Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…
Bring Me Back is published on the 8th March 2018 by HQ. Many thanks to HQ for providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
I am a massive fan of B A Paris’ books so I was very excited to get my hands on an early copy of Bring Me Back – even more excited to discover the yellow sprayed edges! You can read my thoughts on Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown by clicking on the links.
Bring Me Back opens with the statement of Finn McQuaid, twelve years earlier following the disappearance of his girlfriend. Finn and Layla were travelling home from a skiing trip in Megève however Layla vanishes into thin air in the middle of the night during a toilet break at a picnic area in France. There has been absolutely no trace of her since – the assumption is that she was kidnapped and most likely dead.
The narrative then takes us to the present day whereby Finn has moved on, he is happy and has just got engaged, all is going swimmingly until he receives a call from the detective who was involved in the investigation into Layla’s disappearance. Tony shares with Finn that their old neighbour has reported a sighting of Layla outside their cottage. When he gets home, he finds Ellen, his fiancée out of sorts as she has found an object that is linked to Layla – as Ellen is Layla’s sister, the significance of the object is huge! This is all within the first few pages of the book so to say I was hooked is an understatement!
The pacing of this book is fantastic, this is one of those ‘just-one-more-chapter’ reads and before you know it you’re halfway through the book and it’s the middle of the night (indeed the social media publicity hashtag of #ForgetSleep is very apt!). At the start, the timelines keep shifting to tell the present story but to also give back story into Finn and Layla’s relationship (and indirectly Finn’s friendship with Harry).
Bring Me Back is full of so many twists and turns which certainly keep the reader on the edge of the seat – it is strangely fascinating how Finn changes almost overnight when he starts to believe that Layla is alive, however he is in constant turmoil between believing that she is alive or thinking that someone is playing a very disturbing mind game. Deep down it is clear that Finn wants it to be the former – however where does this leave Ellen? Ellen has a very difficult time coming to terms with the fact that her long-lost sister may still be alive but also is being torn up inside as to what that means for her and Finn.
Bring Me Back is a fantastic book which keeps the reader wanting more, well plotted out throughout both the present and past narratives, the storyline was clean as there was never any confusion linked with this shifting of time. The characters are well developed and authentic, I really empathised with Finn and his confusion over his feelings.
B A Paris’ best book yet!
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.