Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Bring Her Home by David Bell

Title: Bring Her Home
Author: David Bell
Published: July 2017, Berkley Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 464 pages 
Source: Netgalley via Publisher
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...

My thoughts: This is the second book I've read now by David Bell and the second book I've loved! He is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine - one I know I can rely on for a good mystery that will keep me engaged and hooked from start to finish with a unique story line and fresh, compelling characters. 

This latest book from David Bell was without a doubt one of the best books I've read in a while in that it was uniquely written from the father's point of view and only told from his point of view. There were no other view points. Don't get me wrong - we still meet a whole cast of characters - just all from Bill's point of view - and this is just brilliant. It just makes sense as you read it. You feel his pain as he learns that his daughter is missing and then all that comes after. It's's's's heartbreaking. You feel his grief, you feel his anger,  you feel all his emotions as he deals with everything.

This book slowly pulls you in right from the start and doesn't let up until the very end. It's a roller coaster of a ride, believe me, as there are quite a few shocking twists that occur. And with the short chapters, you find yourself saying - oh just one more chapter, until you are at the end. 

For the most part, this story is told linearly - it moves forward with little of the story going back in time. That's a bit refreshing for me, for as much as I do like dual narratives, it's nice to read a story that is just told straight forward! 

I cannot wait to read more of David Bell's novels. I do have a few of his back list that I plan to read soon and of course, I will be anxiously awaiting his next novel...he is definitely on my auto-read list!!!



  1. This sounds great, and you're right, a story like this usually spends a lot of time in flashbacks -- super interesting to see that it mostly moves forward. Great review, thanks for sharing!

  2. I enjoyed your review Kristin. I just added this novel to my ToRead list. I've also enjoyed a novel by Bell in the past.

  3. This is going to my wishlist. Nightmare or not, it is worth reading.


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