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Beneath Devil's Bridge

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  6,877 ratings  ·  432 reviews
A true crime podcast yields new revelations about a shocking murder in a riveting novel of suspense by Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author Loreth Anne White.

True crime podcaster Trinity Scott is chasing breakout success, and her brand-new serial may get her there. Her subject is Clayton Jay Pelley. More than two decades ago, the respected family man and g
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Montlake
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Sandra Hoover
Twenty-four years ago, a small community was horrified and sickened by the rape, brutal beating and drowning of fourteen year old Leena Rai. When a beloved school guidance counselor confessed to the crime, shock waves reverberated throughout the small, close-knit community and rumors ran rampant. After his detailed confession, Clayton Jay Pelley refused to speak of the crime again. He accepted his life sentence without benefit of a trial, leaving the police and community frustrated with unanswer ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing

So had to rate this a 5. Loreth has written a mystery that gripped me from page 1. It covers bullying and the harm it can do. In this case, a girl who so badly wants to fit in, admittedly she went the wrong way about it but did she deserve to be murdered? Then a young woman starts a pod cast to find out why the convicted man did it and things start to go sideways for the town involved. I believe if you like mystery and drama you will regret not reading this book.
Maureen Carden
Why would someone admit to a terrible rape and murder? Why would someone more than 24 years later finally decide to tell the ‘true’ story of the murder using the modern media platform of the true crime podcast. Podcasts, the media platform that panders to our gullibility at its near worst, or brings important information or conclusions to the forefront at its best. Most importantly, how do you know the difference? In Beneath Devil’s Bridge the reader gets a chance to examine all the choices ava ...more
Loreth White
Mar 11, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
OUT EARLY!!! And free with Amazon First Reads (and Prime) in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia!!

Dear Readers in Australia and the UK, you now have EARLY ACCESS to read BENEATH DEVIL'S BRIDGE for the month of May!

"Perfect for fans of Mystic River or podcasts like Serial and My Favorite Murder, this is a mystery that doesn’t stop at asking, 'What happened?' In the wake of the truth, those left behind reckon with 'What now?' It’s an affecting novel from a supremely talented author, and one I’m thr
5 Stars

Compulsively Readable. Atmospheric. Beautifully written. Honestly, I didn't expect anything less from Loreth Anne White.
Loreth White
Oct 19, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Stay tuned for another signed print ARC Giveaway!

A true crime podcaster. A retired detective. A case that will not let them go . . . coming in May 2021!
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
4 stars

Another good one by Loreth Anne White. While similar to her other books, this one is a little different. We do get a female lead detective who has now left the police department after the last case she worked on 20 years ago. Her family is in shambles and she is a recluse living with her former psychiatrist. A true crime podcaster stirs up the small town and exposes secrets on what was considered a closed case.
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via Amazon First Reads in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I read a lot of Romance and Romantic-Suspense, not so much Mystery and never True Crime, just not my thing. But, anything Loreth Anne White writes, I'll read. There is no other author who can get me involved in a story the way she can.

Twenty-Four years ago a young girl was assaulted, brutally beaten and murdered. Her killer was caught, confessed and put in prison. Cas
Liz Barnsley
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has recently become addicted to true crime podcasts, when they take a role in any fiction reading I'm doing it's like a little literary bonus - and Beneath Devils Bridge really engaged me with the intriguing characters, the emotionally charged writing and the haunting mystery elements.

I bought this after seeing it come up in true crime- even though this is entirely fictional the inspiration came from a real crime in the authors vicinity. This shows as she ably gets across the horr
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is one of my favorite thrillers of 2021 so far! I don't even know if I can fully explain what I loved about it, but it's one that I am definitely keeping for my personal collection (which I don't do very often, and which also tells me that it spoke to my soul for some reason).

The story was inspired by an actual event, and begins in 1997, with the voice of 14-year-old, Leena Rai, who is about to be brutally murdered in a small Canadian town of Twin Falls; and you glimpse the horror f
Debbie Oliphant
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. This story draws you in from the beginning until the very end. So many twists, turns, and heartbreaking secrets.

Leena is an outcast, she's different and desperately wants to fit in with her peers, however, the story begins with her murder which leads to a confession by her guidance counselor who is sentenced to life in prison. End of story, right? fast forward 24 years as the homicide is featured on a "True Crime" podcast. The accused has decided to do an intervie
Elle G.
My Rating: 5 stars
Genre Murder Mystery

Review Snapshot : Beneath the Devil’s Bridge is one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read! This book is engrossing, compulsively readable, and exquisitely written. I simply could not put it down!


It’s been a long time since I’ve read a murder mystery novel that has kept me so engaged in the story that I didn’t want to put it down. And I mean it, this book, I didn’t want to put it down not for anything! I was riveted, glued to my seat, a
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller, aar, arc
I've given this an A at AAR.

Beneath Devil’s Bridge is a tense, tightly-plotted and superbly-executed mystery that is very loosely based on a real-life murder that happened in British Columbia some twenty-four years ago.   It’s a compelling, absorbing read that takes a look at the impact of a brutal crime on a small, close-knit community and asks some challenging questions about the lengths to which people will go to protect those they love or about what we are capable of doing to our fellow huma
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark, twisty, and disturbing!

Beneath Devil’s Bridge is a sharp, unsettling mystery that introduces us to the driven, tenacious podcast-host Trinity Scott as she heads to Twin Falls, British Columbia, where she stirs up a lot of old emotions, resentments, and secrets when she features and interviews convicted guidance counsellor, Clayton Jay Pelley, in order to finally reveal why he brutally murdered his then student, 14-year-old Leena Rai in 1997.

The writing is tight and intense. The characters
Rebecca Neely
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a dark, disturbing, and binge worthy read—and I devoured it. Cleverly executed, with past and present timelines, multiple POV‘s, and the story within a story. I liked Trinity and Rachel, enjoyed getting to know them and their secrets. Without spoilers, despised some of the other characters, their actions, and motivations. Downright chilling.

Look forward to more of this author’s books.
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve never heard of Author Loreth Anne White before but now it’s a name I will never forget. Her writing skills and the ability to literally chill me to the bone with her words is something that’s not easy to do. Going back and forth in time between when a grisly murder of a 14 year old girl took place and the present day was so fabulously plotted. This was a
May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sooooo many coincidences - even Thomas Hardy of The Mayor of Casterbridge would find these a step too far.
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
@lorethannewhite is an auto read author for me. I always highly anticipate the next book and dive in when I get my hands on it. Beneath Devil’s Bridge was no exception!

I flew through this suspense novel. This is a murder mystery with an emphasis on detective work, true crime, and podcasts. Beneath Devil’s Bridge was a unique thriller with many twists and turns. I always think that I know what’s going on and Loreth ALWAYS surprises me with her well timed twists. The suspense ramps up and keeps t
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-time
W-O-W! I have been a fan of Loreth Anne White for a while now, I have read all eleven (now twelve!) of her psychological suspense/crime stories. I was lucky enough to receive this copy as an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. Can I honestly say I LOVED IT?!

Prior to Beneath Devil's Bridge I adored the Angie Pallorino series best. If you haven't tried them out yet, I highly recommend! They were the first titles I recommend to any reader I could find. This one takes the cake tho
Victoria Rios
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW!!! This book was so so good! It literally had me guessing who did it the whole time! I was gasping with all the twists and turns this book had! All the loose ends came together perfectly and all the questions were answered by the end of the book which I was actually super impressed by! I was at the edge of my seat the whole time!

This book had many characters but it was super easy to follow along and keep up with. The main characters are Rachel who is a retired detective and Trinity
Alex Anderson
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This Amazon First Read pulled me in by the first few pages & didn’t let me down the whole book. Graphic & disturbing content.

Trigger warning: sexual assault/rape/child pornography/bullying

This is a story about a adolescent outcast who was brutally murdered and sexually assaulted and the case was seemingly solved shortly after her body was found. When a true crime podcast host comes to the town over 20 years later, she starts digging things up and secrets do not stay hidden for long. Is the pers
Jun 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Horrible stuff. Book/author not for me. Must note here so I do not rely on favorable reviews on this site and make mistake in selecting anything in future by this author.

Kindle Unlimited -- Wait! Nope...I fell for it because it was available for free on Amazon. Now I must delete it from my Kindle.
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good to the very end…..

This book , although a difficult topic (actually several difficult subjects), was riveting and carried me along to the very end. In order for me to enjoy a book, I have to be engaged with the characters and care what happens to them. This is one of those books that had me trying to turn more pages to continue on in their lives. It opens your eyes to dark aspects of our society and makes you look around at people in your own life.
May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"A girl with long dark hair stumbles across a railroad trestle in the northern forests near a small town with a lumber mill and a massive waterfall."
I'm actually okay with rewriting well known stories from another angle, and it's a great way to get started with an idea. Lest you think I'm exaggerating the link between Ronnette Pulaski and Leena Rai in this book, I stumbled across the author calling Twin Falls PD, Twin "Peaks" PD about 57% into my kindle version.
That's not why I gave it 2 stars.
Runaway butterfly
Yass. Calling all the crime thriller fans!
One hell of a ride this book was!

"The truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets us free."

The book is set in the small town of Twin Falls, where a brutal murder of a fourteen-year-old teenage girl Leena Rai under the Devil's bridge, shocks the whole community. They used to believe nothing wrong can happen in Twin Falls but after the murder of Leena Rai and the horrifying revelations following that, all of th
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was such an atmospheric and suspenseful mystery that is unlike anything I have ever read in the genre. Such vivid (sometimes morbid) imagery that made it as though I was watching this in my head. I literally couldn’t put it down, I finished it in two days.

It has some classic tropes, such as a hardened detective who was affected by one case in particular, a therapist who ends up in a relationship with an ex-patient and small town families with lots of secrets. But they were still not what y
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was my May Amazon Kindle First Reads selection, and this is the reason that I keep taking those free books. 9 times out of 10, they are some of the worst books I've ever read, and I've read a LOT of books. Then the 10th time, the free book gods smile on me and I get something like this.

Quick read, interesting characters, good story, lots of lying going on. Between taking place in a town named Twin Falls and in a location in the Pacific northwest (Canada just north of Washington state), I co
Sophie Choate
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, rounded up.

Overall, this book is exciting enough, and provided an enjoyable murder mystery that kept me entertained until the end, but has some major flaws. I thought the plot was pretty well done, with a few exceptions (see below); the dual timelines were also handled well enough, although it did make things awkward in some respects. However, the writing was not up to par for me, so that brought it down a lot in my view.

We follow two characters from a first-person perspective, in tw
Midhu Krishnan
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loreth Anne White, best known for her Pallorino series, has a new book out called Beneath Devil's Bridge. The book begins with the murder of Leena Rai in 1997. The story then jumps forward to the present day, where a true-crime podcaster interviews the accused and imprisoned Clayton Jay Pelley. Clayton Jay Pelley, who admitted to his crime and accepted his life sentence without a hearing, is unexpectedly speaking to Trinity Scott, a young podcaster. The podcaster is missing the most critical par ...more
Jesica Stratton
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of anything true crime and when I read the description of this novel, I knew it was right up my alley. This story centers around a podcast about a 24 year old murder case that was supposedly solved when a novice crime junkie sheds light on the story, reopening the case to a retired cop and the entire small town where the murder occurred.
The small town theme intrigued me as well as it being somewhat of a murder mystery.
It is well written with the perfect twists that I never saw coming
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Loreth Anne White is an Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and suspense reads. She has sold well over 2 million books around the world. For more information, visit

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Loreth Anne White is an Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. With well over 2 million books sold around the world, she is a three-time RITA finalist, an overall Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Arthur Ellis finalist, and winner of multiple industry awards.

A recovering journalist who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now calls Cana

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