“Dreamy, mysterious and ultimately terrifying…. It does something to you.” —Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
Reminiscent of the riveting true crime classic In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, this is the shocking true story of a group of teenagers who savagely beat a classmate to death and then tried to cover up the crime.
Who were the seemingly ordinary teenagers who beat and killed a girl who longed to be their friend? And how could they hide the murder from their parents and teachers and the police for eight days?
Drawing on six years of research—including interviews with the accused—acclaimed writer Rebecca Godfrey answers these questions in this stunning account of the notorious “Schoolgirl Murder.” Through a skillful blend of hard journalism and riveting narrative, Godfrey takes us into the bedrooms and classrooms of a powerful hip-hop-obsessed clique and the victim who just wanted to belong, then into the police stations and courtrooms where adults—grieving, devastated—must reckon with the shocking crime. Highlighting along the way the deeply entrenched social tensions that provoked the murder, Under the Bridge is more than a true-crime book—it is an unforgettable wake-up call.