Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Genres: Fiction > Mystery/Thriller
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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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?
This review contains no spoilers.
- This book pulls you in right from the start and doesn’t really stop! This is always something that I look for in a thriller.
- This is a majorly plot-driven book, and, while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I thought it was worth mentioning because some people prefer a story where the characters are a little more fleshed out.
- The ending was quite a shock! Towards the end, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was going on, but I was very wrong. It will leave you thinking for sure.
- The secret emails and messages that Finn gets take up a good portion of the book, and, while it’s never boring, I think that it could have all been condensed into a bit of a shorter story.
- While I most definitely didn’t see the end coming, I was a bit disappointed because, while it was in the realm of possibility, it really wasn’t probable at all. I can’t say more than that without spoiling it, but a lot of the details were glossed over and was extremely far-fetched.
Despite the fairly ridiculous ending, I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers and is in the mood for a fast-paced read! I am excited to read more of B.A. Paris’s books.