Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Date Started: July 6, 2018
Date Finished: July 8, 2018
*I would like to thank the publisher, author, and NetGalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
It’s summer time, and that means it’s time for summer suspense and mystery season! To kick it off, I started with Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris. This is her third novel, but the first I have had the pleasure to read (and have since been informed that I must read her debut novel), and it was a wild ride.
Taking place in England, the story alternates between the past and present for Finn, and additionally from the view of Layla: Finn’s girlfriend that went missing twelve years ago, and is presumed dead. Shortly after Finn proposes to Ellen (Layla’s sister) he starts receiving mysterious emails and other clues that imply that Layla may actually still be alive and leads him to inspect everything he had assumed about the past decade.
While I was able to figure out the mystery before too long, it didn’t stop me from reading the entirety of the novel over the course of a weekend. The pacing was fast and action-driven and left me with that feeling that thrillers do, like stepping off a literary amusement ride. Even though I saw the ending coming, I was left feeling disoriented and wobbly once the last page was turned. This was surely an addictive, fulfilling summer read!
Overall, 3/5 moose