A fast and suspenseful story of love, betrayal and jealously and a woman who has been missing for twelve years.
SUMMARY Finn and Layla who have dated for over a year and are madly in love, are skiing in Megeve, France. They stop in Paris for dinner and a walk along the Seine on the way home to Devon, England An hour and a half after leaving Paris, Finn makes a rest stop at a picnic area, and when he returns to the car, Layla is gone, never to be seen again. That’s the story that Finn told the police. But that’s not quite the whole story.
Twelve years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen, who is an illustrator. Finn believes their grief over what happened to Layla, is what drew them together. Ellen and Layla were so different, Ellen’s hair is much darker, she eats differently and is much skinnier than Layla. And their personalities are also different, Ellen is much quieter and introspective than Layla was. But Finn loved them both.
Not long before Finn and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call, an old neighbor says they have seen Layla in front of Finn and Layla’s old cottage. Not long after, Ellen finds an old missing keepsake, a little Russian nesting doll, laying on the pavement outside their house. It’s been missing since she was a little girl. Layla was the only one who knew that. That little Russian nesting doll has meaning to Finn as well, Layla had it with her that night she went missing. And then Finn gets an email that shocks him to his core. Was Layla alive? Has she come back? Where has she been? And what does she want?
REVIEW The little Russian stacking dolls start turning up everywhere: in the mail, on the garden wall, at the restaurant, on the car windshield. It’s very creepy! And by that time, you are so invested in the book you absolutely cannot put it down. The plot drives the narrative in this chilling book. And while the you may not like the egotistical Finn or the moody Ellen, the character development is superb. You’re going to want to buckle your seatbelt for this stunning ride, because the twisty turns may give you whiplash. B. A. Paris’s writing is fluid and she takes the checkered flag with this fast and furious suspense-filled story. Fans of Paris’s first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown will love Bring Me Back. She does not disappoint.
Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martins Press, and B. A. Paris for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publication Date June 19, 2018.