After a Harvard professor is accused of the murder of one of his students, three friends must band together to put the pieces of that fateful night back into place. In Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman, mystery and secrets combine. This is a novel that I received from Blogging For Books.
Georgia, who just so happened to be having a love affair with the accused professor, doesn’t believe he had anything to do with the murder of Julie Patel. Though the man was a little eccentric, she feels that there is no way he would do something so heinous.
Charlie has been in love with Georgia since the first time he laid eyes on her. He thinks that the professor is a little bit of a creep, and thought that he was off since the beginning of his Harvard career, always saying weird things to students, showing up at random places, the list goes on.
Alice, whose envy of Georgia is hidden away, just like her mental illness, goes on a wild goose chase to talk to Julie, the murdered student’s, mother to uncover any dirt that she can.
After ten years, on the anniversary of Julie’s death, a college journalist shows up at Georgia’s home, in a moment that brings the past screeching to the present like a freight train. All the memories, lies and secrets come to light, even after all these years.
The pretentious people in this book got on my nerves a little bit, but I looked past it as I understand that’s the place they needed to come from. I’m not one to like those types of people in my real life, so that was off-putting to begin with. This book was pretty good, I liked the fact that it switched back and forth between characters, as well as past and present. In this tangled web of lies, deceit, jealousy and the challenges of adulthood, each character must come to grips with their own role with their relationships, and uncover the truth of what happened the night Julie Patel was murdered. This story was eloquently told, but at times I felt the author was dangling a carrot in front of me, that I couldn’t ever quite snatch.
This book gets 4 out of 5, it was a lovely, well written tale, but I feel unfulfilled at the same time.