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. When he returns Layla is gone―never to be seen again. Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Then Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla―hiding in plain sight. Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. If Layla is alive―and on Finn’s trail―what does she want?
Despite its turns, twists, and surprises, this isn’t all that complex of a tale once viewed from afar. But that’s not a putdown; with a barebones cast and the all-consuming focus on the mysterious and bizarre Layla, Paris does a respectable job of standing out in the growing crowd of emulators ... Bring Me Back is one of those unputdownable books that disquiets you even as it draws you in. At times, it’s hard to swallow—and yet you won’t be able to walk away.
Paris knows how to keep us in the seat and our eyes glued to the page. Bring Me Back sets its own pace of creeping suspicion, denial, a good re-think, then circling back to rampant suspicion ... A small cast, a small setting, few choices in suspects as to the who and why narrows your focus and this will rachet up the tension for the reader who will pile it onto every character encountered ... Bring Me Back is a fast and enjoyable beach read ... Definitely a one trick pony though.