Tuesday intro: Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris

Once again I’m linking up again with Vicky at I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter/paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

This week, I’m sharing a book I’ve actually just finished, though it’s not released for another month so the review won’t be up till then.  It’s Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris, an author I’ve read previously and really enjoyed.  Here’s what it’s about…

The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…


And here’s how it starts…

“My phone rings as I’m walking through the glass-walled foyer of Harry’s impressive office on London Wall.  I turn and check the time on the digital display above the receptionist’s desk; it’s only four-thirty, but I’m impatient to get home.  It’s taken months of perseverance to get Grant James, the famous business magnate, to invest fifty million pounds in Harry’s new fund and I’m ready for a celebration. As a thank you, Harry has book dinner for me and Ellen at the Hideout tonight and I know she’s going to love it.

I glance impatiently at my phone, hoping it’s a call I don’t have to take. The caller name comes up as Tony Heddon, a police detective based in Exeter.  We first met twelve years ago when I was arrest on suspicion of Layla’s murder, and we’ve become good friends since. There’s a curved steel bench to the left of the reception so I walk over and put my briefcase down on its metallic seat.”

What do you think – not the most exciting start but does it promise good things to come and would you keep reading?

Emma x


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  1. I haven’t read any of B A Paris’s books, so maybe this would be good one to start with? I’ve seen other bloggers really like her books.

    1. They are well worth reading, though I would say her first is the biggest in terms of wow.

  2. I’d keep reading just because I like her books!

    1. It is worth it! She is a good writer.

  3. I also like this author based on another novel of hers that I read. This one is on my wish list. Enjoy!

    1. I am a bit of a fan I must admit and feel lucky to have won this one!

  4. I don’t know, that sounds pretty exciting to me – ‘when I was arrested on suspicion of Layla’s murder’? Who’s Layla? LOL

    I’m looking forward to this one. Will watch for your thoughts on it.

    1. I suppose it is, but I’m so used to books throwing it all into the opening paragraph and this one just doesn’t do that – not a bad thing by any means!

  5. I have loved other books by the author, so this one is definitely on my list. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. They were great weren’t they? I am so glad I won a copy of this one!

  6. The first paragraph didn’t reach out and grab me, but I think I’d give it a few pages.

    1. No, I can totally see that but it’s worth a few more pages definitely x

  7. The blurb sounds good, although I’m not sure about the opening.

    1. No, it’s not the most exciting – but it does get better I promise 😊

  8. I have a copy of this one which I’m dying to read. Although the opening doesn’t start with a massive bang it does, as you say, hold an awful lot of promise of good things to come.

    1. Yes, it’s a slow build but I did enjoy it. I don’t mind that sometimes.

  9. Not the most exciting start but intriguing. Getting suspected of murder isn’t the most normal thing and I wonder why the detective is calling – even if they are friends. I’ve been wanting to read this author forever so I’d definitely keep reading!

    1. No but it does get better. I preferred the last book but only by a hair.

  10. It may not start with a particularly strong hook, but it certainly seems well written – I hope you enjoy it, Emma:)

    1. No, it would have taken about five paragraphs to get to the “ah-hah” moment and I couldn’t type that much. I did enjoy it though.

  11. I’d have to read a little bit more to see if this is a book I’d want to read.

    1. Yes it does take a bit to get to the tension, not a bad thing though.

  12. I still have Behind Closed Doors on the stacks.

    1. One of my favourites…

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