Review: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Source: Free ARC from St. Martin’s Press

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.


9 Replies to “Review: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris”

    • I’m tryin’, Susan, I’m tryin’! Now to get caught up on the unwritten reviews and find some time to actually read so I don’t run out of material. 🤣🤣🤣

  1. Wonderful review. I have read the two previous books and enjoyed them both. This one has had mixed reviews, so it is nice to see your review and rating. I need to read this one, I just wish I had more time.

  2. Great review!
    I did like the Breakdown, so i got this one when it was on the kindle sale. Haven’t read it yet.
    The previous books was one of those “ok” books, it was a super fast read and quite addictive, but at the same time i wasn’t extremely fond of the characters.

    • Unlikable characters always make for a difficult read for me. But super fast and addictive sounds good to me! I preferred Bring Me Back to Breakdown. Interested to see if you feel the same.

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