Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my free review copy.
Goodreads 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. 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…
Review: B.A. Paris easily became an auto-buy author for me after reading Behind Closed Doors. Then last year The Breakdown was the first Netgalley I was ever approved to read. I was so excited and I ended up loving Paris’ follow up novel even more than her debut (and I know that’s an unpopular opinion). Naturally, I was ecstatic to receive a review copy of her newest novel, Bring Me Back, mixed reviews or not. I was pleased to find that her writing drew me right in, just like with her previous novels. The combined back and forth between past and present and multiple narrators is always a plus in my book. I found the creepy Russian dolls to be a unique way of creating the feeling of unease. I remember having my own set as a child, and never would have thought they could cause such a sense of dread and apprehension. The build up was fantastic; I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was reading it at work, and I remember when I got to the last thirty pages just crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t get called away to do something. That being said, I felt that the ending was a bit of a let down. It felt a little too unrealistic to me, which brought my rating down. I’m still 100% a B.A. Paris fan, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Overall Rating: 3.5/5