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Bring Me Back
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Bring Me Back
A Novel

THE NEW TWISTY, GRIPPING READ FROM B. A. PARIS, THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING NOVELS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THE BREAKDOWN

"We're in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back, and I for one am loving it." —Lee Child

"[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller." —Publishers Weekly (starred reivew)

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?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

THE NEW TWISTY, GRIPPING READ FROM B. A. PARIS, THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING NOVELS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THE BREAKDOWN

"We're in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back, and I for one am loving it." —Lee Child

"[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller." —Publishers Weekly (starred reivew)

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?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

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  • B.A. PARIS grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.
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  • Library Journal

    January 1, 2018

    A wife vanished ten years ago while motoring with her husband through France, and he's now engaged to her sister, with questions starting to churn.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    Finn and Layla, hopelessly in love, stop at a public rest area on their return from a romantic ski weekend in France. When Finn comes back to the car, he sees the door open and evidence of a scuffle. Layla is gone, never to be heard from again. Finn is accused of her murder and has to comprehend that Layla's body was never found. His only solace is his dog and the country house he shared with Layla, until he finds love and happiness again with Ellen, Layla's sister. Consoling each other over their loss, Ellen and Finn slowly build a relationship, with Ellen moving in and Finn proposing marriage. But when they announce their engagement, strange things occur. A tiny Russian doll, just like one that belonged to Layla, appears on Finn's car. He receives emails claiming Layla is alive. Then there are sightings of her around town. Ellen and Finn must accept the possibility that Layla is alive. And what Finn didn't tell the police about the night of her death. VERDICT Paris (Behind Closed Doors; The Breakdown) once again proves her suspense chops with this can't-put-down psychological thriller.--Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2018
    A man whose girlfriend disappeared more than a decade ago suspects she may still be alive.Twelve years ago, Finn McQuaid's girlfriend, Layla Gray, disappeared without a trace while they visited a rest stop while on holiday in France. He was eventually cleared as a suspect and is shocked when Exeter-based police detective Tony Heddon contacts him with the news that an ex-neighbor of Finn and Layla's claims to have seen her outside of their old cottage in Devon. Finn gets another surprise when he arrives at the home he shares with, wait for it, Layla's sister Ellen --now his fiancee--whom he evidently bonded with while mourning Layla's disappearance. Finn, who narrates, makes it clear that Ellen is no Layla and constantly tries to convince himself that he truly (really!) loves her. Now she's found a little Russian nesting doll on the sidewalk in front of their house, similar to a doll that was found at the place where Layla disappeared. Then the dolls begin appearing everywhere, and Finn starts getting some pretty strange emails that may be from Layla herself. Could she be alive, and if so, what happened all those years ago? As the emails get more ominous, Finn falls all over himself chasing the clues and offers insights into his past with the complicated Layla. Paris (The Breakdown, 2017, etc.) quickly ramps up this short novel's paranoia and tension; Finn is the consummate unreliable narrator--or is he? But Finn is largely two-dimensional, and Ellen is little more than a prop. Although Paris seeds the tale with plenty of clues, the denouement takes a turn that will stretch the reader's credulity to the limit, and beyond.Far-fetched fare.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 30, 2018
    Investment manager Finn McQuaid, the unreliable narrator of this outstanding Hitchcockian thriller from British author Paris (Behind Closed Doors), has settled into a comfortable routine in the small English community of Simonbridge, bolstered by financial success after landing a big client for his equities firm. But his tranquility is shattered when a friend phones to tell him that his old girlfriend, Layla Gray, who vanished 12 years earlier while the two were on holiday, has been spotted near the cottage they shared in France. Then his wife, Ellen, who’s Layla’s sister, discovers outside their home a Russian doll that she believes Layla stole from her when they were children. Finn, who has kept the actual circumstances of Layla’s disappearance a secret from Ellen, starts finding Russian dolls himself. The stakes rise when he begins getting emails purportedly from Layla. Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded. 400,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson Agency (U.K.).

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