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#Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris–4 Stars-#SMP #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Intense New Psychological Thriller-Bring Me Back-Coming 6/19/18!

 

Broken hearts, guilty consciences, and haunting mind-games are the ingredients that make up this psychological thriller.

Layla and Ellen came from a toxic family unit where their abusive alcoholic father had ruled. Layla was the first to leave the homestead. She escaped to London where she found Finn and fell in love. Finn loved Layla with a passion, so much so, that it scared him; especially the night that she went missing. 

Although Finn didn’t want to fall in love with Layla’s sister, Ellen, after Layla had disappeared, he did. It wasn’t the same kind of intense love, however, but it was enough. After Finn and Ellen’s engagement went public, Finn’s life began to fall apart. Someone was playing head-games with him, insinuating that after twelve years, Layla, was not only alive but trying to contact him.  

The story really begins to twist and turn after Ellen finds a Russian doll, the same doll she believes, her sister had taken from her years ago. Ellen wonders what will happen to her relationship, with Finn, if Layla suddenly makes an appearance in their lives.

Bring Me Back is a true, mind-twisting, psychological thriller. Although this novel isn’t completely believable and dragged a bit in the middle, it was still, captivating and enjoyable. I read the book in two days. This is the first work that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK, and has five daughters.

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*The Forgotten Woman* by Angela Marsons

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The Forgotten Woman is a riveting story, about two women, broken, from the backlash of abuse and alcoholism. They formed a close bond and assisted one another in rebuilding their lives. Although Kit Mason and Frances Thornton came from completely different backgrounds, they became the best of friends.

Kim Mason is an ex-prostitute with a violent and abusive past. Frances Thornton is a successful lawyer who was abandoned and abused. Kim Mason landed in a safe-house after being beaten and stabbed by her pimp. Frances Thornton is recovering from an embarrassing, career altering mishap. She collapsed into a drunkard stupor while representing her client, in the middle of the courtroom.

The author does a wonderful job developing these two characters and bringing them to life for the reader. Their dialogue is realistic and witty and their circumstances compelling but tragic. Although, Kim and Frances had come from different worlds; their battles, especially regarding trust, love, and addiction, were the same. The book would have had more of a realistic feel to it, though, if there had been more detail written about the women’s struggle with addiction and the role that Alcoholics Anonymous had played in their recovery.

I enjoyed the book immensely, though, and rooted for the characters, right from the start. The story flowed smoothly from one character’s life to the other. It’s not a fluffy tale; it’s raw, but it’s well-written. I loved the book and recommend giving it a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Infinity* by Nico Laeser*5-Stars

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Infinity is a well-written poignant tale about a young boy who found himself tortured by shadows and nightmares, after a brief brush with death. The protagonist hated the fact that his sickly nature was the primary subject for his parent’s constant bickering. Alcohol became his father’s best friend and comfort and for his mother, mood alternating pills. After a terrible accident, the boy ran away and fell in with a group of drug dealers. The author takes the reader through the boy’s life of abuse and addiction. This is a dark and sad tale, but an accurate portrayal of a heroin’s hellish existence. Infinity is compelling, superbly written and unforgettable. Don’t miss it.

5 out of 5 stars, Review by Peg Glover

*Conditioned* by Christoph Fischer* 5-Stars

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Conditioned is a character-driven, emotionally charged, and well thought-out novel. The story focuses on several flawed people, defense mechanisms, and destructive behaviors, such as alcohol abuse, infidelity, narcissism, abusiveness, manipulation, co-dependency, lying, and low self-esteem. The book also covers dysfunctional relationships and mental illness. Conditioned, captured my attention and emotions as the author brought me into the intimate lives of his characters. One of my favorite characters was Martha. My heart went out to her as I witnessed her continually give of herself, to her narcissistic alcoholic husband, only to have him abuse her, and her family and friends shun her. Martha was so obsessed with being the perfect wife that she lost herself in the process. The author does a superb job describing human behavior patterns and imperfections. He places the reader into the mind of several of his characters, one of them being Martha, where he clearly describes Martha’s denial and co-dependent thought process.

One common thread I noticed in this book was that as difficult as pain is to endure, it is almost always the needed catalyst for growth and change to occur.

If you are looking for a book to hijack your emotions and pull your heartstrings, then Conditioned is the book for you.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**The Girl On The Train**by Paula Hawkins*5-Stars

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The Girl On The Train is a well-written psychological thriller and a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Rachel is an alcoholic who has lost everything. She rides past her old neighborhood and stares from the train window at her home where she once lived. Rachel’s replacement lives there now along with Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom. Rachel starts to live a fantasy life, through what she considers to be the perfect couple, Megan, and Scott until Megan is declared missing. Rachel becomes obsessed with helping Scott, she desperately wants to do something positive in her community where she thinks she can make a difference. But do so, Rachel finds herself rolling lies off her tongue as easily as if they were truths.

The long narratives with little dialogue in this book slowed the pace of the story down unnecessarily. The author, however, does an extraordinary job, describing the alcoholic’s fogginess, lies, embarrassing calls, emails, blackouts and self-loathing behavior that I pressed on. And I’m glad I did! The book has several subplots that come together nicely in the end.

People aren’t always who they appear to be. Some wear masks and live secret lives with hidden agendas. This book is a perfect example of such people. The Girl On The Train is a well-written book, worthy of your time. I highly recommend reading this incredible psychological thriller.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover