Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back

by B. A. Paris

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ISBN-13: 9781250151339
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 3,331
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. 82 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!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very good, kept me guessing.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great book with an ending you won’t see coming!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not her best book. Fun to resf, but an improbable plot. Protagonist not very likeable.
Anonymous 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Disappointed in the ending
Anonymous 8 months ago
So many twist make it hard to put this one down! B.A. Paris does it again. I couldn't put it down without reading a couple of sentences in the next chapter. I was almost late to work one day. Love all three of her books. Hands down one of the best suspense writer.
lynnsreadingcorner 8 months ago
This was a great, quick read. A true page turner in the same style as the author's previous books. My attention was hooked from the first chapter and I found it impossible to put down. As much as I thought the story was going to be predictable, I really wasn't sure if I had figured out the twist or not until the very last page. This story is a true psychological thriller, leaving the reader unsure of who to trust, what's real or not, and leaves us feeling as uncomfortable as our main character Finn. Without giving away too much, I truly appreciate the story line the author created when one looks further into the depth of domestic assault and what the side effects can be as well. An entertaining read that will hold your attention, late into the night. Thank you netgalley for allowing me to read in exchange for my honest opinion.
TiBookChatter 8 months ago
Great start. Poor finish. B.A. Paris wrote Behind Closed Doors which I thought was a pretty good read. Many of you read it and I think overall it was well received. Her next book, The Breakdown was also very popular with readers. What I cannot deny is that she writes tense, suspenseful page-turners and that was what I was in the mood for when I picked up her latest book Bring Me Back. This story is all about Finn, Ellen and Ellen’s missing (presumed dead) sister Layla. It’s a love triangle with a lot of twists and turns. The last time Finn saw Layla, was at a rest-stop. After a lover’s quarrel, Finn steps out of the car to use the facilities and when he comes back Layla is gone with no leads, except for the little Russian nesting doll she left behind. Years pass. Layla never shows up. During this time Finn falls in “like” with Ellen, Layla’s sister. As the two of them approach marriage, Finn does his best to push his feelings for Layla aside so that he can spend the rest of life with Ellen. But then, a little Russian nesting doll appears out of nowhere. What does this mean? Is Layla alive? Is she trying to communicate with him? Is someone holding her captive? The set-up is good. I was pulled into the story, but very early on I figured out what happened and because of that realization, the rest was too much of a cat and mouse game and the ending was ultimately lackluster. Plus, I never want to hear about or see a Russian nesting doll again. It’s seriously overused. I really DO enjoy these types of books. I am all about page-turners this summer but I need a solid plot. Give me that, and some decent characters and I’m good. This story was just too much of Finn running around trying to figure out what was, in my opinion, very obvious to begin with.
Theologiczero 8 months ago
Bring Me Back is a thriller from start to finish! I loved this story and the way it was written, separated into the before and after of the disappearance of Layla; Finn McQuaid's girlfriend and now, it seems, tormentor. Years ago, Finn and Layla went on a trip and Layla disappeared at a rest stop. Finn gives his account of what happened to the cops, though not all of what happened. He fears the truth will make it look like he murdered her. Later, Finn meets Ellen, Layla's older sister. He slowly falls in love with Ellen and they begin to talk marriage. Ellen even puts a message in the paper about their upcoming nuptials. That is when everything starts to fall apart. It seems that Layla really is not dead. Whoever is contacting wants Finn to do something for first, but that would mean hurting Ellen. Finn struggles with knowing that if he does what is asked of him, he can see Layla again, but that could irreparably hurt Ellen. But if this really is a head game and Layla is dead, then he would hurt Ellen for no reason. While this story did have a neat premise, I figured it out halfway through the book. Though to be fair, the author leaves a ton of clues so it's kind of hard not to get it. Still, this was a fun read and I really enjoyed myself! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy to read. All opinions are my own.
C_Fowler 9 months ago
Finn and Layla, Finn and Ellen, will Finn ever be able to put Layla's disappearance at a French roadside stop twelve years earlier behind him? Is he hiding something? Bring Me Back had me guessing and re-guessing throughout the entire book. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, everything changed and I'd encounter another clever twist in the plot. I found Bring Me Back to be well written and suspenseful, and I was almost literally tearing through the pages at end of the book. I like B.A. Paris' writing style using different points of view and enjoyed this book as much as I did Behind Closed Doors. One thing though, I will never look at matryoshka dolls the same again! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Myndia 9 months ago
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? 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 Back even more. The conflict resolution, though questionable, is also uncommon, making this particular story wholly original. Note: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Amenda 9 months ago
This review was provided in exchange for early access to Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris through NetGalley. I had high hopes for this book, but was somewhat disappointed. It begins with Finn and Layla who appear to be madly in love, then Layla goes missing on a trip to France. There is considerable speculation and mystery surrounding her disappearance. She never turns up, but her sister Ellen enters the picture when she and Finn have a memorial for Lalya months later. Ellen and Finn start a relationship, but the past rears her beautiful red head and the twists and turns begin. The first 30% of the book focused on the development and background stories of six main characters as they related to the main storyline. As the book moved on the focus was on the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of Finn and Layla as the story unfolded. It moved along at a snails pace, but the author consistently fed you bread crumbs to keep you reading. It finally got pretty interesting around the 70% mark. Overall, the story was ok and it was well written, yet it was a bit predictable and the ending was a let down - I wanted more for the characters. If you are a fan of Gone Girl, then this is a book for you!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I really liked this book. It’s such a different story line. I definitely didn’t have it figured out.
LynnB888 10 months ago
Worlds collide and secrets abound in the latest thriller from B. A. Paris! We are led to believe one thing, but told secrets along the way, but nothing can prepare us for the truth! It's a bit out there because we're hearing from different points of view and different time periods, but you can't help but be riveted and want to keep turning the pages to get to the truth! Finn McQuaid was in love with Layla Gray ... newly engaged, enjoying life! While on vacation, he stopped at a rest stop, locked the doors and left Layla sleeping in the car ... when he came back she was gone. Simply vanished. No clues, no answers. At least that's what he told the police and wants everyone to believe ... but there was more to the story. Ten years later, life went on for Finn and he's now engaged to Layla's sister Ellen. Their grief over never finding Layla or discovering what happened to her drew them together and now they plan to share their future together. That is until strange things start happening. Items from Layla's childhood start showing up around their house, Finn hears from the detective that someone says they saw Layla in their old neighborhood, emails start showing up from an anonymous person who seems to know more than any person could. What's going on here? Is Layla alive? If so, what is where is she?
JennMcLean 10 months ago
I have reviewed "The Breakdown", B. A. Paris' hit book from last year. When this one was offered to me for review I jumped on it and I'm happy to say this one was just as good, in fact better, than the last one. "Bring Me Back" begins by telling the reader about the night Layla disappeared. We learn what Finn told the police that night after she vanished from a car park while Finn and Layla were on vacation. By the second page, Finn has admitted to the reader that it's not the whole truth. One wonders, is Finn the killer? Is Layla dead? Is Finn feeling guilty about something else in their relationship which causes him to blame himself for Layla's disappearance? It is ten years later and through the grief of losing Layla, Finn and Layla's sister Ellen are a couple. They bond through mutual understanding and need for comfort but is it love? Finn has proposed, Ellen has accepted. Is Finn truly prepared to love just Ellen or is he haunted by the love he still holds for Layla? Their bond will be tested when an old acquaintance of Finn's reports to the police that he has seen Layla! This begins a bizarre and unsettling search for Layla. There are disturbing phone calls and little treasures from Layla's past left at Finn & Ellen's home. Is Layla alive and if so, what does she want? Or is someone playing a very sick joke on the newly engaged couple? This is a stunning psychological thriller that grips you with the what if of the past and future. I loved every minute of this story. There were even times when I thought the author had made a misstep but I was wrong as the next chapter smoothed out my discomfort. Keep reading if you get to a disbelieving state because it all works out in the end. I didn't promise a happy ending, that you'll have to find out for yourself but I'm telling you, you won't regret giving this book a few hours of your time. B. A, Paris wrote some beautiful characters in this novel. The main character was well fleshed out for the reader. So well written that understanding his feelings and motivations seems second nature. I could feel the ache Finn had for his lost love, Layla. Paris' expert touch made this book even more enjoyable and I look forward to her next thriller.
Anonymous 10 months ago
First and foremost, avoid any and all spoilers before you read this book. Avoid plot summaries and synopses, just read it and read it soon. And don’t you dare jump to the last page, the final sentence will hit you had. In my opinion, this is far and away B. A. Paris’s best book to date, and is the early front runner for my vote for any book of the year lists. The writing is tight and fast paced, the narration is authentic and the plot is a page turner. Anyone who likes a psychological thriller that plays with your mind as much as it does the characters’ minds, anyone who just likes good writing, and anyone who enjoys a book that keeps them from doing anything else until it’s finished should put this on their must read list. I know I’ll read it again, I just wish I could read it again for the first time!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I received an advance copy of this book. from Net Galley. I am a fan of B.A. Paris and loved her previous book Behind Closed Doors. Her new book, Bring Me Back had me after the first few sentences! I read it in one day at the pool. I don't give a line by line review but will tell you that you won't be able to put it down! Her characters, Layla, Finn , Ellen, Harry and Ruby are all very likable. I could really see something such as this plot taking place in real life. Please read this book! You will be happy that you did!