Review: Bring Me BackBring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Published By: St. Martin's Press
Expected Release Date: 06/19/2018
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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?

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press (via NetGalley) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are solely my own. Some links in this review may be affiliate links.

Who’d have thought Russian Stacking Dolls could be nefarious? Turns out, they are when they suddenly start appearing on the fence outside your house, on your car, in the mail, and even with the check at a restaurant.

Twelve years after Finn’s girlfriend, Layla, disappeared while they were holidaying in France, Finn has moved on and is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. We’re immediately pulled into the intrigue of what happened to Layla, what Finn knows, and more importantly, what he had to do with it. The only thing we know for sure is that Finn lied to the police and that he is one of those problematic and unlikeable characters that I, personally, love.

Suddenly, Finn is told that a neighbor saw Layla outside their cottage in St Marys. Then, little Russian dolls start appearing, and Ellen becomes convinced that Layla is alive. Finn thinks someone else is harassing them, especially once emails start arriving from someone wanting to buy the cottage, casting doubt on almost everything. He becomes paranoid and secretive, especially with Ellen, and when he’s asked to make a choice between past and present, things start to spiral even further out of control.

Bring Me Back is a bit of a slow burn, told in three parts and two voices. While I had figured out the likeliest scenario about halfway through the book, there was enough clever misdirection and other problematic characters for it to still keep me second-guessing. Even once I had figured it out for sure, there were still a couple of surprises. The conclusion is both tragic and satisfying at the same time.

While I haven’t read any of Ms Paris’ previous works, I’m told this one is a little different. Don’t let that put you off. It’s definitely a good, quick read.

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