In the breathtaking new thriller from David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know, the fate of two missing teenage girls becomes a father's worst nightmare.... Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price's fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life. As Bill holds vigil over Summer's bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all. When troubling new questions about Summer's life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He'll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family...
Published July 11th 2017 by Books on Tape
Three and a half stars: A book with a strong, suspenseful mystery and lots of twists that kept me turning pages, but when all was revealed, I didn’t think the story was cohesive.
Bill is doing his best to keep it together. After a couple of horrid days, his daughter has been found. Summer is badly beaten, clinging to life, but she is alive, unlike her best friend, Haley. Bill quickly learns that things are going to get worse before they get better. Who did this to his daughter and why? The more he digs, the more troublesome things become. Did he truly know his daughter?
What I Liked:
- Bring Her Home is a page turner. I loved the suspense and the mystery and the jaw dropping twists. This one kept me guessing up until the startling conclusion. If you are looking for a good thriller, this is one to pick up.
- The twists were outstanding. I can’t give too much away, but there were some things that I didn’t see coming. I liked that this one kept me on my toes, and just when I thought I had things figured out, Mr. Bell would throw in another stunning surprise. If you are one who likes twists, this book delivers.
- I liked that this one deals with the complexity of family relationships. Bill is forced to reexamine his relationship with his fifteen year old daughter, and in doing so, he must also deal with his own issues. I especially liked his realizations regarding his sister, Paige. Paige was my favorite character in the book.
- The ending was well done. It concludes without any lingering questions. I liked the way it all played out.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Jon Lindstrom. Mr. Lindstrom does a great job with the voices.
And the Not So Much:
- While I loved the twists and turns, when all was laid out, I wasn’t thrilled with how the story came together. Some things weren’t exactly believable, such as the situation with the homeless man in the woods. While other things weren’t throughly explained. Finally, I didn’t like that events that seemed important weren’t really even related to the case.
- I had the bad guy pegged almost immediately because I think the author gave too much away. It was still fun to guess the motives and figure it all out, and I certainly couldn’t have gotten it right with all the twists.
- I wish that Bill was more likable. I got frustrated with this because he is rash, impatient and doing things that impeded the police investigation. I hated the way he constantly took matters into his own hands. I found home frustrating.
Bring Her Home is a fast paced book with an exciting mystery and heaps of suspense. I loved that I was constantly guessing and on my toes with this one. Once all was revealed, I found some things unbelievable, and I thought overall the story lacked cohesiveness. Still it was a page turner, and I enjoyed the mystery.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.