Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘Bring Me Back’ by B.A. Paris. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.
Finn and Layla: young and in love, their whole lives ahead of them. Driving back from a holiday in France one night, Finn pulls in to a service station, leaving Layla alone in the car. When he returns, minutes later, Layla has vanished, never to be seen again. That’s the story Finn tells the police. It’s the truth – but not the whole truth.
Twelve years later, Finn has built a new life with Ellen, Layla’s sister, when he receives a phone call. Someone has seen Layla. But is it her – or someone pretending to be her? If it is her, what does she want? And what does she know about the night she disappeared?
About the Author.
B.A. Paris is the author of three novels: ‘Behind Closed Doors’, ‘The Breakdown’ and ‘Bring Me Back’. Paris lived in France for many years, but has recently moved back to England. She previously worked in an international bank, before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school. She lives with her husband and five daughters.
About the Book.
Release Date: March 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Average Goodreads rating: 3.52
Author’s other works: ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (2016), ‘The Breakdown’ (2016).
Themes explored: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, childhood trauma.
Favourite character/narrator: Layla
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- The author’s choice of narrative method is really effective. Part One is narrated by the first-person account of Finn, and consists of both a present day (now) and a past narrative (before). Part Two also introduces Layla’s point of view. The narrative is simple to follow, but very effective.
- The characterisation of Layla is fantastic. She’s a very flawed character, making her depiction very realistic. She’s strong and determined, but on the other hand she’s also vulnerable and suffered horrific childhood abuse. She’s a very well executed, three-dimensional character.
- I felt that the exploration of both physical and emotional abuse in the novel was really effective. B.A. Paris explores these issues in a lot of detail, and doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects. She approaches these themes with appropriate sensitivity.
- There are many Crime/Thriller elements incorporated in this novel, such as the use of increasing suspense, an overarching mystery regarding Layla’s disappearance, a fast pace, plenty of twists and turns, and a dramatic end scene.
- The novel ends fantastically. There’s a final dramatic twist, which completely turns everything on its head. The two narratives collide in the most astounding way! I was really happy with the way events were resolved.
Happy reading 🙂