by David Bell
Published by: Penguin
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...
I have enjoyed Bell’s mystery thrillers and looked forward to BRING HER HOME. Bell delivered a suspenseful thriller with twists and plenty of red herrings as one Dad frantically tries to discover what happened to his fifteen-year-old daughter.
Bill Price, a widowed father, becomes distressed when his fifteen-year-old daughter Summer and her best friend Haley disappear only to turn up in a local park. Haley is dead, and Summer is unconscious and clinging to life after being severely beaten.
Bill is muddling through life with a dead end job just trying to raise a daughter after his wife died tragically. The two have been depressed as they quietly mark the passage of time. There have been a few instances of curfew breaking, but Summer is a good girl and Bill is doing the best he can. As the police question Bill, he begins to question himself and her friends. He seeks answers and grows frustrated at the police. While he keeps vigil over Summer’s bedside, it is his sister Paige who points out something that leads to a shocking discovery. What happens next takes Bill on an emotional rollercoaster that certainly would have left me reeling. As questions surface and folks come forward a dirty secret from the girl’s school is revealed, but other darker secrets are yet to be discovered.
Bell did an excellent job with red herrings, flashbacks, and suspects as we held out hope. While I won’t reveal details to deter your enjoyment, I was a bit disappointed in how quickly I pieced things together. I did so long before Bill and the police. Maybe it is because I’ve read a few of Bell’s book and have come to expect a particular formula from him. However, this had a made for television feel. The thread involving Summer was the strongest, but the additionals threads seemed at times a little over the top. On a positive note, I did picture Bill Price with the voice of Will Patton, and while not loveable I couldn’t blame him for his actions.
BRING HER HOME was a well paced and enjoyable read. Bell tied all of the threads together for a page-turning mystery thriller.Bring Her Home was a suspenseful thriller that revealed its secrets too quickly. Click To Tweet
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