Publication Date: 8 March 2018
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.
Ten 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.
As 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?
Behind Closed Doors is one of the first books I read that I loved when I got back into reading about two years ago, so I feel quite attached to Paris’s books. Her second book, The Breakdown, was less exciting, but I still like how she is able to manipulate the reader. I really enjoyed reading her newest release, Bring Me Back.
The opening of this novel really pulled me in. I desperately wanted to know where Layla, Finn’s lost girlfriend, was and why she had disappeared. I also thought that the fact that Finn was now living with Layla’s sister, Ellen, was interesting and projected the story in a fascinating way.
While the beginning was fast-paced, the middle did drag a little bit. I found that the thrilling aspect with what the blackmailer was doing was repetitive. It basically involved the blackmailer targeting Finn with something Layla held sentimental value with, which was the tiny Russian doll in a set. He kept receiving them throughout the novel as a way of spooking him. So every time he got one, I wasn’t all that surprised, because it just kept happening.
I liked the backstory with Layla, as there are parts where Finn is writing a letter and we get to see how they got together. I liked reading this and it was a great way of getting the reader to connect and sympathise more with Layla.
The main character, Finn, was kind of an idiot and because of something he does in the story, I didn’t like him. That was probably the intention, though. When I got to the end, I must admit that I was confused. The motives were not totally clear and I felt as though the plot twist was not entirely shocking to me. In fact, I was expecting it. Due to Finn being an unlikeable character, I was not really rooting for him and in the end I was just annoyed by what happened.
I loved reading Paris’s Behind Closed Doors, but I feel like her last two books have been less shocking. Nonetheless, I still thought that Bring Me Back was great for some thrilling entertainment and there were definitely some moments that surprised me. I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy domestic thrillers.
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