Bring Me Back

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      Bring Me Back. By B. A. Paris. June 2018.336p. St. Martin's, $26.99 (9781250151339); e-book, $12.99 (9781250151353). The past comes back to haunt Finn McQuaid, who is brought up [...]
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      LEBER, M. Bring Me Back. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 114, n. 15, p. 54, 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 set. 2020.
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      Leber M. Bring Me Back. Booklist. 2018;114(15):54. Accessed September 26, 2020.
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      Leber, M. (2018, April 1). Bring Me Back. Booklist, 114(15), 54.
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      Leber, Michele. 2018. “Bring Me Back.” Booklist, April 1.
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      Leber, M. (2018) ‘Bring Me Back’, Booklist, 1 April, p. 54. Available at: (Accessed: 26 September 2020).
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      Leber, M 2018, ‘Bring Me Back’, Booklist, vol. 114, no. 15, p. 54, viewed 26 September 2020, .
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      Leber, Michele. “Bring Me Back.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 15, Apr. 2018, p. 54. EBSCOhost,
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      Leber, Michele. “Bring Me Back.” Booklist, April 1, 2018.
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      Leber M. Bring Me Back. Booklist [Internet]. 2018 Apr 1 [cited 2020 Sep 26];114(15):54. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 April #1

The past comes back to haunt Finn McQuaid, who is brought up short by what seems the reappearance of his former lover, Layla, who vanished 12 years earlier. After being cleared of Layla's murder, Finn gradually became close to her older sister, Ellen, and they were recently engaged. Then the appearance of a set of Russian dolls—significant to only Layla, Ellen, and Finn—suggest that Layla may be alive and nearby. In Paris' previous thrillers, male characters have turned out to be not what they seem; this is also true of Finn, known as a gentle giant in his youth before his hair-trigger temper showed itself. But the questionable character of Finn pales compared to those of Layla and Ellen, as they seem to compete for the man they both love, and questions of sanity arise. The narrative toggles between the past, when Finn met Layla and their relationship developed, and the present, as Finn's comfortable life is splintering. Paris adroitly ramps up tension to a complicated resolution that feels a bit drawn out. Compelling much of the way, but finally less satisfactory than Paris' previous The Breakdown (2017). Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 January #1

A wife vanished ten years ago while motoring with her husband through France, and he's now engaged to her sister, with questions starting to churn.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 March #1

Finn and Layla, hopelessly in love, stop at a public rest area on their return from a romantic ski weekend in France. When Finn comes back to the car, he sees the door open and evidence of a scuffle. Layla is gone, never to be heard from again. Finn is accused of her murder and has to comprehend that Layla's body was never found. His only solace is his dog and the country house he shared with Layla, until he finds love and happiness again with Ellen, Layla's sister. Consoling each other over their loss, Ellen and Finn slowly build a relationship, with Ellen moving in and Finn proposing marriage. But when they announce their engagement, strange things occur. A tiny Russian doll, just like one that belonged to Layla, appears on Finn's car. He receives emails claiming Layla is alive. Then there are sightings of her around town. Ellen and Finn must accept the possibility that Layla is alive. And what Finn didn't tell the police about the night of her death. VERDICT Paris (Behind Closed Doors; The Breakdown) once again proves her suspense chops with this can't-put-down psychological thriller.—Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 April #5

Investment manager Finn McQuaid, the unreliable narrator of this outstanding Hitchcockian thriller from British author Paris (Behind Closed Doors), has settled into a comfortable routine in the small English community of Simonbridge, bolstered by financial success after landing a big client for his equities firm. But his tranquility is shattered when a friend phones to tell him that his old girlfriend, Layla Gray, who vanished 12 years earlier while the two were on holiday, has been spotted near the cottage they shared in France. Then his wife, Ellen, who's Layla's sister, discovers outside their home a Russian doll that she believes Layla stole from her when they were children. Finn, who has kept the actual circumstances of Layla's disappearance a secret from Ellen, starts finding Russian dolls himself. The stakes rise when he begins getting emails purportedly from Layla. Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded. 400,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson Agency (U.K.). (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.