Source: Review copy
Publication: 8th March 2018 from HQ
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…
I can quite see why people love B.A.Paris’s writing. There’s an addictive quality to it which makes you want to keep on reading until you’ve got to the end, so the #forgetsleep hashtag has loads of merit.
Predominantly set in the present, with some chapters in the past, this is the story of Finn, Layla and Ellen. A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for a comfort break. He runs in to the loo, 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. Layla has disappeared. Now Layla is presumed dead, and Finn has never told the truth about what happened that night.
Finn is now happily in a relationship with Ellen and they plan to marry but their happiness is threatened by someone who claims to know what happened that night 12 years ago.
Paris gives us not one, but two unreliable narrators and their stories keep the reader guessing where the truth lies as one theory after another comes to the front of mind, only to be quickly replaced by another possibility.
I enjoyed the uncertainty of where the story was taking us and trying to guess what the outcome would be. It was good to see Finn struggling with the same questions and seeing where his intuition took him, (and boy does he make some mistakes) though ultimately I worked it out much earlier than Finn did.
It didn’t really matter that I worked it out, because this is an absolutely compelling and addictive read and I had to find out if I was right – and more importantly why I was right.
B.A. Paris does write a stonking good book and this one is no exception. Fast paced, twisty and full of mystery, with a very creepy set of Russian dolls thrown in for good measure, Bring Me Back is a sure-fire winner.
B.A. Paris is the internationally bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and THE BREAKDOWN. She has spent most of her adult life in France, though she and her family recently moved back to England. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters.
Follow her on @BAParisAuthor