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.
To be completely honest, I almost didn’t write this post. It’s hard reviewing a book that you just weren’t head-over-heels for, but one that you didn’t actively hate to the extent that you regretted reading it. What if you enjoy the writing, but not the story? What if you were completely sucked into the story even though once you finish you’re just not pleased with the outcome? Nevertheless, it is my duty, no, my HONOR to share my honest thoughts with our readers!
This was my first novel by B.A. Paris, and it most certainly will not be my last. I absolutely loved her writing style and her story telling. It was quick, addictive, and had me turning pages as quickly as my schedule would allow. I definitely plan to read her other books and future publications based on the writing factor alone. What can I say… once I like an author’s style, I must read ALL the things!
Unfortunately, the story itself kind of lost me. As you know, I’m the Queen of Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense in the land of Shih Tzus & Book Reviews (self-appointed, but who’s counting?), so I read more than my fair share of the genre. Normally, my complaint is that ending is too predictable. With that complaint, I’m able to move forward and enjoy it if it is housed in a rich backstory and well developed. This one actually did the exact opposite. I would have never guessed the ending in a million years (first time for everything, right?!) because (if I’m being totally honest) I found it to be a bit outlandish. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect my books to be completely realistic (I mean, they are fiction), but I would rather deal with “convenient” events rather than a confusing whirlwind that I just can’t envision happening.
While this was an easily addictive story, it wasn’t exactly my glass of merlot. Let me know if you read this one! I’d love to compare
complaints notes! Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy. All thoughts (good and bad) are my own.