Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

bring me backBring Me Back 
By B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250151339
Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?


My Thoughts

I love a good mystery and thriller. The quick pace and twisty events are often the perfect recipe to break up oncoming reading slumps and liven up my TBR. For that reason, I try to always incorporate them into my current reading piles periodically. This was my first encounter with BA Paris, so I admittedly had no specific expectations when I began Bring Me Back, but being the honest reviewer I am, I am sure they were higher than what I ultimately received.

The skinny..

Mysteries are meant to be just that. They are best left to be explored by the reader. For that reason and the amount of predictability I encountered with this particular story, I am opting to skip my usual recap and leaving you simply with the blurb.

“That was the statement I gave to the police, sitting in the police station somewhere off the A1 in France. It was the truth. But not quite the whole truth.”

What I appreciated..

  • This was a case of an unreliable narrator. Or is it? We simply do not know and it works well to initially heighten the mystery of Bring Me Back.
  • An alternating timeline delivers a story that unfolds at a rather quick pace in easy to digest chunks that I appreciated.
  • BA Paris clearly has a knack with the pen, creating a fluid and inviting read if only just for how effortless it is.

Challenges some may encounter..

  • I would be lying to state that there was not a large amount of predictability within the plot. I had the majority of it pegged by page 75, which was too soon for myself.
  • It was difficult to establish a connection with the narrator and characters, as emotion is not conveyed very well on the page.
  • The abrupt change of story at the half-way point felt clunky and really failed to add any value to my experience.
  • The final conclusion was highly improbable and demanded a lot from the reader in terms of surrendering all belief. While I will not expand on this for the obvious reasons, I was not able to overlook the multitude of holes and issues here.

In the end, Bring Me Back was an initially appealing and fast-paced read that while maybe not entirely plausible still entertaining. However, I struggled with the predictability and lack of complexity. I still believe that fans of the author and those seeking a lighter read will find easy enjoyment within this one.

*I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press for this advanced copy. The quote included above are from the advanced copy and subject to change. This review is my own, unbiased and honest opinion.

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Pairs well with a nice large blanket a cup of Earl Grey.

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Danielle ❤

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34 thoughts on “Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

  1. Bummer… i prefer mysteries to be a bit more mysterious too. Sometimes it’s interesting to know the what and see how we got there but it seems it wasn’t meant to be like that. 🤔

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  2. Fab review. I read this a while ago now and the more I think about it, the more I hate it lol – like you said, it was so predictable and it almost bored me to tears. I personally think Paris has lost her knack for writing since her debut – bleh, I’ll never be picking up a book by her again 😦

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  3. I read The Breakdown and as I hold you it was very predictable. I read another book of hers and it too was predictable and too unbelievable. They were entertaining quick reads though and I enjoy her writing style.

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  4. Lovely review! ❤ I'm seriously considering not writing my own review and just post a link to yours haha, since we seem to have the exact same issues with it. 😉 I enjoyed it better than others mostly because I went in with low expectations, but it was by no means a mindblowingly good read either. xx

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      1. I’ve read The Breakdown, and had a pretty similar experience… I’m thinking of still trying out Behind Closed Doors because it’s supposed to be her best, but I don’t think I’ll request any of her future titles for now.

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          1. St Martin’s Press always does have interesting titles… Fingers crossed Behind Closed Doors will be a good one! I don’t think I’ll be able to get to it this year though. 😉

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  5. How disappointing to guess the outcome so early on! When that happens to me it’s usually too late to salvage the book as a whole, although it sounds like the author at least had a pleasant writing style 🙂 I’ve read a few too many predictable thrillers this year already, so I think I’ll pass on this one. Great review Danielle!

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  6. I really appreciate your review since this is a book I’ve been considering. I really liked Behind Closed Doors, but Paris’s second book was a DNF for me. It looks like I should skip this one too!

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    1. I cannot say for certain, and being truthful this was my first book by Paris, but I am not confident recommending it. I try to refrain from being negative towards books, but the predictability and unrealistic ending will be a challenge for many. If you did not finish the last, well I will say that several have said that the books have definitely declined as they go. If you do pick it up, I would love to know!

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  7. Mystery that embraces the impossible is a bit tricky indeed. I’d have a hard time wanting to suspend my belief to enjoy it, for mysteries, I mean. Unless the whole story was meant to go in that direction or something. I’ve seen this author’s name here and then, but never tried anything by her. I think I have one of her books on my TBR though (Behind Closed Doors or something). Will you try out more of her stuff or not for a while? 😀

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