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
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
LanguageEnglish
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction
Rating

Reviews To the Bridge

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    1970-01-01
    **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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Heather John
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Marion
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Byethebays
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lisa Davis
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    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".
  • Jean
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    In college I took a class where we read books Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates, about Andrea Yates and The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Question of Justice. I ate these books up. Psychology, abnormal psych, and true crime has always been an interest of mine.When this popped up as an Amazon Firsts option I knew I needed to read it. I had never heard this story and was also curious how a mother - let alone anyone - could ...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kit Donner
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Moe's Book Blog
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Robyn Stribling Augustine
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    Rommelmann is not solving a crime but trying to figure out why Stott-Smith killed one child and attempted to kill another by throwing them off the Sellwood Bridge in Oregon in the middle of the night. This was a compelling read, but would have read more smoothly and been less confusing if the book was put into chronological order. The author jumps around in time which is normally fine but I feel it takes away from this book and causes it to feel ...
  • Nisha
    1970-01-01
    Every story has two sides and in between lies the truth. Amanda was punished for throwing her kids off the bridge but Jason had his part in it, through mental abuse. Three stars bc some of the facts were repeated in each of the three sections of the book. Felt like a waste to rehash what we already knew.
  • Matthew
    1970-01-01
    A True StoryAn engaging read. I am not usually drawn to Non-Fiction accounts but something about this drew my attention. The writing was good enough to lead you through and the story itself is a disturbing drama. What really engaged me though was Rommelmann’s musings about the idea of truth- how each person has there own version according to what they need to exorcise.
  • michael collins
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to like itThe premise was intriguing. The writing is correct, yet seems too clinical and uninspired. There is limited drama or passion on the writer's part. Good non-fiction should read like fiction. I REALLY wanted to like this book. I was only able to get to 33% before I threw in the towel.
  • Hurdie Styles
    1970-01-01
    Plodding and boring I really had to fight to finish this book. Why would you think it is interesting to write a book about a living person who you have never spoken with? You should have just abandoned this project. Amanda made it clear that she didn’t want her story told. This author should have listened to her. Not a good book.
  • Scott S Stuckey
    1970-01-01
    Well written, but the subjects of the book didn't sustain my interest throughout.Didn't finish it. The players in this sad story were dysfunctional but not particularly interesting. Book would've been better if much shorter.
  • Tammy Penkalski
    1970-01-01
    A little long. A little long and redundant. The story itself is interesting but telling it took to much time. I didn’t feel connected to any of the people. It felt like it was written without emotion.
  • Katherine
    1970-01-01
    Why does a mother drop her two small children off a bridge?Rommelman makes her way through the complicated family ties that led to the tragedy. She tells the story from different viewpoints until you begin to see the whole.
  • Claire
    1970-01-01
    It goes all over the place and rambles a bit. I realize true crime, as a genre, is going to go all over the place, but this just wandered too much for my liking. It didn't come to any conclusions that it didn't make in the first three pages.
  • Kathy G
    1970-01-01
    Tough readTough topic. This author made me think seriously about the topic and where fault lies. She didn't lead me to an opinion - she let me form my own.
  • Kristin Jenkins
    1970-01-01
    The book didn't read like I thought it would. It was not written as a novel, but more like a newspaper article over time. Made my trauma-informed/trauma-responsive brain think overtime!
  • Beckimoody Moody
    1970-01-01
    Very hard to read but well done.
  • Dee Cherry
    1970-01-01
    Although it has been a while since I've read a true-crime story, this one held my attention throughout as this horrible crime was recounted. Good background information. I look forward to reading more by this author