Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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?
I loved B A Paris' first book "Behind Closed Doors", I also enjoyed the next "The Breakdown" but I was disappointed with this third novel. It started well with a good mystery to draw me in but the middle just got quite boring and as other reviewers have mentioned there are a lot of Russian dolls mentioned. (I'd love to do a word count on how many times!)
In its favour I did keep going until the end. It's not total rubbish and if you enjoy a book that's playing mind games you might enjoy it. But there is too much focus on the mind games. The timeline gets a bit wooly too. And the ending, well no spoilers but not particularly satisfying and the situation with one of the main characters? Just not credible.
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