Year Of Publication: 19th June 2018
Pages: 384 (Paperback)
My rating: 3.5/5
One of my greatest pleasures was seeing your shoes in the hall, your little size fives next to my enormous thirteens. I loved it when you slipped your shoes inside mine, because they easily fitted. To me it was physical proof that I was carrying you through tough times.
Except that when life had got tough, I hadn’t carried you at all.
Layla and Finn are on their way back to Britain from a skiing trip in France when Layla disappears into thin air after a heated altercation she has with Finn in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere.
Twelve years later, there’s still no sign of Layla but Finn seems to have moved on and has gotten engaged to her sister, Ellen.
Their life seems idyllic and picture perfect but soon things start to change when Russian nesting dolls (a.k.a. Matryoshka) start mysteriously appearing around them.
Only Finn and Ellen know the significance these dolls hold in connection to Layla.
Is it Layla, back from the dead?
Or is this a cruel joke being played by someone who knows what happened the night Layla disappeared…..
….there’s something in me that needs him broken, so that I can put him together again just as I want.
While I did love this book initially (when I first read it three months ago) and it kept me transfixed for a good amount of time – there are some plot issues that keep annoying me as I write this review down.
I’ll try to explain them as best as I can without spoiling the ending for you guys.
So in the final chapters we find out what’s “really” going on; as is typical of books of the mystery/thriller genre – however, the ending was so blatantly obvious and uninspired that I felt let down.
There was a distinct sense of déjà vu while I was reading the last few pages and I kept waiting, hoping against all odds that it wouldn’t end the way it does.
It gradually became tedious reading through chapters that offered little resolution in terms of why Finn is taking so long to realise what’s actually happening when it’s right there in front of him and he only needs to pay attention to realise the truth regarding the situation.
So, as you can already tell by now, I have little remorse over what happens to him later on and have no sympathies towards him whatsoever.
I will add in at this point, that my feelings towards how the plot unravels might be a bit biased because of all the true crime podcasts, TV shows and books I’ve been devouring for the past two years or so.
Thus, it comes to me as no surprise that this book failed to pique my curiosity since I have literally seen, heard and read most of the things that could’ve possibly been revealed by the author to the reader.
However, if you’re not a seasoned true crime fan or mystery/thriller book junkie and would like an easy to read, slow-paced mystery for the summer holidays, “Bring Me Back” by B.A. Paris might just be your cup of tea.
With an easy to follow plot and a few key players that are easy to keep track of- this is a book that will entertain you through a dull sunny day.
Since this was my first time reading anything by B.A. Paris, I won’t be too quick to form an opinion and will be giving her books another chance in the future.
*I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review