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

2 Stars

Bring Me BackBlurbA 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 wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

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The minute that a plot of a crime/thriller turns out to completely ludicrous, you can count me out. The only reason I’ve gave this book 2 stars is because I managed to keep on going to the end, although I’m not sure why I even bothered. The tag line for this book is ‘#FORGET SLEEP’ made it sound like this book was going to amazing. And I know I shouldn’t be fooled by existing taglines… but I was… and I’m annoyed.  ☹

‘Bring Me Back’ switches between the past and present. In the past, Finn and his girlfriend Layla go on holiday to France. On the way home, they stop at a picnic area in France and when Finn returns back to the car, Layla has vanished. In the present, Finn is about to marry Ellen….. Layla’s sister. Although no one has seen Layla for years, strange things start to happen which suggest that she may still be alive.

The chapters are either narrated by Finn or Layla…. And my god is she annoying. It all got a bit too comical for me. As is the case with many thriller books, the chapters are short and usually end with a cliff-hanger. Only the cliff hangers in this book are laughable. Finn starts to receive strange emails from an email address he doesn’t recognise. The emails are along the lines of: ‘I’M CLOSER THAN YOU THINK’…… ‘YOU HAVE TEN DAYS’. If not sure if we were supposed to be scared of Layla. If that’s the case, it failed massively, because it just made me grin to myself. It was like something out of a 90s horror movie.

In addition, the characters are one dimensional. So, SO boring. You can tell from the start that Finn is an ass. Layla is selfish and so overdramatic. Ellen is just…. Dull. It honestly doesn’t get better than that. There are no massive character revelations.

And don’t even get me started on the plot. I sussed it out not long into the book but I thought.. ‘Surely not.. that’s just completely ridiculous’. But I was right. It felt like B.A.Paris lost interest with the book and threw a plot in there which is along the lines of ‘And then they woke up and it was all a dream’. That’s how utterly ludicrous it is.
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I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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