Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B A Paris
Published: March 19th 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3.5 stars
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…
The publisher of the third and latest novel by psychological thriller extraordinaire B A Paris has attached the hashtag #Forget Sleep to Bring Me Back. I only wish life didn’t get in the way during the time I read Bring Me Back. I desperately wanted to cancel my plans, turn my phone off and simply read this riveting new thriller.
This time around, B A Paris brings us more than one unreliable narrator to contend with. Bring Me Back also travels back and forth to the past and present day. In the present day, Finn is set to marry Ellen, the sister of his girlfriend Layla who disappeared one night twelve years ago. Worrying that suspicion would be cast on him as the source as Layla’s disappearance, Finn did not tell the police the full story of what happened that fateful night. Now, strange events and objects are appearing, warning Finn that the truth can only stay buried for so long.
I was a pleased as punch when I received word from the Australian publisher of Bring Me Back, Harper Collins that I would be receiving the new book by B A Paris to review. In the past I have read and highly rated both Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown by B A Paris. In terms of domestic thrillers and the psychological thriller genre, B A Paris is leading the way. Her latest certainly kept me busy but I felt a little more distanced from this latest one in comparison to my absorbing reading experiences of the previous two novels by the same author.
I did find Bring Me Back a different novel on the whole to the Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. The book is primarily narrated by a male character, Finn, instead of the unreliable female narrators that featured in the previous books by Paris. Finn is still a narrator I couldn’t quite trust and I was never sure just how truthful he was about the events that occurred in the past. I think this is the angle Paris is going with. In Bring Me Back, the reader is led to question everyone and everything! Seeing the events of the novels through the male character of Finn’s eyes, enables the reader to understand Finn’s personality and his situation in greater detail. Overall, Finn is a well composed protagonist.
There is also a female narrator and an unknown voice dictating the events in this novel. The unknown narrator adds a welcome shroud of mystery to the tale. While Ellen, Finn’s wife to be, is also questionable in her actions and behaviour. The central source of motivation for sticking hard to this novel is the uncertainty over Layla’s disappearance. This central mystery, combined with the short and slick chapter style adopted by Paris in Bring Me Back, encourages the reader to keep trying the read on, as we close in on the answers to Layla’s final whereabouts.
Paris is a master of tension, suspense and dark undertones, this one is certainly no exception to the rule. The use of Russian dolls to the mix, adds a thread of creepy horror and maddening disbelief. A clever and different concept to say the least! This book definitely exudes an eerie atmosphere, where anything is possible and theories are abound! I am generally not best at guessing final outcomes and I will readily admit to not being able to predict this one. Trying (unsuccessfully) to put the pieces together of this thrilling tale was challenging!
Cryptic, shady and creepy, Bring Me Back highlights the darkness present in the domestic world. It will leave you desperate for answers, as you travel into a relationship built on lies, duplicity and dangerous love. Once again B A Paris delivers.
Bring Me Back by B A Paris was published on 19th March 2018 by Harper Collins Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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*I wish to thank Harper Collins Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.