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

Bring Me Back
Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B.A. Paris
Release Date: June 19th, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 291
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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?

I have heard quite a bit about B.A. Paris which made me very excited to pick up her newest release. In this story, we follow Finn while he deals with a range of things - his previous girlfriend, Layla's, missing status, his newfound love with Layla's sister and after missing for ten years, the clues that he gets suggesting that Layla has come back. 

The story begins with Finn's perspective, but there is another one that we hear along the way. I don't want to mention who because it may be spoilery. I found the narratives to be straight-forward and never confusing. I enjoyed seeing both perspectives but I felt that Finn's was a bit boggled down with his hypothesizing. About half of his perspective was him working through different scenarios and constantly going back and forth about things going on. It made sense in the story, it didn't feel out of place, but I feel like I would have personally preferred more plot rather than hypothesizing. 

This book did keep me wondering what was coming next and though I had sort-of predicted the end, there were elements I didn't see coming. These elements really added to the story for me, it made things make sense, which is something that I always appreciate in books, especially mystery/thrillers. 
The plot was unique and I wish that there would have been more at the end. I get why it ended there, and it was an ending that felt right for the story, but I, selfishly, wanted to learn some more details. 

I'm glad to have finally dived into one of B.A. Paris' books. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. If you enjoy mystery/thrillers and you're looking for something quick, this might be right up your alley.  

Happy Reading from me to you!


  1. I didn't like this one as much as I wanted to. I thought Finn went in circles and wouldn't stop second-guessing himself. Plus, he should have called the police from the start. He acted selfishly and impulsively. Layla... she was... I don't even know. I didn't expect the ending until the end, so that was a plus!

    -- Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. Yes! He seemed so scatter-brained, and I don't get the lack of talking to anyone - especially the police! I had an inkling about the ending but I'm glad there was more depth and an explanation of what happened, I didn't see that coming. Have you read any of B.A. Paris' other books?


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