She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained―until now.
Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone―never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.
Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.
Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla―hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive―and on Finn’s trail―what does she want? And how much does she know?
I love the writing of B. A. Paris and so looked forward to reading Bring Me Back. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. Paris’s writing style is a tad bit different with this novel; it follows a gothic Edgar Allen Poe style of writing. It’s dark and creepy and the overall themes deal with going mad, insanity and the internal angst that drives one crazy. The first person narrative followed that short, concise, almost clipped writing at times making the main character more unreliable.
The story alternates between the present and the past and is told mostly through narrative but also includes emails and letters. Finn begins telling the story but you get a chance to hear other voices as well.
Finn takes a quick stop at a rest area on the way back from a weekend getaway with Layla. He leaves her in the car for just a minute. When he returns, she is gone. He looks around the rest area calling out her name, then realizes he needs to call the police.
Twelve years later, Finn has proposed to Layla’s sister, Ellen. He never meant to fall for Layla’s sister, but sometimes these things just happen. Unfortunately, Finn receives a phone call from the police officer involved in Layla’s disappearance. An old neighbor has reported seeing her. But how can that be, she’s been gone for twelve years.
This book is filled with unexpected twists and turns and will keep you guessing until the end. It’s fast paced and can definitely be read in one sitting.