The Bridge of Dead Things

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
Murky Victorian London. 13-year-old Lizzie Blaylock is having a rough time. Her dad’s been fired, her sister has tuberculosis, and she just had some sort of fit at school for which she’s been expelled. When she has another fit, however, she and those around her slowly begin to realise that she may have special powers…powers to communicate with the dead. More

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About Michael Gallagher

Michael Gallagher is the author of The Bridge of Dead Things and The Scarab Heart, the first two books in a series of novels featuring the young Victorian ghost channeler Lizzie Blaylock. Originally intended for the YA market, his historically based works have gained a much wider audience, appealing to children and adults alike. He is also the author of the extremely popular Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts, an illustrated guide to 19th century spiritualism.
Michael is a teacher at Bede, a London-based charity that works with the local community, where he has taught adults with learning disabilities for the past twenty-odd years. He’s an avid reader who used to clock up fifty plus books per year, though this has slowed down considerably of late. For ten years he belonged to the large and successful reading group at Rotherhithe Library in Southwark, which transferred to a new home when Canada Water Library opened in 2011. He now attends a Crime and Thrillers group there.
Visit his website to discover interviews, articles, plus a wealth of historical background material to his wonderful novels.

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Reviews

Review by: Monica Fellowes on Jan. 14, 2014 :
Eliza Blaylock, Lizzie, is having a rough time. Her dad's been fired; her sister has tuberculosis; she just had some sort of fit at school for which she's getting kicked out and having to start working. When she has another fit, slowly she and those around her begin to realize that she may have special powers to communicate with the dead.

While not action packed, it's not exactly that kind of story. There are parts containing a good deal of action, but this is a primarily character driven story.

A good deal of background and detail, sometimes subtle detail, go into developing the characters and narrative throughout the tale.

Scenery is time appropriate and described with flair.

Without giving too much plot away, I will just say this, the underlying mysteries/dilemmas are interwoven nicely.

Overall, a fun read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Heskin on Nov. 25, 2013 :
I read this in one sitting. I found it captivating and exciting.

Lizzie is an intriguing protagonist - well realised.
The London described felt real and story was quite thrilling.

And more to the point, the story felt complete - no loose ends!!
But my appetite was whetted for further adventures and am relieved that the sequel is ready. yeah!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Larabird on Nov. 03, 2013 :
The events described here in this most fascinating story of Lizzie, our young Victorian heroine, reflects the beliefs of an age when anything supernatural could happen and did. Do read this and stretch your imagination. It's a wonderful tale of a young girl's 'powers' and will stay in your memory for a long time. The ending isn't an ending - more is to come
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Paula Fetty-King on Oct. 05, 2013 :
I originally picked this book up looking for a ghost tale. What I got was a fantastically detailed historical fiction novel ~ rich with period details from 1800 London, colorful characters, AND a very gripping ghostly tale. This book was branded YA, which I could see since the protagonist is a young girl (13 or 14), but beware ~ this is no 'love triangle' YA book, or 'OMG, I just had my first kiss' kind of YA. This is a well written, entertaining story about a young girl who has powers she doesn't understand. As usual with the young and naive, there are always those looking to exploit. I especially detested the 'wolf in sheep's clothing' in this story, and could not have been happier with the outcome they found for themselves. The haunting mystery in this book, drew me in and I was very satisfied when given answers to ALMOST all the questions swimming around my mind. I was both shocked and pleased to find this book to be only the first in a series, so I am eager to get my hands on the second installment.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, or a good thriller. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna R on June 26, 2013 :
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was eerie but not horrifying which was a plus for me. I enjoyed the quality of the medium's gift; not too fantastical or cheap. The characters and storyline were well developed and came together nicely by the end of the book. I would definitely recommend this book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Midge Mum on April 10, 2013 :
I loved this book. As soon as I saw it was about Victorian mediums and seances I knew I had to have it. I read the sample I downloaded in one sitting then downloaded the whole thing. I had some misgivings that a few of the storylines seemed to peter out near the beginning but I was wrong to worry. They all resurfaced as the plot twists developed and were nicely tied up by the end.
Lizzie Blaylock makes a feisty young protagonist and all the characters really leapt off the page. They’re charming, funny, flawed and frustrating in turns. I loved Albert. I even loved to hate the awful Violet.
Be warned: this is not your average YA paranormal. There isn’t a vampire or were in sight. Nor is there even a sniff of steampunk about the Victorian setting. But it’s a real page turner with a great story. I was dreading reaching the end. My one consolation is there’s apparently a second book on the way. Till then you know what I’ll be rereading.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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