I was pretty underwhelmed with this book yet couldn’t put it down.
It’s going to be hard to keep this spoiler free so bare with me. The first paragraph in the blurb: “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. ”
That never happened…(and Grammarly is telling me that “are driving” should be “is driving”, I agree.)
Bring Me Back started off really well and then about halfway through Paris took us to crazy town and it was all downhill from there. Told in alternating timelines of past and present, the author is trying to tie the Layla of the past to the Layla of now.
I’m still not sure if I’m on board with Layla’s reasonings for disappearing. I found Ellen’s character exactly what the author meant for her, decidedly boring. Nothing about her stood out and she could have completely been dropped from the storyline and no one would have noticed. Finn’s rage anger has no sort of backstory as to why it’s there, it just is. Peggy, the dog was the most standout character.
The plot just kept rehashing itself after the twist, an infinite replay of (roughly) the same events. But I finished the entire book because it was just that kind of crazy that you don’t want to put down because you really want to see how it works out, so that’s something to be said about it.