Book Review for BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
St. Martin's Press
☕ ☕ ☕ + 1/2
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A suspense novel with a few twists at the end.
I am starting off this review with the simple fact. B.A. Paris is an amazing writer who has the ability to create twisted and tense narratives which will keep you guessing until the end. In her previous two novels, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and THE BREAKDOWN, I was captivated by the characters and pulled into the stories by building suspense as each page went by. So...now onto BRING ME BACK.
Unlike some of the reviews I was seeing, I didn't hate BRING ME BACK and here is why. The fast paced nature allowed me to devour it all in one sitting which may be why I liked it. The characters were interesting enough, but the context and plot of the story is where I started getting interested in the book. Reading how the author unraveled the layers of lies and secrets to get to the conclusion is where it shined for me. Could there have been more malice or tension? Sure. However, I question why the author didn't do it. We all know she can, so maybe there is more to be said about why she told the story this way.
Bottom line. Is it as good as Paris' first two books? No. Does it have an interesting premise with few twists and turns at the end? Yes. I believe that readers who are looking for what the author brought us in the past may not be happy with this novel. However, I do think it has merit. This one would be for readers who are looking for a lighter psychological thriller with an unusual ending.
I am still a fan of the author's and will continue to read her books. I cannot wait to see what she gives us next.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained―until now.
Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone―never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.
Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him...even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.
Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla―hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive―and on Finn’s trail―what does she want? And how much does she know?
A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.
About the Author: B.A. PARIS is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. She grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Bring Me Back is her third novel.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 19, 2018)
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