Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried
The hype has been huge for Bring Me Back and the hashtag #ForgetSleep splashed all over Twitter so would I #ForgetSleep when I started the novel one Friday evening? I would like to say that I did #ForgetSleep but unfortunately I had work the next day and reluctantly had to put the book to one side.
So did it live up to all the hype? I can categorically say a big yes and this is why.
The opening chapter tells Finn’s version of events when his girlfriend, Layla disappears from a French service station and straight away you know Finn, has not perhaps revealed the whole truth. Immediately alarm bells begin to ring and you want to know what exactly did happen, and obviously Paris is not going to reveal any details just yet! Fast forward twelve years and Finn, has rebuilt his life and is now engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen when a small Russian doll Ellen lost as a child suddenly turns up. Only three people know the significance of the Russian dolls, Finn, Layla and Ellen. Now my mind is in a spin, and I’m thinking what the heck is going on. Is Layla still alive or is someone out there playing mind games with Finn and Ellen?
As if one Russian doll isn’t enough more begin to appear, either in a place significant to Finn or just to remind Finn that Layla or someone is watching him. I found the Russian dolls one of the most eerie and unsettling aspects of the book and it certainly added a unique spin to the whole story.
Paris is brilliant at building the tension as Finn becomes increasingly desperate and his inner turmoil over his past and the present begin to take their toll. I also started to question Ellen, was she really an innocent bystander, did she know more about events than perhaps I first thought?
The pace of the novel is fast, and Paris has created a maelstrom of questions, and theories that all require answers and I guess this is how the #ForgetSleep hashtag comes into its own. I found it hard to put the book down, I just wanted answers , wanted to know if I had guessed the outcome correctly. I did guess the outcome but that in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the novel in fact it was more interesting to see how Paris would bring all the various strands together and how the story would end.
I did struggle a little bit with the latter part of the novel, and it would be good to know what other readers thought about it. It will certainly divide opinion and I quite like that in a novel, it makes you think, and want to discuss with others.
This is the first novel I have read by B A Paris and it will not be the last. If you want a fast paced page turning thriller then this is the novel for you.
I would like to thank HQ Stories for a proof copy to read and review and for inviting mybookishblogspot to participate in the blogtour.
Catch my other fellow bloggers on the blogtour and find out if they enjoyed the novel as much as I did.
About the author
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.