Bring Her Home, David Bell: Book Review

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David Bell

"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...

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Berkley for allowing us to read David Bell’s Bring Her Home.

David Bell‘s newest novel Bring Her Home is an exciting ride that you will not want to miss.

The book begins with our narrator, Bill Price, who loses the most throughout this thrilling mystery. Bill Price is a concerned and loving parent to Summer Price. He is a normal parent who would do anything for his family. But one evening Bill is informed that his daughter Summer has been beaten severely and is in a coma. He had not heard from Summer in a little bit because she was hanging out with her best friend, Haley. So this news was sudden and shocking.

In the beginning chapters, you see Bill in the emergency room after he receives a call concerning his daughter, Summer. Bill is panicked because a year and a half ago he lost his wife suddenly and unexpectedly, so he could not take losing his only child.

When Price encounters Detective Hawkins at the hospital, he gets a feeling that something is not right. However, Hawkins brings forth good news, saying that his daughter is alive and stable from the attack. But Summer is unconscious and was beaten badly.

“Wait a minute,” Bill said. “Them. You said they were found. You mean Summer and Haley. I didn’t think to ask, but how is Haley doing?”

Hawkins hesitated for the briefest of seconds. Then he said, “I’m sorry, Bill, but Haley was deceased at the scene. She’d been beaten more severely than Summer. Her injuries were too extensive for anyone to survive.”

— excerpt from David Bell’s Bring Her Home

This death took me off guard at first because I barely knew who Haley was other than a close friend of Summer’s. But I also loved how their was a heinous murder at the beginning. After Bill finds out that Summer’s best friend Haley was killed, he wants to know who would of done this. His first mission is to make sure Summer is okay, and his second mission is to help bring the killer into custody. This made me more intrigued to find out who assaulted and beat up these girls and why this happened to them.

The girls were found in Dunlap Park, which is known for dangerous activities (an important setting). Detective Hawkins tells Bill that that was where the girls were found. Bill asks Hawkins who found them, and Hawkins said the call was made by a man with a disguised voice. This is suspicious because maybe the person on the phone could of been the killer. I think that the person who found them/called the police was connected to the murder, but that was just my assumption after reading that. Hawkins also asks Bill if Summer was in any relationships that could of been suspicious to him. Bill thought of a few guys she hung out with but he didn’t know if there was anything dangerous about them. So Bill has to go deeper into who Summer really was when she wasn’t home.

Throughout the novel, you see Bill and his sister demand answers to what happened to his daughter and her best friend. You find out there is a reason why Haley is dead and Summer was attacked. The were not just random targets. Bell did a really good job with building up the plot by having Bill Price be the one to ask the important questions about why this happened. This plot line was also interesting because you have to think about why Summer and Haley were there (or brought there). You also have to question everyone because you never know if the person who did this was someone you knew or even loved.

“Brain damage. Vision loss.

The nightmare might never end. It might continue on and on for the rest of Summer’s life. The very essence of who she was could be shattered. Her laugh. Her intelligence. Her sarcastic humor.

But she was alive. Bill reminded himself of that.

Life. That mattered.”

— excerpt from David Bell’s Bring Her Home

I did like how much suspense and secrets there were in this novel revolving around Summer, the town and the killer. I recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries (and doesn’t mind insomnia) because you will want to read this book every minute until you finish it.

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Jessica Duffield
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