Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back

by B. A. Paris


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“We’re in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back, and I for one am loving it.” —Lee Child

"[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained—until now.

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?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594869641
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 615
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

B.A. PARIS is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. She grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Bring Me Back is her third novel.

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Bring Me Back 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B.A. Paris does it again with this latest thriller. I was hooked from the beginning and it's full of suspense, keeping you wanting to read it all as quickly as possible to find out how it ends, with a twist that you will never see coming. So good!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed in the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with an ending you won’t see coming!
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Anonymous 28 days ago
Easy read!
tschnitzler 3 months ago
Another excellent book by B.A. Paris! I figured the story out halfway through, but regardless it was an incredible read while the rest of the characters figured it all out. Layla and Finn are the perfect couple--fate as brought them together. Finn has no idea what his terrible temper does with Layla's mind. Suddenly, Layla disappears without a trace. As Finn and Layla's sister console each other, inevitably Ellen and Finn fall in love. Twelve years later, Layla appears to have returned. What happens after that makes for a great story.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I liked the turns and surprises, and I would recommend this book as a funny, though intense read.
GratefulGrandma 10 months ago
After listening to this audiobook, it took me a couple of days before writing this review. I wanted to think about this story a bit. It is a psychological thriller that had me hooked right from the beginning. The story is told from the POV of Finn, with a few chapters told by Layla and Ellen. Finn and Layla were in love over a decade ago, until Layla goes missing from a gas station parking lot, never to be seen or heard from again. Finn and Layla's sister, Ellen fall in love some years later and have just announced their wedding. Following the announcement, Finn and Ellen begin receiving Russian nesting dolls (the meaning of which connects Ellen and Layla from their childhood). The addition of those Russian nesting dolls added a bit of creepiness to the story as well. What really happened to Layla? Is she still alive? Who is placing those dolls in discriminate spots? I could not stop listening to this book. I loved the voice of Finn and when a chapter from Layly popped in, I loved hearing that narrator as well. They brought the characters alive for me. We also get a before and now perspective so we can see what was happening in Finn's and Layla's relationship. B.A. Paris delivers a very readable, unique and fun story here with unreliable characters. There was not a lot of suspense or thrill in this book, but it still had me wanting to find out what was going to happen next and I kept going even though I had other things to do. I did not figure out what was happening and was shocked by the ending. The epilogue tied everything up nicely and the last line was exactly what I was thinking after the reveal. With short chapters and an interesting plot, this book was a quick and easy read/listen.
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nookerCB More than 1 year ago
Oh what a twisted love triangle. Finn is in love with Layla, but one night she disappears and is presumed dead. Ten years later he is engaged to Ellen, her sister. Yet he is receiving messages of various design that Layla is alive and wants him back. And then it gets more twisted and bizarre as this mystery unfolds. The author is English so it takes a bit to get into his style, but boy do you get invested very quickly. This is a story of love, loss, betrayal, intrique and basic “goose bump” feelings. Is she alive or isn’t she? I am one reader who always figures out the plot twist of movies but this one kept me guessing until the last 50 pages when I got “it”. Just read it already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was quite different. I couldn't put it down at times, while some of the story started to get repetitive and drag. The plot twists were definitely there with a surprising, yet a bit unbelievable, ending. I am a big fan of her books, but not my favorite of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the novel had enough plot twists, I have loved of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best book. Fun to resf, but an improbable plot. Protagonist not very likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read! This one was just okay. Didn’t love it.. excited for her next one to be better!
lieu2010 More than 1 year ago
This is my third book by B.A. Paris and let me just say, I am not disappointed. It has a great start, with an interesting middle and an "OMG! I didn’t see that coming" ending. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book by an author with a knack for story telling.
Tracey_L More than 1 year ago
Holy hell this was one wild ride! Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing, and I guarantee you won't ever feel totally secure until the end, and maybe not even after that! This was really well done and I look forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few pages into the book I was 98% sure how the story would play out, and unfortunately I was correct....... I only paid close to $1.00 to read, Behind Closed Doors, which I could not put down until I finished the final page as it was so riveting! Although this newest book is a great read, it is only my meager personal opinion that BCD is the authors best book yet. Thank you for sharing your works with us!!
Heather95 More than 1 year ago
I'm a bit conflicted on this book. It really starts out with a bang. The book starts out by bringing us back 12 years to a night that Finn will never forget. The first chapter reels us in by telling us about the night that Layla went missing. Was she kidnapped? Is she dead? Did her boyfriend Finn have anything to do with it? This is explained to the reader by the statement Finn gave police, but then he says "It was the truth. But not the whole truth." Immediately, you want to start the next chapter to find out what the heck happened that night and where is Layla. The book is broken down into three parts. In Part One, each chapter has a subtitle - Now or Then. One chapter is in the here and now, the other takes us back to a time that gives us background on Finn & Layla's lives before that fateful night. Part Two has each chapter subtitled with Finn or Layla, again alternating like Part One. This time, it's written from each of their POV. BUT, is this really Layla? Or is it someone pretending to be Layla? Part Three is just subtitled Finn on each chapter. For me, Part One was the best. It had me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know more about what happened that night 12 years ago. Finn is engaged to Layla's sister Ellen and everything seems pretty perfect. But strange things start to happen that make Finn think Layla might be alive. But how? And where? What would this mean for Finn & Ellen? Part Two seemed to drag on for me. I felt like the pace slowed down and kind of lost the momentum of the first part, even though the first part left you hanging, needing to start the second part. Part Two also started to really get you questioning what was really going on. Is this really Layla? Is is someone playing a cruel joke? Where does Ellen fit in all this? Part Three is the shortest of the parts and it centered around Finn's POV. Finally we find out what happened all those years ago and all the questions from the story are answered. I won't go into how we find out, but I will say that I felt it was an abrupt stop to the buildup and although it was nice to finally get the whole story, the way we find out was not, in my opinion, the best way that the author could have filled us in. For me, it was as if the author needed a way to quickly explain a lot of what had happened in a short amount of time (or number of pages) and so they did it the fastest way they could, but I don't' think it was the best way. Overall, it was an interesting read. I have mixed feelings about the book but there were enough parts that I liked that would make me want to give B.A Paris another chance. A Special Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
ledLD More than 1 year ago
There are places in this book that I liked a lot, however the biggest part of this story is slow and plodding in spots. There was no real mystery here. It is an enjoyable read with no surprises and kind of sad at the last.
SL22268 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was full of twists and turns. Finn and Layla were in love. One night they stop at a filling station and Layla disappears. Finn is the suspect and years pass. Fast forward, and now Finn and Ellen are engaged. Nothing wrong with him being engaged except....Ellen is Layla's sister. Odd things start happening and Finn and Ellen start thinking that Layla has reappeared. This book kept me guessing - even at the end! I really enjoyed this book!
wjane More than 1 year ago
Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris is an unusual mystery, a physiological thriller full of twists. Wonderful characters, strange relationships, and distorted thinking. B. A. Paris pulls you into her story, never letting you go as you almost live the story with her characters. I‘ve enjoyed all of her books and now anxiously await another book.