Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

23395729Title: Bradstreet Gate
Author: Robin Kirman
Published: July 7, 2015
Pages: 320
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★☆☆

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.]

Alice, Charlie, and Georgia begin their studies at Harvard each with the promise of a bright future. Their paths cross and they quickly form a unique sort of friendship. But when the campus is rocked by the murder of one of their classmates, the secrets that the three of them have kept from each other might prove enough to pull them apart forever. And while they all three want to put the murder behind them when they leave campus, they find that it might just continue to follow them–individually and collectively–until they can find a way to make peace with themselves and each other…

One of the hallmarks here is the vivid characters, which made it very easy to connect to them as a reader. There’s a depth and complexity to each of them, but it is effortlessly presented, which is something I always appreciate when I’m reading. The story here is on the darker side, and I find that many authors will let the plot take the spotlight in these types of stories. But that’s not true here, as this is very much a character-driven story and they shine through all three parts of the novel.

I honestly was hoping for a bit more of a specific resolution when I reached the end of the story. But after reflecting after putting the book down, I think that it does wrap up in a way that is fitting for the tone and nature of the story. There are still some twists and revelations, even if all the answers aren’t given before reaching the back cover.