To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann

To the Bridge

The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children? On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for bloo...

Details To the Bridge

TitleTo the Bridge
Release DateJul 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery

Reviews To the Bridge

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    **Mild spoilers since it’s a true story and the outcome is public knowledge.**Seven-year-old Trinity and her three-year-old brother Eldon’s mother Amanda threw them off a ninety-foot bridge. Trinity’s cries alerted near by residents who rescued her. Eldon did not survive. Amanda later plead guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated attempted murder to avoid the death penalty.Journalist Nancy Rommelmann attempts to deconstruct what caused A...
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    I rarely read “true crime” because so often the stories end up as cheesy Lifetime movies or Hollywood clunkers starring Harrison Ford in a moment of lèse majesté. The other problem I found in the few I sampled was the overt sensationalism from first to last, reminiscent of the National Enquirer headlines.But that was then, and now I decided to try true crime again. I admit I had no particular interest in discovering why the subject of this ...
  • Marion
    Waste of Ink & PaperThere's not much in this book you can't find doing some Googling on the Internet. Heavy on reruns of already published information and devoid of anything new except for the author's opinions and a few quotes from the son of the murderer at the very end of the book. She pretty much glides right on past the two central issues of the story: domestic violence and related meth/drug abuse.I've read true crime books for over 30 years...
  • Lynda Kelly
    This was my Kindle First (or whatever they call it these days) choice for June. It's not often a true-crime book makes that list so I was delighted. I made a great choice. It's a fascinating tale and not one I'd heard of before. Many other cases that are similar were alluded to but I knew of them. (As an aside, I was pleased to see Mikal Gilmore referenced as I never see anyone mention his great book).It's rare I feel a jot of sympathy for the cr...
  • Heather John
    TO THE BRIDGE is stunning in its compassion and unrelenting reporting of what led Amanda Stott-Smith to drop her two young children from the Sellwood Bridge, killing her four-year-old son and seriously injuring her daughter, who miraculously survived. I noticed that author Nick Flynn blurbs TO THE BRIDGE, placing the work alongside two highly impactful books, “In Cold Blood” and “Executioner’s Song.” The Mailer is remarkable in its toxi...
  • Jonathan Maas
    A difficult book - that is necessaryMany true crime books have an element of adventure to them. A mobster rises in the ranks, a serial killer is hunted by a detective.To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann is not one of those books. There is no joy, no thrill, no happy ending.I am reminded by Koba the Dread by Martin Amis - the biography of Stalin. There is no nobility in the tale, and all the reader does is root for someone to come along and prevent ...
  • Sandy from Alaska Colón
    I would give this book a 3.5. I did find it interesting, but I felt the author went into too much details about things that had nothing to do with the story, but rather with the author’s own life. Despite that, there was a lot to like about this book. I felt that she described the lives of all involved. I really liked when she explained about sociopaths. She also explored a little about how society reacts to this kind of crime differently when ...
  • Lisa Davis
    I think the problem with true crime is often that reality just can't compare with fantasy. Stories don't come together neatly, as they do in fiction. The endings aren't what we want. There is often a sense of lingering unfulfillment, and questions that are never answered. I have read most of Amazon's First Reads true crime novels, and none have ever gripped me so much as this one. The story that was slowly revealed was profoundly disturbing, shoc...
  • Monisha
    I picked this up wanting to try to understand how any mother could want to kill her children. After reading this I am still wondering how. It's a detailed account of the life and struggles of the mother and father and provides various perspectives of the situation but the heart of the matter is never quite resolved or understood. Guess that's real life.
  • Susan
    Well WrittenThe author did a good job telling this story. Sometimes true crime stories can get a bit boring with transcripts and trial testimony. This book flowed nicely. Unfortunately, this is a sad story about so many messed up people. Amanda is where she deserves to be "prison". I do believe she has some form of mental illness but she knew right from wrong. Not like in the case of Yates, who is severely mentally ill. The thing that really make...
  • Susan
    Riveting ReadingA psychological analysis of an incomprehensible crime. This book seeks to go beyond the superficial knee jerk reaction to find the answer to "why".
  • Jennifer
    This was a book I got for free as part of Amazon Prime's "free book" of the month. (I think this program is called Kindle First.) These books can be hit and miss. Sometimes you get a real gem, but often the books aren't so good. Unfortunately, that was the case with this book.The book is about a case in Portland, Oregon where a mother dropped her two children off of a bridge in the middle of the night. One child survived ... the other drowned. Th...
  • Monica
    This is not my type of story at all but it was a kindle first read and I needed to read a book for my reading on true crime so I gave it a try. This book is short but it was not easy to get through. First of all it just made me sad that people like this exist in the world. Amanda had many problems and had an abusive husband but this in no way excuses what she did. Especially in this day an age when their is so much support and so much recognition...
  • Byethebays
    To the Bridge attempts to answer that we all have about mothers that kill their children. Why? How could a mother do this unfathomable act? I think the majority of us accept that the mother must be insane to do that but still questions linger. Where was the dad, her family, her friends? Could anyone have seen this coming? Could anyone have stopped this from happening?Nancy Rommelmann presents a compelling case that there was plenty of warning sig...
  • Briana
    This was my Kindle First Reads choice for June. After recently reading "I'll Be Gone In The Dark" by Michelle McNamara, my mind was in a "true crime" mode and I thought this would be an interesting read. I don't remember hearing the news reports about Amanda Stott-Smith throwing her two children off of a bridge in Oregon. But apparently, in 2009, she did. Her 4 year-old son, Eldon, died, but her daughter, Trinity, survived. Amanda ends up pleadin...
  • Jeanine
    It's easy to avoid books, news, and stories about bad things happening to children, particularly when their mother is the culprit, but Nancy Rommelmann decided it was time to dig in and make an effort to really understand why something like this happens.And while we will never truly understand, I do think Rommelmann was able to construct a pretty good narrative as to how a mother might one night decided to throw her two children off the side of a...
  • Kathleen
    I chose this book as one of the Kindle first-reads. It caught my eye because I remember this event well when I was living in Portland, and connected with it because my youngest was also four years old, the same age as Eldon, who was murdered by his mother. Looking back it was also kind of amazing how quickly the event dropped out of the news cycle, so I was interested to learn more details about the events leading up to and after the incident. Th...
  • Jean
    Toxic Collusion Between Two ParentsTo the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann is a true crime story of horrific proportions. No, it is not an iconic tale like Capote's In Cold Blood, which one can read over and over for its dramatic effects as well as for its terrible beauty. Rather, it is a very thorough collection of facts about a mother who threw two of her children off of a bridge in Oregon. It covers what happened after, and what led up to this dread...
  • JLOX
    Received from: June Amazon Prime First ReadsRecommend for: true crime fansI have not heard of this case or book. I was appalled as most people would be at the crime. How could someone just throw their children off of a bridge and walk away, leaving them for dead? Of course, one thinks of notable cases such as Diane Downs convicted of shooting her "kids" and Susan Smith convicted of drowning her children. It does happen and probably more frequentl...
  • Kit Donner
    Disjointed and InconclusiveThe writing is disjointed and inconclusive, mostly because of the author's decision to tell the story in the order that she obtained the information. This was a reasonable choice in terms of clarifying the efforts involved in researching the book, and in convincing the reader that the researching was thorough and unbiased. In a simpler, more clear cut situation, with a skillful writer like the author, the author's concl...
  • Autumn
    This book was interesting in the fact that it is a true story of a mother who murdered her youngest child and almost her middle. It was an interesting take on showing the path of abuse and what it can really do to someone. They were both toxic for each other and the kids were unfortunately in the line of fire a lot of the times especially the oldest. This woman felt completely defeated and felt like the kids would be in a better place without hav...
  • Moe's Book Blog
    To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann is a true crime novel or according to the author "reported non-fiction" with reconstructed true events.Journalist Nancy Rommelmann writes an interesting account of what took place on that fateful night on May 23, 2009 when Amanda Stott-Smith dropped her four and seven year old children from the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Amanda, battling depression and substance abuse, lived with her parents after her m...
  • Noemie
    Thank you Amazon Publishing for this free copy to review! #partnerWhen I originally heard about this book, I was really excited to read it because I'm a huge true crime junkie, and this happened about 2 hours from my home town. I remember hearing about this in the news & being bewildered as to how someone could do this. Nancy Rommelmann asked herself the same question.While Nancy is never able to speak directly to Amanda Stott-Smith & ask her why...
  • Nyx
    3.5 out of 5This was my Amazon First Read for June.I've read people complaining that most of the book can be found in online interviews, and I honestly few this misses the point.Nancy Rommelmann describes the years of work she did attempting to understand why Amanda Stott dropped her son and her daughter from a bridge. Although, by the end of the story, there isn't a clear answer and Rommelmann doesn't attempt to give one. We are left to come to ...
  • cheryl
    Blame both, momma & daddy. I give this book 3 *** . Maybe it deserves more. I don't think I've ever known two people who were so of made for each other. Talk about a toxic relationship. This whole story is sad and it didn't even have to turn out this way. And I'll say this, this is much of Jason's fault as it was for Amanda. I can see clearly what he set out to do, and he was very successful. He blamed her and she blamed him. Goes to show you tha...
  • Cari
    To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder was my Kindle First Read for June 2018. Nancy Rommelmann wrote this true crime book about Amanda Stott-Smith, a deeply troubled woman who threw her two small children off of a bridge into a swift, icy river in Portland, Oregon in 2009. Instead of simply focusing on the events of that tragic night and the ensuing trial and sentencing, Rommelmann went several years back into Amanda's history in o...
  • Nicole
    300 pages of interesting but ineffective theorization about what made Ananda Stott-Smith snap. The author, a journalist by trade, did a great job on the research and definitely put in the time and the effort, but lacking experience in filling a book, she becomes repetitive and redundant, clearly striving for quantity over quality. Though the reader is looking for some definitive resolution to the case, what the reader gets instead is an intense h...
  • Holly Mowery
    Kindle First Read for June. Very interesting perspective on such a tragic, dark subject. Today, we often see many stand up for more mental health awareness with the suicide rates going up; however we crucify those who commit horrific acts of crime against others without any idea of what lead them to that point or any part the disease may have played in their decision. Why crucify first instead of asking why or what brought them to this point? Esp...
  • Robyn Stribling Augustine
    Emotional Read - SpoilerI usually don't pick True Crime as my First Read pick of the month. I started this late last night and finished it early this morning. I couldn't put it down. As the writer described, the relationship between Amanda and Jason was so toxic. There was such a history of alcohol and drug abuse, emotional abuse, and violence in this relationship. Something bad was destined to happen if something didn't change. I'm happy to see ...
  • Kira
    This took me quite a while, compared to my regular pace, to get through. I really had to pay attention, unpack, and absorb this true story, the details behind the horrific event. And I'm glad, because it was an excellent read. I'd only heard about this on the news when it happened, and never really read more about it. Amanda's story as recounted from various people throughout her life is heartbreaking and sad, but very much worth reading. I truly...