Bring Me Back By B.A. Paris
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 336 pages
Publication Date: June 19th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Plot: A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.
Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.
As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
My Thoughts: I had previously read The Breakdown By B.A. Paris last year and I loved it. So I was super excited when Bring Me Back on Netgalley. I just knew I had to request. Of course B.A. Paris does it once again! I ended up really enjoying this book a lot.
The story is about Finn who has a successful career and has just recently purposed to his girlfriend, Ellen. Things are going good for him but his past still haunts him. Years ago, Finn’s ex-girlfriend, Layla ended up going missing while they were on vacation in France. Nobody has seen Layla since then. Layla also happens to be Ellen’s sister. Now back to the present, these little Russian dolls start popping up. Only Ellen, Finn, and Layla know the significance of them. Finn begins to question if Layla has come back after all this or if the person who kidnapped Layla so many years ago is playing games with him.
I really enjoyed this story. I felt like it kept me on my toes. I ended up reading it very quickly because I ended up having so many questions. I needed to know if it was actually Layla or if it was someone who was just messing with Finn. I felt B.A. Paris is great at revealing information. She knows how to give you the right amount of information with out giving too much away. So that really kept me hooked on this book. I was surprised that I actually figured out one of the reveals of this book. I feel I am usually oblivious to certain things and I’ll have my guesses but I’m usually wrong. It was nice to be right for once. Even though I figured out a major part of the book it didn’t ruin my experience because there was more to the reveal. So I only figured out a little part. I was still very surprised by the end of the book.
I have to say when I first started reading this I thought the main character was a female. I guess I am just always use to there usually being a female main character. Not to say I wasn’t disappointing in the male main character. I wasn’t a huge fan of him. At the beginning of the book you learn he’s a decent guy but he does have some anger issues. So I found that to be a bit unsettling at times. I did end up liking the side characters more. They were very supportive of Finn and all he was going through. I did like that they really cared for him and had his back no matter what. I feel it’s always very important to have a good support system. Especially since Finn has gone through so much.
I said previously how much I enjoyed B.A. Paris’s writing. She does a very good job at pacing the book. She slowly releases shock bombs. She let’s those sink in and describes it. She ends up giving you more detail about the information that you just learned. Then when she feels you’re not expecting it she releases another shock bomb. It kept me intrigued the whole book. I didn’t want to put this book down. Especially when I got to the end. I was dying to know what happened and had to stop a couple of times and it was torture. I felt she wrapped up the story very nicely. I ended up really enjoying the ending a lot.
Overall I thought this was such a great read. B.A. Paris is becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for this book to come out on June 19th so you all can read it. My friend that I buddy read this with, Jenna from J.K. I’m Exploring, picked our next buddy read and it’s Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. I can’t wait to say I read all of B.A. Paris’s books. She is such a talented author. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
*Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
Have you guys read this book early? If so did you end up enjoying it? If not are you planning to pick it up when it comes out? I would love to hear from you guys in the comments below.