Book Review: Bring Me Back, by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back, by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Published by HQ on June 19, 2018

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 384

Source: Netgalley

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A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

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I’ve seen a lot of hype around B.A. Paris’s books, so when I had the opportunity to read Bring Me Back, I jumped at the chance.

The premise for this book is fascinating so I had high hopes going in. Upon starting, I immediately realized why the author’s books are so popular: her writing style is gripping, full of tension, and easy to read.

Bring Me Back is told from a few different perspectives and time frames, letting it unfold slowly to piece everything together. The plot itself is one in which nearly nothing happens – or rather, the same or similar events occur repeatedly – for a majority of the book. It’s bookended by an engaging start and a rush of a finish that provided most of what the reader really wants to know. The small cast of characters had such potential but most fell slightly flat. I would have liked to see more hints of complexity throughout that were only brought to focus at the very end.

That all being said, Bring Me Back still intrigued me and the writing was such that I simply couldn’t put it down. I will definitely be checking out Paris’s other books!

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