“Bell imagines a suburban world where no one really knows what’s happening behind all those drawn blinds. In Bell’s take, though, even the people inside don’t really know what’s happening. That’s where his brilliance, and the brilliance of Bring Her Home, rests.”—Providence Journal
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...
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Bell's (Since She Went Away) fraught family thriller puts a number of people through an emotional wringer, but none more than widower Bill Price, who lost his wife to a home accident less than two years earlier. Now he rushes to the Jakesville hospital, where his 15-year-old daughter, Summer, who's been missing for nearly two days, is in intensive care after being found, unconscious and badly beaten, in a local park. Summer's best friend, Haley Rodgers, died of her injuries in the park attack. A distraught Bill quickly focuses blame on three boys who were friends of the girls. Secrets emerge about Summer's life as she remains in a coma. Then a shocking revelation changes everything, and further revelations drive Bill to more and more desperate behavior in an exhausting series of trials and tribulations. Six-city author tour.
Being a small town, KY girl, I was excited to read this one - and I wasn't disappointed! The story is well-written, the characters are interesting and plain-spoken (the way most of us are), and the plot was full of twists. The story is told from the perspective of main character, Bill Price. Bill is quick to anger and shows his temper often, which is understandable given the circumstances. There are a few things in the story that were a bit unrealistic, but they worked for keeping the suspense going. The book is lengthy, but very hard to put down. It's gripping and the flow is such that you sit down with the intention of reading one or two chapters and before you realize it, you've read ten! Overall, this compelling thriller kept me turning pages and is one that I would easily recommend.
Page turner for sure!
Almost a 500 page book and it flew by. Will read this author again.
BRING HER HOME
BRING HER HOME by David Bell. The story grabs you from the first, with Bill losing his wife 1 1/2 years ago. To now his 15 year year old daughter in critical condition, in hospital. So beaten, is it Summer, her best friend Haley didn't make it. They didn't drive yet, had friends that were boys, but no one special. The secrets the living and the dead had. Bill goes to were homeless people are, by chance he finds a bracelet that once belong to Summer's mother. Bill questions, was it really his daughter, and trying to figure out, who could do such a ghastly crime. The questions aren't answered till the end, story moves along at a good pace. Good thriller, another good story by David .Bell. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.