Author: B A Paris
Publisher: Harper Collins (HQ Stories)
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Thriller isn’t necessarily a genre that I have picked up often in the past, but it’s something that I’m beginning to enjoy more and more. Seeing BA Paris’s new book ‘Bring Me Back’ making its way to reviewers online, prompted me to finally start her debut that I have had sitting on my shelves for longer than I care to admit.
What I wasn’t quite expecting was how much this book would affect me. It’s one of those stories with an infuriating antagonist that is always ten steps ahead, which in itself lead me to not being able to put the book down, because by halfway through I was rooting for the main character so much I was basically screaming at the pages ‘DON’T GIVE UP NOW!’ never have I ever had such infuriating anger towards a character in a book, as I did with Jack, the manipulation of emotions messed with my head, truly. This book actually scared me, which is another first.
I am a big fan of the present to past chapter format, it’s something I very much enjoyed in the last thriller I read The Roanoke Girls. It worked here brilliantly also, it’s an interesting way for the reader to try and guess/connect theories of what’s going to happen next and how smaller details connected to a bigger plot point later on.
Overall I did enjoy this book, the writing was great and the way that it is structured made me fly through the story. But straight after I finished I needed a good lie down and the fluffiest contemporary going to start reading next.