With genetic manipulation, hints of magic and the spirit world, and a subtle spattering of the grotesque, The Bridge draws on competing speculative fiction tropes to imagine a world where hidden fears brew and ferment. The Bridge does exactly what its title claims—it bridges liminal spaces between science fiction, fantasy and horror, and blends them to create an eerie, somewhat gothic, world with an Australian twist. . . For fans of neurological programming, witchcraft, blood and horror—The Bridge crosses catastrophic thresholds.Aurealis Magazine
J.S. Breukelaar’s The Bridge may be a challenging read for some, but it is certainly a rewarding one. Breukelaar immediately immerses the reader in a complex world with a complicated protagonist. Information is integrated seamlessly into the plot and everything becomes clearer only as one continues to read. . . .. As Meera’s tale is told, more backstory is revealed. Staying with it is not difficult – Breukelaar’s dark novel is spellbinding – just don’t expect much to be laid out upfront.Locus Magazine.
It feels impossible to attempt to précis this dark, disturbing and complex story without removing the elements of surprise which emerge through the author’s masterly-controlled switches in time, shifts which provided bridges between past and present and which also incorporate an initially rather unsettling, but ultimately very effective, change of tense…what underpins all the magic, mythology, supernatural elements and science fiction is a credible psychological exploration of the wide-ranging themes the story encompasses.NB Magazine