Author: B.A. Paris
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆(3.60)
Published: St Martin’s Press | June 19th, 2018
Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone – never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood.
His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him… even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her. Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla – hiding in plain sight.
My Thoughts (4 Stars)
This book was a fantastic book to get me back on track for reading. It was a very quick read that engrossed me from the beginning. My love for B.A. Paris is strong. While I know many fellow book readers were not too big of a fan to this novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The novel goes between two different points of views. Finn’s and Layla’s.
The books starts out by giving us the background of Finn and Layla’s relationship and how it all began. The chapters juggle Finn’s point of view on Before and Now. After Layla goes missing and fast-forwarding 12 years Finn is not only dating her sister, Ellen, but is engaged to be married. When the announcement is made weird things start happening. Long lost items start showing up around Finn and Ellen’s home. E-mails from a stranger who seem to know too much come everyday and there are too many warning signs that Finn cannot see due to being emotionally attached to Ellen.
Towards the middle of the novel is where Layla’s point of view comes into character. She tells her side of the story and how she will fight to the death with her sister to win Finn back. There is a side to Ellen that Layla does not like. When they were younger Ellen would have done anything to protect Layla from the outrageous father but now Ellen is far more controlling. She doesn’t let Layla speak for herself like she did when they were younger.
As the novel comes to a close there is a side to Ellen that I seen coming. I just didn’t know how it would end. For both her and Layla.
This book was full of twists and full of surprises that I was intrigued to read about. I would suggest this read if you enjoy quick easy reads. These characters were easy to like and Paris’ writing was amazing as usual. Unfortunately though, I enjoyed her other two novels Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown much more!