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

I went to the library looking for a different B. A. Paris book, but they didn’t have it so I picked up Bring Me Back, and boy am I glad I did!

When I started it, I only got 20 pages in before I had to put it down for a very busy girls weekend celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday. But when I got home, I finished this book in about six hours spanning two nights! It was that good!

Told from alternate points of view, the story is about a man named Finn whose girlfriend, Layla, mysteriously disappears. A decade later, he’s engaged-ish to her sister, Ellen, but signs of Layla keep popping up in the form of Russian dolls and even possible sightings. Is she back? Is somebody messing with them? Will the truth of what happened between Finn and Layla get out?

This book is for fans of suspense, psychological thrillers, and mystery. The backstory is revealed in pieces to enhance the ominous tone. Rarely does a book elicit a physical response from me, but there was at least one part where my heart was racing and my eyes were scanning quickly to find resolution in a scene or two.

The only thing I really didn’t care for was the character of Ellen. I just didn’t like her personality. She was way too nice and very timid, and I’ve found I don’t like timid women in the books I read. I felt like I just had to put up with her because the rest of the story was so good. But, as readers will find out, her personality flaws are to a purpose.

Bring Me Back is a quick, page-turning read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the first B. A. Paris novel I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last.

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