Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back

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She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained, until now. Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They're driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. 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. Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla's sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there's something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him, even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her. Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla, hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla's past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen's house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive, and on Finn's trail, what does she want? And how much does she know? A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9781250151339
1250151333
Branch Call Number: FICTION Paris B.A. 06/2018
Characteristics: viii, 291 pages ;,25 cm

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Eil_1
Aug 13, 2018

Sorry, but this book was boringly boring. About 1/2 way through I had had enough - went to the final chapter and got the idea of the story there. Waste of time.

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las020
Aug 10, 2018

I really wanted to like this one so much more than I did. The author's previous works were much more engaging.

scl_Cori Aug 07, 2018

I think this is B.A. Paris' best book so far. It kept me guessing all along the way.

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msmith7632
Jul 30, 2018

There were several pages where I just read the first and last sentence of the paragraphs because it seemed to be the same chapter after chapter. I just wanted to get through it and find out what happened, but in the end, the plot is absolutely ridiculous. Too many coincidences to be realistic. Waste of time.

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nosunrise
Jul 23, 2018

I don't read very many thrillers. Once in a while I enjoy a good one, but sadly, this was not very good. You could see the ending coming a mile away--in fact, you could see just about every plot element coming a mile away. The characters were flat and poorly developed, Finn was just plain creepy, and "true love" did not make any sense as adequate motivation for the characters' actions. Predictable plot with zero suspense made this a dull slog of a read. Would not recommend wasting your time on this.

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mugsjinx4321
Jul 22, 2018

I read a lot....this book is poorly written and has a completely ridiculous plot!
And I meant to give it only one star...just so I could leave this comment!

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heavenne
Jul 18, 2018

I enjoyed reading this one as throughout the novel you’re always second guessing yourself and just when you think you got it right, something else happens and you’re guessing again. Loved the twists and endless possibilities with this plot! I thought it enhanced quite a few things once Layla’s point of view is introduced because this is where it gets more complex and things start going a bit darker and uglier.

Ellen’s behavior was frustrating. You felt right up there with Finn sometimes because of her bouncing back and forth in opinions and it added more to Finn’s stress (although, it now makes sense as you head towards the ending) It’s definitely felt as it takes its’ toll on Finn. It’s hard to sympathize with him. He does have a temper and his personality and reasoning makes it hard to like him. He rather treats Ellen as a means to an end and his obsession with Layla reaches a disturbing factor.

The book is a quick read and engages the reader. I enjoyed the last bit in the end of the book, it’s well thought out and brings everything to a nice close. I liked how it kept me guessing and the thriller elements are well placed to keep the reading going.

Definitely recommended for a good thriller read!

ArapahoeKati Jul 16, 2018

A twisty, turny novel that captured my attention immediately.

membooks16 Jul 05, 2018

Bring Me Back held my attention for the first half of the book and then I completely lost interest. The main characters were only partially interesting yet managed to be slightly annoying. Although none of the characters have a legitimate 9 to 5 job they all seem to have an unending supply of money. Finn is so caught up in his love life that it leaves no time for any hobbies or friends. I'm not quite sure why anyone would find him interesting enough to fall in love with. Same for Ellen and Layla. But having said that, I did enjoy the pacing of the book and while I guessed a variation of the twist it was a decent solution to the mystery.

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McAnnieG
Jun 25, 2018

Tragic ending to a twisted tale. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Finn McQuaid's one fault, his temper, has led him to unwise actions more than once.

Falling in love with Layla was fast, Her disappearance a mystery. Falling in love with her sister, Ellen, twelve years later seems odd yet right.

When Layla reaches out to Finn after his wedding announcement to Ellen, Finn is led on a twisted psychological trail.

Strong characters with chapters going between then and now, as well as between Layla and Finn, kept the story moving quickly.

Thank you St. Martin's Press for the loan of an ARC through Net Galley.

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