Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Source: Free ARC from St. Martin’s Press
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from St. Martin’s Press. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Synopsis: Finn’s first engagement ended painfully when his fiancée, Layla, went missing at a rest stop in France. Initially accused of having something do with her disappearance, he retreated into a small community and built a life for himself. Years later, his fiancée assumed dead, he meets her sister Ellen for the first time at a memorial for Layla and they unexpectedly connect. Now they are living together and engaged when some odd things begin to happen, things that lead him to believe Layla may be alive after all, returned for some reason, and playing some sort of game with him. Fearful that he won’t be believed, he keeps the strange messages to himself, until he can’t anymore. Could Layla really be alive? If so, why return now, after all these years? Why play these games rather than show herself? Why contact him and not her sister? If it isn’t her, who is doing this to him and why?
Review: Bring Me Back is my second read of B.A. Paris’s work, and so far, my favorite. Though it had one shortcoming that cost it a star, 4 stars is still an excellent rating in my book! In the beginning, there are so many questions about what really happened at that rest stop, and the truth is revealed in small snippets throughout the story. Just when you think you know what’s happening, new information comes to light to flip the story around, until you no longer trust your instincts. In the end, one of my suspicions was confirmed, though the details were a bit questionable. In fact, my one issue with the story hangs on that particular detail, as it was my sole argument for why what I was thinking couldn’t be true. That concern was not addressed properly, and my logical brain just can’t let it go.
If you liked The Breakdown, I suspect you’ll enjoy Bring Me Backeven more. The conflict resolution, though questionable, is also uncommon, making this particular story wholly original.