August 17, 2018

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris ~ #BookReview

August 17, 2018 

Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Release Date: June 19, 2018  
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Thriller

Source: Copy for review from publisher 

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My Rating:  


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. 

I wasn't so sure about Bring Me Back at first. I started reading it right after The Breakdown, and that book was so stunning and amazing that this one didn't quite catch me in the same way, at least not in the beginning. I worried I wouldn't end up liking it, but I soon found myself caught up in the story. 

If you've happened to read any of my reviews, then you know I love unreliable narrators, and Finn definitely isn't someone I trusted all the way. I knew some of his POV was leaving out parts of the truth, and I spent a good deal of time thinking about what those missing parts in his story could be. 

Bring Me Back was going to be a three star read for me, but the ending was so surprising it made this book four stars. I loved Paris's writing and characters, just not as much as her first two books. But that ending though! I'm stoked to see what Paris releases next. She's become one of my auto-buy authors, and in the meantime while I'm waiting, I'll likely reread her books again. 

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  1. Sometimes the ending makes the book worth reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. So true! That's why I can never seem to DNF a book - I'm always worried I'll miss a great ending.


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