Bring Me Back – Review
by: B.A. Paris
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?
Bring Me Back – Review
Russian dolls… That’s all I have to say about that.
This is my second book my Paris, and I must say her writing style keeps me coming back. I enjoyed this one less than The Breakdown, but it was still enjoyable.
Twelve years ago, Layla went missing. No one knows where she went. Was she kidnapped? Murdered? Did she run away? Here and there, we get little glimpses of the past, but not the whole story.
While Bring Me Back was a suspenseful read, I felt it lacked a true thriller aspect. I love the mind-games. However, I think it could have been better executed. It starts out strong, but Bring Me Back ended up falling flat in many areas – including the big reveal. At times, the book was pretty predictable and the ending just didn’t jive well with me. There were so many things that could have been done differently, but mostly the ending seemed a little too unreal.
One thing I really like about this novel is the unreliability of the characters. Sure, the characters themselves are a little underdeveloped, but I like how they are completely unreliable. That is almost a must for me in these types of books.
- November 13, 2018
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