Book Review – Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back

Author: B.A. Paris
Published: June 19th 2018 by HQ
Genre: Mystery / Trhiller

Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and St Martin’s Press.

Bring Me Back

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday. They’re driving along the highway when they decide to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out, 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?

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B.A. Paris

B.A. Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher. Behind Closed Doors was her first novel.

B.A. Paris is opgegroeid in Engeland en heeft het grootste gedeelte van haar volwassen leven doorgebracht in Frankrijk. Ze heeft in de financiële sector gewerkt en ze is lerares geweest. Achter Gesloten Deuren was haar eerste boek.

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A suspenseful and mysterious page-turner

I’ve wanted to read a book by B.A. Paris for a while now, but I never got to it. When I received an e-ARC of Bring Me Back I was eager to read it.

Bring Me Back starts off with Finn McQuaid, who is telling about how he was on holiday in France with his girlfriend Layla. On their way back to Devon, they stopped the car at a picnic area in the middle of the night. Finn went to the bathroom and when he came back, Layla was no longer waiting for him in the car. She disappeared.

This was twelve years ago. Now Finn is living together with Ellen, his new girlfriend and Layla’s sister. When Finn askes Ellen to marry him, strange things start to happen. An ex-neighbour claims to have seen Layla. A long-lost Russian doll from Layla and Ellen’s childhood turns up at Finn and Ellen’s house. Finn starts receiving strange e-mails, asking him about the cottage where he used to live with Layla. Is Layla still alive? Who is sending all these messages? Who is messing with Finn and Ellen’s minds?

This novel is full of suspense and I finished it in just two days. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t trust any of the characters. But.. I also didn’t like all of the characters. I think Finn was very naïve and self-centred. I couldn’t relate to him, although I really wanted to. This really is a plot-driven story, with little character-development.

The plot twist was very clever, although it felt a bit rushed. Some questions are left unanswered.

Although this isn’t the best thriller I’ve read this year, I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for a fast-paced mystery.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Ik wilde al een tijdje een boek lezen van B.A. Paris, maar ik ben er nooit aan toe gekomen. Toen ik een e-ARC van Bring Me Back kreeg, kon ik niet wachten om te beginnen met lezen.

Bring Me Back begint met Finn McQuaid, wie vertelt over de vakantie in Frankrijk met zijn vriendin Layla. Op de weg terug naar Devon, stopten ze de auto midden in de nacht op een picknickplaats. Finn ging naar het toiletgebouw en toen hij terugkwam, zat Layla niet langer op hem te wachten in de auto. Ze was verdwenen.

Dit is twaalf jaar geleden. Nu woont Finn samen met Ellen, zijn nieuwe vriendin en Layla’s zus. Wanneer Finn Ellen ten huwelijk vraagt, beginnen er rare dingen te gebeuren. Een ex-buurman beweert Layla te hebben gezien. Een lang verloren Russisch poppetje uit de kindertijd van Layla en Ellen duikt op bij het huis van Finn en Ellen. Finn ontvangt vreemde e-mails en waarin iemand hem vragen stelt over het huisje waar hij met Layla woonde. Leeft Layla nog? Wie stuurt al deze berichten? Wie speelt er een psychologisch spel met Finn en Ellen?

Dit boek is erg spannend en ik heb het binnen twee dagen uitgelezen. Ik kon het boek niet wegleggen en ik vertrouwde geen van de personages. Maar … ik vond ook niet alle eprsonages even goed uitgewerkt. Ik vond Finn erg naïef en egocentrisch. Ik kon me niet inleven, hoewel ik dit wel probeerde. Dit is een verhaal dat draait om het plot, met weinig ontwikkeling bij de personages.

De plotwending was slim en onverwachts, hoewel het een beetje gehaast aanvoelde. Sommige vragen blijven onbeantwoord aan het eind van het boek.

Hoewel dit niet de beste thriller is die ik dit jaar heb gelezen, zou ik dit boek aanbevelen aan lezers die op zoek zijn naar een mysterie dat snel en makkelijk wegleest.

3.5 van de 5 sterren.

 

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Bring Me Back will be available on June 19, 2018.

 

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13 Comments

  1. I love a good thriller and this sounds fab! Will definitely keep my eye out for it! Great review lovely!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  2. Oh man, Bring Me Back sounds like all sorts of nightmare. First, the girlfriend goes missing and when he moved on, she somehow circles back! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book! 🙂

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  3. I have this one on my cloud and eager to get to it, I’ve read and enjoyed the author’s work before

  4. I have read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris and found it an OK read for me. I wanted to give the author another chance and Bring Me Back seems like it would be a much better read for me.

  5. Great review I absolutely love a great thriller and this one looks and sounds absolutely amazing and my kind of book. I might check it out one day, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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