admirable job of realistically portraying two people who are in great pain yet find glimmers of hope in each other. Love doesn't cure all, but it does provide them with a reason to keep trudging through day to day. Packs a surprising emotional punch into a few pages, along with a loving tribute to NYC. Definitely made me want to read more by the same author. ...more
Jill Sorenson
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Kelly
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this novella. It has romance, pierogies, and great characters, and it manages to tell a love story without needing to cover everything over with a rose-colored panache. Life is messy and hard, this book says, but there's still room in it for love. ...more
Deepa
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
From something as morbid and grime as suicide, to talk of hope as "painful as love" has been achieved beautifully by Ms.Rebecca Rogers Maher. The plot is simple & predictable. Yet the writing is the cherry on the icing. ...more
SuperWendy
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
An emotionally gutting, challenging read. Loved the angst, loved the drama. Really, really gutsy.
Stacie L
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting concept for a novella. Cute with a bit of hope. Worth a read.
Anne Kadet
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely love letter to NYC
Tasha
Oct 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: romance, favorite
Suicide romance, you guys! A very satisfying read, compelling story, sympathetic characters—definitely recommend!
Jessica
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
3+
Would have been much more powerful if the ending had been different.
Dena
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Short and sweet. A little cheesy. But I enjoyed it. I could see this being made into a movie.
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