Bring Me Back

Bring Me BackBring Me Back by B.A. Paris
on March 8th 2018
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Have you ever read a book where you think “It was okay. I liked it.” and then find yourself thinking about it and then realize that you enjoyed it much more than you initially thought. I had that experience with this book. Upon reading it, I kept thinking about it and the plot and realized that B.A. Paris pulled her plot twist off in a clever way. I also realized that there was a clue or two thrown in and although I read the words, I missed it but then had my “AHA!” moment a couple of hours after finishing the book. This is also a book, I thought I had figured it out, and was wrong. I love when this happens. I really enjoy when an Author surprises me.

A young Couple, Finn and Layla are traveling through France when they pull over and Finn goes into the restroom. When he comes back to the car, his girlfriend/fiancé is missing. An investigation ensues but Layla is never found. She has completely vanished. Her belongings are still in the car but there is no sign of her. She is never seen or heard from again. What happened to her? Finn is devastated and isolates for a long time.

Finn, is finally ready to move on with his life and has found love again – with Layla’s sister, Ellen. Drawn together in their grief, they form a relationship which becomes romantic. Now, they are engaged to be married and everything seems to be going great. Then one day, Ellen finds a missing Russian doll which she lost when she was a child. Only three people know about the Russian Dolls: Ellen, Finn and Layla.

Then Finn also begins to find more Russian dolls and receives messages from an unknown person who later reveals herself as Layla.

Welcome to Finn’s nightmare. Is Layla still alive? Is someone toying with him? Why get in touch now? What do the messages and dolls signify? Finn suspects anyone and everyone. Who wouldn’t be freaked out.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave!

Was this my favorite B.A. Paris book? No! But as I said, she did a great job crafting her story. She had me thinking about it hours after finishing the book. This book moves at a very nice pace and for me was a fast read. The mystery of what really happened the night Layla went missing and who is leaving behind the dolls and sending email messages really drive the story.

So why not a higher rating? I still felt there were some unanswered questions and the need to suspend some disbelief. I also felt the ending was a little rushed. But overall an enjoyable suspense/thriller/mystery.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Breakdown

The BreakdownThe Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 18th 2017
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1250122465
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I’ll be honest. Initially I thought Meh while reading most of this book. But then the last part of the book came into play and BAM that is where the magic happened. I seem to be reading a lot of books like this lately. I found myself awake in the middle of the night and thinking about this book. While I initially thought Meh and wondered why all the high star ratings…it was the last part of the book that really changed things for me. Then I began to see the brilliance of the storytelling and plot twists. B.A. Paris wove her story brilliantly until the very end.

Also can I just say that the title “The Breakdown” is perfect for this book. Is she referring to a diminishing mental status of the main character Cass? The breakdown of her marriage? Or the breakdown of the murdered woman’s car?

Cass decided to drive through the woods one dark rainy night. Even after her husband asked her not to drive that way home. The rain was coming down hard and she decided the best way home was to take the short cut even if it did go through the woods. She sees a car parked on the side of the road and pulls over in front of the car to see if the other driver needs assistance. Due to the heavy rain, she decides not to get out of her car. She sees a woman inside the car who does not appear to be in any distress. Ultimately she decides to leave and goes home. The next day she learns that a woman has been murdered on that very road in her car. She begins to have “trouble” coping after she realizes that she may have been one of the last people to see the woman alive. What makes things worse is that she eventually learns that she knows the woman and once had lunch with her. Guilt wears away at her and impacts her day to day life.

Then strange things begin to happen to her. She appears to be losing her memory. She is forgetting things and worries that she has early onset dementia just like her Mother. Plus, she is getting strange calls which she believes is coming from the Murderer. Packages are showing up at her home, her belongings are moved. Is she being stalked? Is she exhibiting symptoms of dementia? Her husband takes her to a doctor and she is prescribed medicine which seems to make things worse. She can’t remember if she took her medication. She can’t recall if she ordered the items being delivered to her home. Just what exactly is going on and is the Murderer toying with her or is she slowly losing her grip on reality.

From the beginning, I had my suspicions. I was right on the person but not on the reason why. Plus there was more going on behind closed doors (get it? Behind Closed Doors was the Author’s other book.)? What really worked was the ending. I will admit, I thought that Cass seemed to pull of out her drug induced haze very fast but I guess revelations will do that to a person. Nothing perks one up like a shot of reality and truth.

This book went from Meh psychological thriller to a nicely done psychological thriller for me. If you enjoyed Behind Closed Doors, I believe you will enjoy this book as well. Don’t give up on it in the beginning. Keep reading and decide for yourself.

I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed DoorsBehind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1250121000
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How well do you really know your friends? Do you believe everything you see? Is anything ever seem to be just too perfect? Can someone really be the perfect spouse? Have the perfect home? The perfect party?

Do you really know what goes on behind closed doors? Well, we the reader do know everything that goes on behind closed doors in this book. Grace meets Jack while she is in the part with her younger sister who has Down Syndrome. He is a caring attorney who defends victims of domestic abuse. Grace and Jack connect right away and decided to get married after 6 months of dating. Jack wants them to have the perfect life in the perfect home so Grace quits her job prior to their marriage to prepare for their new lives together.

Right after she says “I Do” she learns that she has made a big mistake – a HUGE one in fact. This is where the terror begins for her and will one day begin for her sister.

I found this book to be very readable as in I couldn’t put the damn thing down as I wanted to know what in God’s green earth is going to happen next. Will Grace escape? Will Jack go completely psycho? Will Millie ever move in? Will their friends ever notice that Jack and Grace are always together. Grace never does anything by herself.

I loved how the book went back and forth with the “Present” and “Past” chapters. I found that this book flowed at a really nice pace. It is very easy to hate the bad guy and root for the victim. There are parts where one has suspend disbelief. Will no one believe this woman? Is he so convincing that he could make everyone believe she is mentally fragile? Apparently so in this book. But there is that one character who seems to wonder….hmmmm…what is going on here?

Enjoyable fast read!