Bring Me Back: A Novel

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Twelve years ago, Finn made a quick pit stop to go to the bathroom on a road trip with his girlfriend, Layla. When he returned, she was gone without a trace, and as the years pass by, everyone assumes she is dead – until now, after Finn becomes engaged to Layla’s older sister, Ellen. All of a sudden, mysterious clues and messages appear for Finn, bringing him back to the question of what really happened to Layla on that fateful night twelve years ago.

Fans of B.A. Paris’s previous books – Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown – will know that she tends to craft uniquely mysterious novels with unexpected twists and turns. And the first third of Bring Me Back does just that; it draws in readers with intrigue and lingering questions that make the book impossible to put down. But then comes part two, and everything falls flat. Any hovering mystery abruptly dissipates, and by the time part three rolls around, the predictable ending is delivered using one of the worst writing techniques an author can employ. Paris generally delivers enjoyable thrillers, but Bring Me Back feels amateur – hopefully it will prove to be a mere speed bump in her otherwise strong repertoire of writing.

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Author B. A. Paris
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publish Date 2018-Jun-19
ISBN 9781250151339
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Issue September 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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