The Bridge of Dead Things

'Please!' Miss Otis wailed. 'Please! For the love of God, step back!'
And suddenly the man did. A murmur ran through the crowd.
'Did you see that?'
'It looked like a hand!'
'No, not just a hand: an arm. I saw a whole arm!'
'A young girl's arm!'
'Yes! Reaching right out of her! Out through the poor girl's chest!'
'You mustn't touch her!' Miss Otis screeched over the din. 'She is a bridge! She is a bridge and people will cross!'
'A bridge?' murmured Lady Caroline slowly. 'A bridge to the other side?' Light dawned in the big woman's eyes. 'Billy,' she whispered as she clawed her way out of her seat. And even as she dropped to her knees, something small and grey and shadowy was already rising out of my chest to greet her.

Murky Victorian London. Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Blaylock has done her best to fill her absconding mother’s shoes, but her father is lazy and feckless, and her little sister is riddled with tuberculosis. When Lizzie has a fit at school, for which she is expelled, she and those around her slowly begin to realize that she may have special powers…powers to communicate with the dead.

Cover photographs by Captain Console, Harris & Ewing, Inc, and whatsthatpicture
Cover design by Negative Negative
Published by Seventh Rainbow Publishing, London
RRP: US$0.99; UK£0.99

Praise for The Bridge of Dead Things:


5 of 5 starsI absolutely loved it! I don't give out 5 stars very often, but I did for this book! It grabbed me from the start and didn't let go...Mysteries abound and Gallagher does an amazing job creating an atmosphere of rising fear and creepiness...I hope that there are many more additions to the Lizzie Blaylock series because I now consider myself a firm fan!
—Suzy Schettler LibraryThing Early Reviewer


5 of 5 starsThis was SO good!...Gallagher always does his homework and you can feel how much he loves this era and these characters.
—Chris Keen LibraryThing Early Reviewer


5 of 5 stars...a fantastically detailed historical fiction novel ~ rich with period details from 1800 London, colorful characters, AND a very gripping ghostly tale...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.
—Paula Fetty-King Smashwords Reviewer


5 of 5 starsThe ins and outs and what-just-happeneds will keep you turning the pages...
—Nightwing LibraryThing Early Reviewer


5 of 5 starsA very engaging story full of psychics and ghosts and Victorian technology. I cannot wait to read the next installment...
—Ricki readingchallenged.blogspot.co.uk Goodreads Reviewer


5 of 5 starsI was amazed by the authors accurate depiction of the 1800s. He does it in a way that you feel as though you are back in time.
—Melissa P. LibraryThing Early Reviewer


5 of 5 starsI have got to say, these books are unlike any other I have read...almost impossible to put down.
—Helene Gårdsvold Amazon.com Reviewer


4.5 of 5 starsIf you're a fan of the old penny dreadful (like Sweeney Todd) then you'll enjoy reading about Lizzie Blaylock and what happens to her...Unlike the penny dreadfuls the characters are fully drawn and the plot is cohesive.
—astults LibraryThing Early Reviewer


4 of 5 starsThis is a terrific first book for Mr. Gallagher. It's listed as a YA title, and I think that's exactly where it belongs. It is an outstanding introduction to several genres that are traditionally set outside the realm of YA, the most significant of which is that of the gothic.
—Robb Flynn robbflynn.com LibraryThing Early Reviewer


4 of 5 starsI thoroughly enjoyed this unusual and intriguing YA book...As well as an entertaining read, there is just a subtle hint of a deeper reading of the story; the risk of exploitation of girls 'coming of age'.
—Diana J Febry Amazon.co.uk Reviewer


4 of 5 starsA good deal of background and detail, sometimes subtle detail, go into developing the characters and narrative throughout the tale...Without giving too much plot away, I will just say this, the underlying mysteries/dilemmas are interwoven nicely.
—catya77 LibraryThing Early Reviewer


4 of 5 starsI enjoyed this book very much. The author described the surroundings incredibly well, and the characters were developed nicely. I was able to "see" the furnishings, clothing, even the people, in vivid detail--and I don't have the best imagination...I look forward to a follow up by this author.
—Shelly Wills LibraryThing Early Reviewer


4 of 5 starsVery nice re-enactment of the Victorian era, and a cast of very interesting and compelling characters.
—zjordi LibraryThing Early Reviewer


4 of 5 starsThis is an interesting, enjoyable YA novel...I liked the way writer tied different weird events together...
—Bibash Sapkota LibraryThing Early Reviewer