Book Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction, Mystery
Pub Date: 06/19/18
A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.
Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.
As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
BA Paris’s Bring Me Back will be released on June 19, 2018, but when I received word that St. Martin’s Press was sending me a review copy, I screamed and jumped for joy. If you know anything about me, you’d know that BA Paris is one of my favorite authors. She slayed me in Behind Closed Doors, she scared me with The Breakdown, and I was sure she would provoke me with Bring Me Back . Coming off the high from her first two novels, I was certain we would get another strong female lead dealing with some sort of dire conflict, but I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that this book is vastly different from anything she’s ever published. Bring Me Back ‘s story differs greatly from the first two novels written by Ms. Paris—Finn McQuaid is a successful business man, engaged to his perfect fiance Ellen, and with a dark past that still haunts him. Finn’s ex girlfriend Layla has been missing for over a decade. After a night’s drive gone wrong, Finn and Layla are separated from each other and Finn is forced to contact the authorities about his love’s disappearance. Flash-forward to the present day, Finn’s personal life has changed for the better. With Finn’s life gearing towards a harmonious future, sometimes your past has a way of creeping back in. Finn has everything to lose if the past he so deeply hid starts unraveling, and he will do anything to keep his secrets at bay.
My emotions were literally all over the place as I was reading Bring Me Back and for that, I thank you Ms. Paris! I would recommend picking this book up as a beach read (perfect since it’s being released right before summertime) because it’s not too long of a story, and the narrative goes rather quickly. You’ll start noticing that you are already halfway done with the story within a blink of an eye (or maybe that’s just me #nerd). Although I was surprised at the dismal level of suspense in this story and the lack of character development that I’m used to from Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, I thoroughly enjoyed the creep-factor provided by some of the actions done by the characters in this story. Without giving away too much, I never realized how scary Russian stacking dolls could be if used in the right element. Seriously, I was getting Annabelle vibes from that aspect alone. The elements and tools provided in this story are exceptionally portrayed. They are strong and defining traits that not only drove the story, but also deeply engaged me in the focus of the plot. The story is told in a very interestingly different portrayal than I’m used to as well, which also provides a good level of mystery. You won’t know who to root for in this light mystery and ultimately, that’s what I call “thriller goals”.
Bring Me Back will be released on June 19, 2018 so let’s spill the tea after you pick it up, because let’s be honest—we all know you are going to. It’s BA PARIS, boo! I can’t wait to see what you think of it.