Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Crime & Beyond Book Club Reads Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

The Denver-based book club Crime & Beyond recently discussed the latest book by author B.A. Paris and Kerry Hammond is here to give us the report.

Let’s face it, book club meetings are more exciting when club members disagree about the book. If everyone loves a book—or hates it—the discussion can get boring. When the reviews are split you can really delve into a book, and break down the plot and characters.

This month Crime & Beyond read Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris. In the book, Finn and Layla are a young couple in love. One their way back from a vacation in France, they stop at a rest stop where Finn leaves Layla in the car while he uses the restroom. When he returns, Layla is gone without a trace. The police investigate her disappearance and possible murder, but can find no evidence and no leads. Flash forward ten years and Finn is now engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. 

Right before the couple is set to marry, someone reports seeing Layla. Finn then starts to receive emails that seem to point to Layla being alive. Finn isn’t sure if it’s true, but if it is, where has she been all this time, and why did she leave?

We had a great book club discussion. Quite a few club members liked the book, and an equal number found it unbelievable. We discussed the need to suspend our disbelief to enjoy the story and all of the false trails we were led down before the final reveal. I can’t guarantee that your book club will love the book, but I can say that you will get a great discussion out of it.

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