Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back

Book - 2018
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"We're in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back , and I for one am loving it." --Lee Child

"[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained--until now.

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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9781250151339
Branch Call Number: PARIS B
Characteristics: viii, 291 pages ; 25 cm


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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 26, 2021

While I didn't like this one as much as Behind Closed Doors, it was still a pretty fun read. The main issue I had was the main character from whom's perspective the story is mostly told from was totally annoying and unlikable to me. It didn't stop me from reading and enjoying the story overall.

Jun 22, 2020

Have you ever read a book where you think "It was okay. I liked it." and then find yourself thinking about it and then realize that you enjoyed it much more than you initially thought? I had that experience with this book. Upon reading it, I kept thinking about it and the plot and realized that B.A. Paris pulled her plot twist off in a clever way. I also realized that there was a clue or two thrown in and although I read the words, I missed it but then had my "AHA!" moment a couple of hours after finishing the book. This is also a book, I thought I had figured it out, and was wrong. I love when this happens. I really enjoy when an Author surprises me.

A young Couple, Finn and Layla are traveling through France when they pull over and Finn goes into the restroom. When he comes back to the car, his girlfriend/fiancé is missing. An investigation ensues but Layla is never found. She has completely vanished. Her belongings are still in the car but there is no sign of her. She is never seen or heard from again. What happened to her? Finn is devastated and isolates for a long time.

Finn, is finally ready to move on with his life and has found love again - with Layla's sister, Ellen. Drawn together in their grief, they form a relationship which becomes romantic. Now, they are engaged to be married and everything seems to be going great. Then one day, Ellen finds a missing Russian doll which she lost when she was a child. Only three people know about the Russian Dolls: Ellen, Finn and Layla.

Then Finn also begins to find more Russian dolls and receives messages from an unknown person who later reveals herself as Layla.

Welcome to Finn's nightmare. Is Layla still alive? Is someone toying with him? Why get in touch now? What do the messages and dolls signify? Finn suspects anyone and everyone. Who wouldn't be freaked out.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave!

This book moves at a very nice pace and for me was a fast read. The mystery of what really happened the night Layla went missing and who is leaving behind the dolls and sending email messages really drive the story.

So why not a higher rating? I still felt there were some unanswered questions and the need to suspend some disbelief. I also felt the ending was a little rushed. But overall an enjoyable suspense/thriller/mystery.

Jun 07, 2020

What a clever little thriller!! Ms. Paris never disappoints!

Dec 19, 2019

WOW! Best book I've ever read and I don't care about the sleep I missed by continuing to read! :-)

Nov 14, 2019

Fast paced, and fun to read for most of it. I could suspend my disbelief for many of the implausible actions and personality traits of the characters for most of the book, but the “shocking twist” at the end was just one too many implausible things. It tainted the book for me, leaving me with the feeling that it is just too ridiculous to recommend.

Oct 28, 2019

This book was a super quick read. It's told by a couple of characters and switches back and forth, I had no trouble at all following along. Even a few hours after reading this, I am still thinking about it. The ending was a shocker. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.

Jun 28, 2019

I tried to understand the huge disparities in the reviews -some people loved it, some people hated it. After reading it, I think I understand. All of the major characters are unlikeable, and are unreliable narrators.
But that's kind of what makes the plot work. You know the narrators are unreliable, so it's fun trying to work out what really happened before the author's reveal.
To me this book was very entertaining.

Jan 29, 2019

BORING. REPETATIVE. The characters are annoying, flat, spineless. What a pointless story.

Jan 01, 2019

i think this one.

Dec 02, 2018

Agree that this is similar to Gone Girl, which I didn't like. I barely got through half of this book. The plot is totally implausible and the main characters, particularly Layla, are either vapid or in her case, wicked and self-absorbed. Total waste of time!

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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 26, 2021

I wait for the images to fade, listening for the sound of somebody's presence, a movement from one of the rooms, a floorboard creaking upstairs. But there is only silence, and the dust of hopes never fulfilled, taunting me with what could have been, if only I'd acted differently.

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 26, 2021

Time is an oddity when it comes to memories..


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