Bring Me Back held none of the intensity of Paris’ debut novel and unfortunately was a disappointment.
Finn and Layla are driving along when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. 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. The opening pages of this book did draw me in. I was eager to know what happened to Layla and why Finn couldn’t tell the police the whole truth? Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen (ummm, yeah?!). Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close. Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone has seen Layla.
I had high hopes that this was going to be an engaging and gripping story after reading the prologue. However, my hopes plummeted rather quickly. This story was repetitive in places, slow and unbelievable. So why did I finish it? I kept hoping it would get better, that there would be this huge twist at the end. There wasn’t. While all the questions asked during the telling of the story are answered, they inspired nothing in me but a great, big yawn and a shrug of unbelievability!
After loving Paris’ debut novel, Behind Closed Doors, she was quickly added to my must-read list. Her sophomore attempt was good, but not as good as her first. This third novel totally missed the mark with this reader. I hope her next novel reaches the level of intensity her first did or she may go off my must-read list. Here’s hoping for the best.
Copy provided by NetGalley.
Rating: 2.5 stars
Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B. A. Paris
Release Date: June 19, 2018