BRING ME BACK BY B.A. PARIS - BOOK REVIEW

This was my third B.A. Paris book - I really enjoyed her debut and liked the second one, so I had high hopes for the third book. Luckily, I was not disappointed.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris!


On a dark night coming home from vacation, Finn and Layla stop off at a service station. Finn gets out of the car to use the restroom while Layla lies sleeping in the passenger seat. When Finn comes back, Layla is gone, never to be seen again. At least, that's the story Finn tells the police. Fast forward twelve years later, Finn is engaged to Layla's sister, Ellen. After their loss, the two grew close and after dating, announce their engagement in the local paper. All seems to be going well until Finn's old neighbour reports seeing Layla at their old home - the one that has been collecting dust for over a decade. Then Finn starts getting weird emails from someone who knows a lot about Layla - and what really happened that night.

When I first started reading this book, I had no idea what had happened to Layla. Then, two-thirds of the way in, I was sure I had it figured out. By the end, I had no clue what was happening and was completely shocked by the outcome. Looking back, things make sense. It's one of those books where you once you've finished it, you want to go back and re-read it to find the clues you missed along the way.

The pacing was perfect, the chapters were short and alternate between characters and timelines, which helped give a more rounded understanding of before and after from multiple points of view. I've never had issues with Paris's writing style and this book was no exception.

While the characters themselves - Finn and Ellen - weren't particularly interesting, and they led mundane lives where they pretty much did the same tedious things every day, the book, at least to me, wasn't about those characters or their lives. It was about Layla and what happened to her - in the past and the present. There were times when I was a little bored of the routine of Finn and Ellen's life, but I hung on for Layla.

Overall, I really loved this one and think it is one of Paris's better novels, right after Behind Closed Doors.