Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B. A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Holy cow, what a ride! This book certainly kept me engaged and wanting to pick it back up every time life got in the way and I had to put it down. I was hooked from the beginning.
Few of the characters were actually likable, but I’m ok with that. I think it makes it easier for them to do questionable things in the story, and some of these characters definitely do questionable things.
Though the story was a bit reminiscent of Gone Girl and other recent thrillers, I still really enjoyed the ride and am looking forward to picking up more books by this author.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press & NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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