Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Publication: June 19th, 2018
Genre: Mystery Thriller
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.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the Publishers for providing me with this ARC of Bring me Back. Wow, don’t let my rating fool you. This book was really good and intense. This is one of those mysteries where I can’t say much because it really would ruin the whole book and you have to go in blind. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is for two reasons. One, the characters and two it just didn’t have that extra oomph. The story starts with a quick backstory about the night his girlfriend Layla disappears but whatever he told the police is a lie. Boom. We are already hooked into the story because how on earth could he lie? What did he lie about? What really happened? I needed answers so I enter into part one. Part one goes back and forth between the present day where he is engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen (WTF I KNOW BUT IT GET’S CRAZIER) and the past of how he met Layla and their time together leading up to that fatal night. But during the present time, a little Russian doll is left on Finn & Ellen’s doorstep which looks suspiciously like the one Layla had. Then another one shows up and another. Add to that Finn receives emails from someone who knows a lot about him and his relationship with Layla. The mysteries keep on coming. Guys the twists and turns are pretty dope and just like Finn, you question everyone. In addition to that, we begin to piece together what happened that night and how it ties in with Finn and Ellen.
I can say with all honesty I was not expecting the final outcome. It left me speechless for a few minutes because I did not know it was coming even the minute before it happened. Like as it was leading up to it in the final pages I still thought something else. It was a really clever and twisted ending. I applaud the author for fooling me in the way they did.
This was where I was a little letdown. The characters were not my favorite and they were a bit forgettable. While I was reading, I enjoyed them somewhat but they won’t be characters that I think about years down the line. There is one character I will think about only because it ties in with the wild ending but I won’t say because it will spoil everything. All I will say is, WOW their mind.
The writing is exciting and keeps me engaged with the story. It was easy to read and I finished the story in three days. I would wait eagerly to get back into the book when I had to stop because I had to know what happened. I enjoyed this story a lot but I do wish it just had better characters that way I could have loved it.
“Everything—all this—would be much easier if Ellen and I had fallen in love with other people instead of each other. It shouldn’t matter that Ellen is Layla’s sister, not when twelve years have passed since Layla disappeared. But, of course, it does.”
“I told you to call me if you needed anything but as I left the room you called me back, and the sound of my name on your lips made my heart start beating faster because there was something in your voice that I’d never heard before; a sort of yearning, a longing, almost.”
“I truly love you, Layla Gray.” “I hope so,” you teased. “You’ve just taken my virginity.”
“Yet there’s one thing that plagues me above all else, and it’s this: if I had truly loved Layla, surely I would have known her anywhere.”