Book Review: Bring Her Home By David Bell

Bring Her HomeBring Her Home By David Bell

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 434 pages
Published: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…

My Thoughts: This book was sitting on my shelve for a while. I decided it was time to finally pick it up since I’d been hearing such good things about it. This is the second book I read by David Bell. I actually didn’t realize at first that I had read one of his books before. I have to say I enjoyed both but right now this is my favorite by him.

Plot:

So this story is about Bill. Bill had recently lost his wife a year and a half ago and now his daughter ends up going missing. Finally a couple days later two girls are discovered in the park. His daughter, Summer, is barley hanging on. As the days pass on a lot of secrets begin to unravel and people aren’t what they seem to be. Bill will do whatever it takes to find out what really happened to Summer.

I have to say right away I really enjoyed this plot. I really liked that it was about a Father trying to figure out what happened to his missing daughter. A lot of thrillers I read it always have to deal with married couples or something from the past ends up resurfacing. So it ended up being nice to switch it up. Plus this story ended up turning into such a shocking treat. I felt like there was just twist after twist which I really enjoyed. Most of the things that happened in the book I did not see coming. I am really happy I didn’t read the summary for this book. I feel like it kinda spoils something that happens in the book.

Characters:

I ended up really enjoying Bill’s character. He may not be the perfect parent and him and Summer had some rough patches. You can tell that he really cared about her. He would do whatever it takes to find out what really happened to Summer. There were times when he would get too angry. I just feel he was very frustrated how things were going with the case and wanted to make sure the police didn’t miss anything.

Speaking about the police in this town, did they mess up a lot. I was honestly surprised they were able to keep their jobs after all the mistakes that they ended up making. I was a little bit shocked. I understand it’s hard to solve a case and you need evidence. I did like that it took them time to figure things out. Yes I know they make mistakes. I just felt things could have been looked into more. In the end I had very mixed feelings about them.

Another character I want to mention is Bill’s sister, Paige. I really liked her relationship with Bill. Even though she had a family of her own she took the time to be there for her brother. He kept telling her she didn’t have to stay but she understood he needed someone now more than ever. I also really enjoyed how real she kept it. Since Bill doesn’t fully understand what it’s like to be a teenage girl, she was there to help him out. I know some of it isn’t what you want to hear as a parent but it’s the truth. So I really respected that she didn’t end up sugarcoating things.

Writing:

I liked how majority of the chapters in this book were so short. I really found myself breezing through the book. I would finish one chapter and then go, “one more chapter.” I ended up doing this so many times. David knows how to keep you in suspense. The chapters would have mini cliffhangers so I’d get invested and couldn’t stop. I have to say he does twists extremely well. I didn’t see any of them coming. I feel I did end up kinda predicting who was behind what happened to Bill’s daughter. There was one character that was in this book that I wasn’t a fan. I feel majority of the time I didn’t really trust them. I didn’t come out right and accuse them. I just knew something wasn’t right.

Audio:

I was happy to see that my library ended up having the audiobook for this. I feel ther narrator did a great job. He gave a great performance. I could feel his emotions. I also kinda felt like he sounded like Bryan Cranston a little bit. So the whole time I ended up reading this book I was picturing him as the father. I feel if this book was ever made into a movie, Bryan Cranston needs to play the father. I feel this would be such a great book to be turned into a movie.

Overall I ended up really enjoying this book. I’m really bummed I ended up taking so long to read it. I added this to my TBR because I kept seeing people say how good it was and it was not to be missed. I will be checking out more books from David. I currently have an e-arc of Somebody’s Daughter which comes out July 10th. I can’t wait to get to that soon.


Have you guys read this book? If so did you end up enjoying it? If not do you think you’ll end up picking it up in the future? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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