Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Published: 19 June 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Page count: 298 (audio 07:36:00)
My Format: Audiobook via Hoopla
Pacing: Slow, repetitive
Would I recommend it: No
Commission Link: Buy Bring Me Back
My rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 read Behind Closed Doors by this author last week and I thought that book was decent, albeit not amazing. I thought I’d go ahead and read another book by this author, but I should have stopped while I was ahead. Here are my pros and cons for Bring Me Back:
- The synopsis is interesting and got my attention, however… (see Con #1)
- I think the synopsis is misleading. I obviously don’t want a synopsis to tell me exactly what is going to happen in a book, but I also don’t want it to send me down a rabbit trail that isn’t necessarily true.
- Here is the story (not a spoiler) – “Is Layla alive? Did I really see her? Am I losing my mind? Could so and so be setting me up? What does so and so know? Who is leaving clues? What am I going to do? Should I still marry Ellen?” And then wash, rinse, and repeat over and over and over again. That was almost the entire book… just wondering what was going on by the characters with no movement to the story at all! I am not kidding when I tell you that the plot in this book did not advance at all until the last 40 pages of the book. It was mind-numbingly repetitive.
- The characters were completely flat.
- The ending was a cop-out. The story basically wrapped up by reading a discovered email that explained what was going on and it was full of new information that wasn’t even hinted at in the book. I was furious.
I really need to learn to DNF books. It has always been hard for me because in the past I have continued reading some books that I wasn’t initially enjoying that miraculously redeemed themselves and ended up being great. So, I’m always hoping books will get better, as I did with this one. Alas, there was no redemption here.
Can someone recommend a 5-star thriller/suspense novel? I’d really like to read a great one!
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