Bring Her Home by David Bell
Published: July 11, 2017
Format: via NetGalley
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.
Oh, where to start?! First, this is the best novel I’ve read so far this year! Bring Her Home is a read that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the very last page. It's the tale of Summer who disappears along with her friend Haley only to be discovered later in a park. One girl is found dead and the other badly beaten beyond recognition and time is ticking to find out exactly what happened and who did this to them.
Without giving too much away, Bill, Summer’s father is determined to find out the truth about his daughter’s disappearance and he stops at nothing to find justice. He jumps on every clue and just about accuses anyone with any connection to Summer. I understood his concern and wanting to get justice but sometimes I was just wanted him to chill out. He was accusing everyone but the one person he never suspects who was literally in front of his face.
This story is more about just Summer's disappearance. There is also the issue of Bill's wife who has been dead for a few years and how both Summer and Bill are dealing with that. Bill feels that she was having an affair but was she? Her death was an accident but was it really? And is there a connection between the two? Not to mention Bill and Summer's relationship or lack there of. All of these things play into each other and things become clear towards the end.
I’m a fan of thrillers/mysteries/suspense and boy does this one give us all three. I wasn’t even at the half way point when I was thrown for two loops and had to stay up, I couldn’t stop reading. I felt this novel has everything that you could want in a suspense read. Lots of twist and turns, tons of suspects and you never knew how things were going to play out until the very end. The storyline is perfect with amazing characters, this one definitely delivery beyond my expectations. I’m new to David Bell’s books but after this one, I’m definitely checking out all of his past reads.