“A brilliant, compassionate retelling of a horrific murder"
We’re thrilled that Rebecca Godfrey’s harrowing and deeply reported UNDER THE BRIDGE has been reissued in paperback this summer. The new edition includes an introduction from Mary Gaitskill and an afterword by the author with updates on this fascinating case.
In this “tour de force of crime reportage” (Kirkus Reviews), Godfrey takes us into the hidden world of the seven teenage girls—and boy—accused of a savage murder. As she follows the investigation and trials, Godfrey reveals the startling truth about the unlikely killers. Laced with lyricism and insight, Under the Bridge is an unforgettable look at a haunting modern tragedy.
For more on the book and Rebecca’s experience reporting this remarkable story, find her interviews in The Believer, CrimeReads, and The Paris Review with Leslie Jamison. And don’t miss Rebecca at Center for Fiction on July 24th, talking about adolescent female violence and mean girls with Melissa Febos and Jaquira Díaz—tickets are available here!
Praise for UNDER THE BRIDGE:
“Dreamy, mysterious and ultimately terrifying…. It does something to you.”
– Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
”A brilliant, compassionate retelling of a horrific murder." —O, the Oprah Magazine
"Intelligent . . . insightful . . . will be remembered for years." —Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita
"Both tragic and cathartic." —The New York Times
"Lipstick, platform shoes, and braces have never felt more menacing. The book reads like a breezy bestseller, but it's Godfrey's in-depth reporting that gets under your skin." —GQ
"A modern day Crime and Punishment that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A stunning book that manages to terrify and enlighten at the same time. I reread it on a regular basis to remind myself what the best, most empathetic crime journalist can be like." —Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success
"In this groundbreaking book, Rebecca Godfrey writes with insight and compassion about a startling teens-on-teen crime that prefigures Parkland, Columbine, and Slenderman. She unspools a story that feels only too relevant today — an outsider yearning to fit in, a Queen Bee holding onto her crown, and an unfortunate misfit in the wrong place at the wrong time. A revelation for any lover of teen crime..."
— Stephanie Savage, Co-Creator, Gossip Girl, Marvel’s Runaways
“Godfrey, who mixes novelistic suspense with a journalist’s key eye for detail, does a terrific job of presenting the facts and letting readers decide how to judge the accused.”
“A tour-de-force of true crime reportage. Godfrey reconstructs a horrific murder with a vividness found in the finest fiction, without ever sacrificing journalistic integrity.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Godfrey skillfully blends hard-nosed journalism with a literary lyricism that far and away transcends that of her true-crime colleagues."