Bring Me Back

Bring Me Back

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...

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  • Hajar Benmazhar

    This was yet another

    by the talented B.A. Paris. After enjoying both of her books ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘The Breakdown’, I knew I had to get my hands on “Bring me Back” and

    As I started reading this book, I felt like I stepped into a

    This was yet another

    by the talented B.A. Paris. After enjoying both of her books ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘The Breakdown’, I knew I had to get my hands on “Bring me Back” and

    As I started reading this book, I felt like I stepped into a

    Towards the end, it felt like a

    , and there was no stopping it.

    Last but not least, this is a

    so if you go into it, looking for a great character-development, I’m afraid you’d be a tad disappointed.

    (it rhymes, alright I’m out)

    I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an arc of this book.

    This review can also be found on

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  • sue

    Whoop whoop this authors done it again, shes brought me to my reading knees.

    This authors view on domestic noir is amazing, never seems to fail making my spine tingle and that hairs on the back of my neck come up on end. I always feel a chill when I read B A Paris books.

    Finns girlfriend went missing while they were travelling on holiday some 12 years ago.

    Never found.

    Time has moved on for Finn now, he is engaged to Emma who happens to be his missing girlfriends sister!

    What a well weaved story. Th

    Whoop whoop this authors done it again, shes brought me to my reading knees.

    This authors view on domestic noir is amazing, never seems to fail making my spine tingle and that hairs on the back of my neck come up on end. I always feel a chill when I read B A Paris books.

    Finns girlfriend went missing while they were travelling on holiday some 12 years ago.

    Never found.

    Time has moved on for Finn now, he is engaged to Emma who happens to be his missing girlfriends sister!

    What a well weaved story. Then we find that Finn left out some things when reporting his girlfriend missing.

    I did guess a few things as the story went on, it didn't detract from the enjoyment one iota, it enhanced it I thought.

    Its laid out in alternating chapters between two main characters.

    The tension sure build brick upon solid brick.

    Dark secrets.

    Gripping storyline.

    I 100% assure you, you won't get much sleep.

    Sleep with the lights ON.

    My thanks to HQ and Net Galley or my early copy.

  • Holly

    Holy crap was this good!! I requested this from Net galley based on last year's The Breakdown. Which, if I recall, I began one night and couldn't put down. Which is exactly what happened again! So note to future self: if you start to read a B. A. Paris novel, don't make any plans!

    This started off with Finn giving his account of the disappearance of his girlfriend , Layla. From there it weaves back and forth from the night of her disappearance to the events happening now. Is Layla dead? Or is sh

    Holy crap was this good!! I requested this from Net galley based on last year's The Breakdown. Which, if I recall, I began one night and couldn't put down. Which is exactly what happened again! So note to future self: if you start to read a B. A. Paris novel, don't make any plans!

    This started off with Finn giving his account of the disappearance of his girlfriend , Layla. From there it weaves back and forth from the night of her disappearance to the events happening now. Is Layla dead? Or is she back for revenge? No spoilers here! Read it! That's my advice. I will say, it's a given that I am a huge fan of B.A. Paris now.

    *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review .

  • Melisa

    It’s been awhile since I could refer to a book as “unputdownable” but here we are. Finally!

    Every single theory I had about where the plot was going was given to the main character as part of his ideas at a little past the halfway point, and I was stuck there with my jaw dropped thinking, well then. This author just flipped the script and threw out everything I was thinking so where are we going to go from here?!

    I did figure it out at about three quarter

    It’s been awhile since I could refer to a book as “unputdownable” but here we are. Finally!

    Every single theory I had about where the plot was going was given to the main character as part of his ideas at a little past the halfway point, and I was stuck there with my jaw dropped thinking, well then. This author just flipped the script and threw out everything I was thinking so where are we going to go from here?!

    I did figure it out at about three quarters of the way through but I didn’t even care because it was that good!!

    I have a feeling this is going to be a polarizing book (like another book I’m thinking of which will remain unnamed because it could be a potential spoiler) - readers are going to either love it or not. I’m for sure on the loved it side of things!

    Thanks a mil to B.A. Paris (I’m going to go buy your other books now!), St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Maureen

    Holy Moly! The 'Do Not Disturb’ sign was definitely displayed (mentally if not physically) while I read Bring Me Back! Seriously, if this book had been edible, I would have made myself ill devouring it!

    British couple Finn and his girlfriend Layla, are on their way home from a skiing trip in France when he pulls into a secluded, dimly lit area late at night to use the restroom. When he returns to the car Layla is nowhere to be found!

    Fast forward 12 years and Finn has moved on with his life, in

    Holy Moly! The 'Do Not Disturb’ sign was definitely displayed (mentally if not physically) while I read Bring Me Back! Seriously, if this book had been edible, I would have made myself ill devouring it!

    British couple Finn and his girlfriend Layla, are on their way home from a skiing trip in France when he pulls into a secluded, dimly lit area late at night to use the restroom. When he returns to the car Layla is nowhere to be found!

    Fast forward 12 years and Finn has moved on with his life, in fact he’s now in a relationship with Layla’s sister Ellen, and they’re living happily together in a picturesque Cotswold village. However, knowing how B A Paris's previous books played out, I knew that this idyllic situation wasn't going to last! Someone claiming to be Layla contacts Finn by email, and also begins leaving Russian dolls outside his house and sending them in the mail. These dolls have huge significance for Layla and Ellen, but is it really Layla, who’s behind it?

    My oh my, who’d have thought that Russian dolls could have such frightening significance! This was a fantastic storyline, and for me it was the plot rather than the characters that was the star of the show, and literally had me holding my breath at times. The tension began on page one and really never let up, with the author using misdirection - smoke and mirrors to maximum effect, and though I kind of guessed where it was heading, it didn't pan out exactly as I thought it would, which meant I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Utterly gripping!

    *Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for my ARC. I have given an honest review in exchange *

  • Dennis

    3.5/5 stars!

    BA Paris's

    will be released on June 19, 2018, but when I received word that St. Martin's Press was sending me a review copy, I screamed and jumped for joy. If you know anything about me, you'd know that BA Paris is one of my

    authors. She slayed me in

    , she scared me with

    , and I was sure she would provoke me with

    . Coming off the high from her first two novels, I was certain we would get another strong female lea

    3.5/5 stars!

    BA Paris's

    will be released on June 19, 2018, but when I received word that St. Martin's Press was sending me a review copy, I screamed and jumped for joy. If you know anything about me, you'd know that BA Paris is one of my

    authors. She slayed me in

    , she scared me with

    , and I was sure she would provoke me with

    . Coming off the high from her first two novels, I was certain we would get another strong female lead dealing with some sort of dire conflict, but I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that this book is vastly different from anything she's ever published.

    's story differs greatly from the first two novels written by Ms. Paris—Finn McQuaid is a successful business man, engaged to his perfect fiance Ellen, and with a dark past that still haunts him. Finn's ex girlfriend Layla has been missing for over a decade. After a night's drive gone wrong, Finn and Layla are separated from each other and Finn is forced to contact the authorities about his love's disappearance. Flash-forward to the present day, Finn's personal life has changed for the better. With Finn's life gearing towards a harmonious future, sometimes your past has a way of creeping back in. Finn has everything to lose if the past he so deeply hid starts unraveling, and he will do anything to keep his secrets at bay.

    My emotions were literally all over the place as I was reading

    and for that, I thank you Ms. Paris! I would recommend picking this book up as a beach read (perfect since it's being released right before summertime) because it's not too long of a story, and the narrative goes rather quickly. You'll start noticing that you are already halfway done with the story within a blink of an eye (or maybe that's just me #nerd). Although I was surprised at the dismal level of suspense in this story and the lack of character development that I'm used to from

    and

    , I thoroughly enjoyed the creep-factor provided by some of the actions done by the characters in this story. Without giving away too much, I never realized how scary Russian stacking dolls could be if used in the right element. Seriously, I was getting

    vibes from that aspect alone. The elements and tools provided in this story are exceptionally portrayed. They are strong and defining traits that not only drove the story, but also deeply engaged me in the focus of the plot. The story is told in a very interestingly different portrayal than I'm used to as well, which also provides a good level of mystery. You won't know who to root for in this light mystery and ultimately, that's what I call

    .

    will be released on June 19, 2018 so let's spill the tea after you pick it up, because let's be honest—we all know you are going to.

    I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  • Debra

    3.5 stars

    Have you ever read a book where you think "It was okay. I liked it." and then find yourself thinking about it and then realize that you enjoyed it much more than you initially thought? I had that experience with this book. Upon reading it, I kept thinking about it and the plot and realized that B.A. Paris pulled her plot twist off in a clever way. I also realized that there was a clue or two thrown in and although I read the words, I missed it but then had my "AHA!" moment a couple of h

    3.5 stars

    Have you ever read a book where you think "It was okay. I liked it." and then find yourself thinking about it and then realize that you enjoyed it much more than you initially thought? I had that experience with this book. Upon reading it, I kept thinking about it and the plot and realized that B.A. Paris pulled her plot twist off in a clever way. I also realized that there was a clue or two thrown in and although I read the words, I missed it but then had my "AHA!" moment a couple of hours after finishing the book. This is also a book, I thought I had figured it out, and was wrong. I love when this happens. I really enjoy when an Author surprises me.

    A young Couple, Finn and Layla are traveling through France when they pull over and Finn goes into the restroom. When he comes back to the car, his girlfriend/fiancé is missing. An investigation ensues but Layla is never found. She has completely vanished. Her belongings are still in the car but there is no sign of her. She is never seen or heard from again. What happened to her? Finn is devastated and isolates for a long time.

    Finn, is finally ready to move on with his life and has found love again - with Layla's sister, Ellen. Drawn together in their grief, they form a relationship which becomes romantic. Now, they are engaged to be married and everything seems to be going great. Then one day, Ellen finds a missing Russian doll which she lost when she was a child. Only three people know about the Russian Dolls: Ellen, Finn and Layla.

    Then Finn also begins to find more Russian dolls and receives messages from an unknown person who later reveals herself as Layla.

    Welcome to Finn's nightmare. Is Layla still alive? Is someone toying with him? Why get in touch now? What do the messages and dolls signify? Finn suspects anyone and everyone. Who wouldn't be freaked out.

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave!

    Was this my favorite B.A. Paris book? No! But as I said, she did a great job crafting her story. She had me thinking about it hours after finishing the book. This book moves at a very nice pace and for me was a fast read. The mystery of what really happened the night Layla went missing and who is leaving behind the dolls and sending email messages really drive the story.

    So why not a higher rating? I still felt there were some unanswered questions and the need to suspend some disbelief. I also felt the ending was a little rushed. But overall an enjoyable suspense/thriller/mystery.

    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    See more of my reviews at

  • Linda

    Oooooh!!

    Plans that most certainly go awry.

    A young British couple seem to be pivoting on a dangerously slippery slope that was never left behind on a skiing trip in France. Finn, an investment broker, pulls his car off the road in a secluded area in order to use the restroom facility. He leaves his girlfriend, Layla, asleep in the passenger seat. When he returns, Layla is missing. Panic-stricken, Finn searches for her. Not a sign of Layla.....not even a thread.

    Fast forward twelve years later.

    Our

    Oooooh!!

    Plans that most certainly go awry.

    A young British couple seem to be pivoting on a dangerously slippery slope that was never left behind on a skiing trip in France. Finn, an investment broker, pulls his car off the road in a secluded area in order to use the restroom facility. He leaves his girlfriend, Layla, asleep in the passenger seat. When he returns, Layla is missing. Panic-stricken, Finn searches for her. Not a sign of Layla.....not even a thread.

    Fast forward twelve years later.

    Our guy, Finn, has gone on to make some pretty big bucks in the finance game thanks to hard work and to the support from his best friend and partner, Harry. Harry realizes that Finn will never be the same since the disappearance of Layla. But the chess pieces on this board have changed drastically and Finn is now engaged to Layla's sister, Ellen. Finn finds something reassuring in the likes of Ellen even though she is a much more subdued version of her sister. They live together in Simonsbridge as they plan their upcoming wedding seemingly content.

    Welcome to Bizarro World.......

    Ellen alerts Finn to the fact that she found the smallest doll in a Russian doll set that had been missing since she was a girl. She found it on the ledge outside the door. The presence leaves her unsettled because no one knew of its significance except for Layla. When identical tiny dolls begin to show up in odd places, Finn and Ellen begin to question these events in earnest. Is it really Layla or is it someone who has a vendetta against the couple for unknown reasons?

    B.A. Paris knows how to flip the switch on the wild and the weird. This one is served with a huge scoop of creep and a side order of wackadoo for dessert. The book is sliced into three main parts with the beginning chapters noted as "Before" and "Now". This gives a little backstory to the backstory. The voice is toned in the first person of each of the main characters......kinda like walking around inside their heads on a shifty floor. You may figure out what's what before the ending, but it's a genuine: "I don't care really.....I'm here for the thrill of the ride." So buckle up, Buttercup.

    I received a copy of Bring Me Back through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to the talented B.A. Paris for the opportunity.

  • Theresa Alan

    I didn’t have as much enthusiasm for this book as some other reviewers. It does start out strong. The premise is that twelve years ago, Finn’s girlfriend went missing at a rest stop on their way from a trip to Paris back to England. Now that he’s engaged to be married to someone else, suddenly there are clues that maybe his ex-girlfriend wasn’t kidnapped/murdered as Finn and the cops initially thought.

    There’s all sorts of page-turning suspense for the first half of the book. You don’t know who

    I didn’t have as much enthusiasm for this book as some other reviewers. It does start out strong. The premise is that twelve years ago, Finn’s girlfriend went missing at a rest stop on their way from a trip to Paris back to England. Now that he’s engaged to be married to someone else, suddenly there are clues that maybe his ex-girlfriend wasn’t kidnapped/murdered as Finn and the cops initially thought.

    There’s all sorts of page-turning suspense for the first half of the book. You don’t know who to believe, which of course is what makes this kind of book fun. Then, for me, the middle got dull, and the ending had a good twist, but I didn’t buy the execution of how it was revealed, and I can’t tell you why lest I ruin the surprise.

    Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES JUNE 19, 2018.

    For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Emily May

    1 1/2 stars. I swear I gave it my best shot. I really wanted to love this book. Paris'

    kept me on the edge of my seat, but her sophomore novel

    bored me, so I figured

    , right? Sorry, it's a Meat Loaf kinda morning.

    I'll give it an extra half star for keeping me reading despite rolling my eyes every few pages, but that's the most enthusiasm I can muster for it. The twist/reveal o

    1 1/2 stars. I swear I gave it my best shot. I really wanted to love this book. Paris'

    kept me on the edge of my seat, but her sophomore novel

    bored me, so I figured

    , right? Sorry, it's a Meat Loaf kinda morning.

    I'll give it an extra half star for keeping me reading despite rolling my eyes every few pages, but that's the most enthusiasm I can muster for it. The twist/reveal of the book may be shocking to new mystery readers, but it's actually been used by too many authors for me not to see it coming at this point. And many of those authors have made it more convincing than Paris managed here.

    alternates between the past, in which Finn (the narrator) and his girlfriend Layla take a holiday in France and she disappears; the present, in which we find ourselves ten years later with Finn about to marry Layla's sister Ellen; and first person accounts from Layla, where she mostly

    , figuratively twirling her mustache. Muahaha.

    Most of the book takes place in the present. Despite believing Layla is gone for good, signs start popping up that she may be alive. Her beloved Russian dolls start appearing everywhere, and when Finn receives emails from a mysterious source who seems to know too much, it becomes obvious something nefarious is going on.

    Problem is, it's all a bit like a slightly comical (though unintentionally so) B-movie. Every chapter ends with some really cheesy line that is supposed to be ominous. Like:

    It was just so ridiculous I wanted to laugh. The narrative reminds me of the criminologist from

    , raising his eyebrow at the camera and saying "Or had they?"

    And it was difficult to become invested in any of the characters' stories. Finn seems like a dick from the get-go (and a dumbass - why would he go meet someone he suspects is a kidnapper?), Ellen and the secondary characters are bland and one-dimensional, and don't even get me started on Layla.

    . The middle dragged as I was forced to ponder what exactly I was supposed to be caring about - are we supposed to be afraid of Layla? Are we supposed to care about the romantic relationships and who Finn will choose?

    In general, I prefer more carefully-crafted plots with more complex characters than Paris offers up here, but I can definitely enjoy pulpy, nasty thrillers like her

    . Unfortunately, though, I don't think this book was particularly clever OR fast-paced and enjoyable. I guess her first book might have been a one-off for me.

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