Author: B. A. Paris
Publish Date: June 19, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Domestic Thriller
Hardcover: 304 pages
My Rating: 5 stars
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. 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. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?
Bring Me Back is another 5 star page turner from the author who blew me away with Behind Closed Doors. The hashtag on social media for her latest book is #forgetsleep and I couldn’t agree more. Don’t go into the last quarter of the book unless you have an afternoon to finish it – it’s that gripping!
The first part of the book alternates between Now, when Finn is engaged to Ellen and secret messages, clues, and warnings regarding Layla’s disappearance start popping up, and between Before. In the Before chapters we get snippets of Finn and Layla’s relationship before the disappearance. The second part of the book switches gears a bit regarding the alternating POV’s, but to spell it out for you would spoil it. This book was a cat and mouse game with unreliable narrators, twists and turns, and a well crafted plot that will keep you turning the pages.
Some readers may find the story a little far fetched – there were some implausibilities that frustrated me a little bit in the beginning, but that’s the beauty of reading – let yourself get caught up in it and enjoy the ride. This is a solid, page turning psychological thriller from an author who is a new favorite of mine. This book doesn’t come out until June 19, 2018, but put it on your summer reading list for sure!
*** Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.