“Time is an oddity when it comes to memories…” ~Bring Me Back
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris: 4/5 Stars
Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.
Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.
Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?
This will be a spoiler-free review. This book was provided to me by NetGalley. This review is very late, but nonetheless, these opinions are honest and my own. I hope y’all enjoy.
I’ve read one of Paris’s other books which is what lead me to request this book because I enjoyed her last one. From my rating, y’all can see I enjoyed this one as well. I really enjoy her writing style and I think she does a really good job with these mystery/thriller novels. She definitely kept my interest and kept me guessing the whole time.
I found the characters to be interesting and I really enjoyed seeing them develop. Not only did I enjoy seeing the characters develop, but I also enjoyed seeing the story develop and unfold as well. She did such a good job keeping things interesting and keeping me wondering. I would think I had an idea of what happened and next thing you know she includes a detail that throws a wrench in my idea haha.
That being said, I was pretty shocked by the ending. Very shocked, actually. I really liked the ending because, in my opinion, it’s what made the story unique from other thrillers. Maybe there’s a similar thriller, but I have yet to read it haha. This thriller was so different from the ones I’ve read and that made it so much better.
This book also made me feel so many different things. I felt the characters’ emotions and that’s how I knew this book was very well written. I was just as eager to find out what happened to Layla as everyone else was. I was just as interested as they were to know the truth. I felt like I was apart of the book haha.
Obviously, this is a spoiler-free review so I can’t say too much about what happened and how the book ended. I was definitely shocked by the ending and I thought it was a very good way to end the book. I liked how everything was kind of explained and you learned/saw how everything fit together. I thought it was very clever of Paris to do.
I don’t really have a reason as to why this book is only 4 stars rather than 5. I just felt it was a 4 star read for me. No specific reason that it didn’t get 5 stars from me. I’m sure if I thought hard enough I could make up some reason, but there’s no point. For me, 5-star reads are just feelings I usually get after finishing a book. Maybe I’m alone there, but that’s how I do it.
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves thriller/mystery. Paris is a great author and I definitely plan on reading more of her novels. I definitely think anyone who’s read and liked some of her other books will enjoy this book as well. 🙂
I hope y’all enjoyed this review and I hope y’all consider picking this book up soon. 😀