Crossing the Bridge by Michael Baron
Summary: Hugh Penders has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade since his brother Chase died in a car accident. He carries with him two secrets that he has never been able to share with anyone: that he believes he might have been able to prevent the accident, and that he was deeply in love with Chase's girlfriend, Iris.
When Hugh's father suffers a debilitating heart attack, Hugh must return to the New England home he's been running away from for the past ten years. One day, he encounters Iris - who has long since moved away - on the street. They begin a friendship and Hugh believes he's falling in love with Iris all over again.
But the ghost of Chase haunts both of them. And when each reveals a truth the other never knew, their lives, their vision of Chase, and their chances for a future together will change forever.I really liked this book, I was hooked from the very first page, the first chapter intrigued me plot-wise but for me I found the rest of the book to be really character driven - even if the plot isn't the usual style of book that I'm into, the characters were so well written that it kept me turning the pages.
The story itself was really quite heartbreaking - I think one of lifes greatest tragedies is having to talk about someone you loved in the past tense and it was basically like a love triangle where one of the corners is dead but their presence is still very much there, making the characters hold something back and seeing Iris and Hugh's characters work through that was really sweet and sad, I was rooting for them from the very start.
I'm not entirely sure what else I could say about the book, but I liked it and I would definitely read some of Michael's other books sometime in the future and you should check them out.
Reading next (so expect a review for it soon): My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey