Bring Her Home by David Bell

Bring Her Home

David Bell

An electrifying new suspense novel from David Bell--the bestselling and acclaimed author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know.

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“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...

Advance Galley Reviews

A good book with excellent plot line and beautiful characters.

Bring Her Home is a thriller/mystery about an attack on two girls in a park; one survived, one didn't. This story is a compelling story, but the writing drags in places. The start is especially slow. If you hang on and keep reading, it becomes much better and ends up being a very good plot in the end.

Bring Her Home has a great start, but starts to drag in the middle. I loved the beginning and the mystery of what could have happened to Summer and Haley. I didn't suspect the twists, but probably because I read it in increments and forgot details.

This book captivated me from the first 10 pages. It follows Bill, a distraught father after discovering his daughter is missing. This book has lots of twists and turns. it was slightly predictable but I still give it a 5-star rating. The storyline and characters were fascinating and writing was beautifully done.

I did not finish this book.

'Bring her Home' is told from the P.O.V of a father whose daughter goes out one day with her best friend and is found days later, beaten almost to death. The family of dad and daughter are still struggling to resolve their grief over the death the previous year of their wife/mother and I think an adequate job is done of conveying their relationship and the strain it has placed on them. However, the twists and plot turns I saw coming quite early on, so it wasn't particularly thrilling. Chapters were short and drove the story forward yet I found it hard to keep going to the end. It seemed a chore to finish it more than something I enjoyed, mostly because I didn't think the way the father behaved was what most parents would do but that is just my perspective which is limited. I would definitely read other books by David Bell as opinion seems to be that this is not his normal standard of work by many fans on the blogspehere. Thanks again FTR for this opportunity to read.

Beautiful cover, suspenseful description, a bit overly dramatic for my tastes. I was hooked for the first fifty pages or so, and then I started getting this feeling, like I had been here before. Things started getting a little repetitive. Still good!...but recurrent. Bill and I just didn't get along, I think. "I need to talk to you!" At least the cover is really pretty.

I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads. While I liked the book, it was predictable. I had this one figured out 25 pages into the book. It just seemed too obvious to me. It was decent enough but it is a bit of a bummer to know immediately what's going on.

This is the first novel I've read by David Bell, and based on this novel I would be inclined to read others by this author. Bring Her Home is the story of a desperate father searching for his daughter, it is suspenseful and full of twists that keep the reader interested till the end. I liked the brief chapters that ended with just enough information to propel the story forward and keep you wanting more. Sometimes the descriptive writing seemed a bit intrusive and I wanted the story to show me rather than tell me what, for example, a character might be thinking, but this seemed to disappear as I got into the plot. The writer excels at dialogue and this is what truly drives the story along. Thank you to Penguin's First to Read program for this novel.

Bring Her Home by David Bell was a twisting nightmare of a story for any parent. Bill Price's daughter and her best friend disappear without a trace soon after he goes through his wife's tragic death. The girls are found at the park a couple of days later, one dead and the other severely beaten beyond recognition. Without giving too much away, the story twists and turns and brings secrets to the surface that make Bill question things about his daughter and his late wife. Bell's writing is definitely thorough, though maybe a little long-winded and repetitive at times. Recommend to mystery readers.

This book drew me in from the first page. Two teenage girls, Summer and Haley are missing-a parent's greatest fear. Then two badly beaten girls are found. One is dead the other is thought to be Summer, but...Twists and turns carry the reader through the story. I believed I had the plot figured out, then there would be another twist and I would have doubts. While reading I frequently found myself irritated by the behavior of Bill (Summer's father) and the investigating detective. Bill constantly undermined the police investigation and the detective proved to be spineless. Though flawed, the suspense, twists, and continued hope that things would work out for Bill kept me reading.

I received this book through First to Read free in exchange for an honest review. The story was full of twists and turns, suspense. Characters are well written. I enjoyed it.

The premise of this book was intriguing, but I found it slow to start and I had a hard time getting into it. I put this book down after about 50 pages and wasn't able to find a connection with the characters or the plot line.

I wasn't able to read this ebook. I downloaded my copy to Adobe Digital Editions shortly after being approved, however when I went to access it on Adobe D.E. earlier today, it said the ebook expired and I no longer had access. If the review isn't due until July 11th, why have the ebook ARC expire before then?

This story really hit home for me. As a parent of a teenager, one of the things you worry constantly about is their safety. The twists in this story kept me enthralled and I had to know exactly what happened. Will definitely recommend.

This book I received as part of Penguin Publishing's First To Read program. I believe this book was a great read. The plot for Bring Her Home was suspenseful. It had so many twists and turns. I found myself thinking about what would happen next when I wasn't reading. I, overall, enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery thriller.

Great read! Kept me engrossed. The author deals with some heavy issues like child abuse and when does discipling your child go too far. The many twists and turns in the book keep up the pacing and the energy of the plot. This a book that deals with many heady issues while still telling a really great story.

David Bell definitely created a page-turner with many twist and turns. As a parent, you can feel the horror Bill feels when his daughter goes missing and then additional horror as secrets about the bandaged girl in the hospital are revealed. From twist to twist, David Bell kept me engaged in this story packed with suspense. I definitely recommend it to all for a great summer read.

I felt the horror in every page, as every parent of a teenager will, as I watched Bill's struggle unfold when his teenage daughter doesn't come home after a night with her best friend. I have felt that worry and fear in my own life and this story felt so authentic to those feelings that I'd like to never feel again, except in story form of course. Joining Bill on this journey to discover what happened to his daughter was the ride of the summer so far for me. I couldn't put this book down and read far into the night for several nights. It was twisty and turny with some great red herrings and some awesome aha moments. This author knows how to ramp up the tension and anxiety and I loved every moment of it. I highly recommend this one to lovers of thrillers, lovers of the tense and anxious, and anyone who loves to read late into the night in a book you can't put down until you know what really happened. This was all of those things and more and I loved every fabulous word.

Bill Price lost his wife almost 2 years ago and is struggling to raise his daughter Summer. He works hard to not be an overbearing father but supporting her at the same time as she misses her mother. Whether by design or not, Bill Price is not an endearing character. He is quick to anger, jumps to becoming physical to express his emotions, and makes a lot of assumptions. So when Summer is found thoroughly beaten after being gone for several days, Bill Price doesn't handle himself very well. For me, this got in the way of what was an incredible story. Other than that, Mr. Bell must have wrung his hands and chuckled evilly to himself as he wrote some of the twists in this book. I will admit that while I have perhaps over-read the genre, he surprised me on a couple occasions. This book should be on everyone's summer reading list.

A fun read with lots of twists and turns. The writing isn't the best but the story was fast-paced with lots of surprises. Overall very enjoyable.

I enjoyed this book, but I did not love it. I guessed right away who the culprit was, which is unusual for me as I don't like to try to guess. There were twists in it that were very well done but I would say this book was not my favorite. Definitely enjoyable but not my favorite.

This book is full of twists and turns! Beautifully written, couldnt put it down! Just when I thought I knew who had hurt those girls, the plot twisted. Highly recommend.

I found the writing poor and uninspired

Good plot with plenty of twists and turns, some I predicted and some blew me away. I can't imagine being a parent going through this situation, but some of the impulsive behaviour from Bill just drove me crazy. Instead of letting the police do their job, it seemed like he was getting in the way all the time and making too many assumptions. Overall good book.

3.5 stars. This was the first book that I have read by David Bell, and now I am interested in reading his others. Bring Her Home is about a father searching for answers to what happened to his daughter Summer and her best friend Haley after one is found dead and the other beaten beyond recognition. The book's description somewhat gives away one of the twists, but there are others to unravel that make it well worth reading. My only complaint is that it started off a bit slow and was hard to get hooked on. If I weren't the type of person who is curious and has to complete most things, I might not have finished. I'm glad I did, though!

Such a good read. I could t put it down, just when I thought I knew there was a twist that made me second guess myself. Great read!

Engrossing read with twists and turns. Makes one think about how well we know the people in our lives. The ending was a surprise.

This was the first book that I had read from this author, but will definitely not be the last. When Bill's daughter comes up missing, he does not give up on searching for her. The book was a great psychological thriller and kept me on my seat and guessing until the very end. I found that parts of it began to sound repetitive, but it was still a solid read. I will definitely read more books by this author.

David Bell is one of my favorite authors. I've always enjoyed his offerings with firsttoread and get excited when another one is coming out. That being said, I just couldn't get into this book as much as the others. I read the whole thing to find out what happened to Summer, but it just wasn't as suspenseful as Bell's other books. Maybe I got tired of Bill trying to run around and beat everyone up. The characters just didn't do it for me this time.

Bring Her Home was a fast read with several interesting twists and turns. I just had a hard time liking the book because I disliked all the characters so much. I know it would be hard to predict what one would do in Bill's situation; but, his actions were so stupid that I became totally unsympathetic to him. To me a great plot was ruined by lackluster characters.

I am sharing the review I put on my blog, If you've been following my blog for the past couple of years, you know I discovered David Bell around the time of my thirty-ninth birthday. I've read all of his books in that time. A few months ago, I saw that he had a new book coming out this July, so I pre-ordered it. Then, a month or so ago, I checked an email from First to Read, an advanced reader service from Penguin Publishers. I check these emails whenever I get them, but they seldom have anything that I want to read and if they do, I am never chosen for it. Until this book. A few weeks ago, I received the email that I was chosen to get an advanced reader copy of this. The only drawback, as I saw it, is that it was an ebook, and not a paperback like all of my other copies of Bell's books. I am so glad I got to read this before it came out to the general public; it made me feel pretty special. As with Bell's previous works, this is a book of suspense, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat in the very best way possible. Even with the wonky format on my Kindle that made reading this troublesome sometimes, I didn't want to put this down to go to sleep or be a productive member of society. When the book starts out, Bill has just arrived at the hospital. His fifteen year old daughter, Summer, had been missing, and it seems she has been found. She went missing with her friend, Haley, and someone called in an anonymous tip that allowed the girls to be found. Both girls had been beaten severely: one within an inch of her life, and one who died of her injuries. When she got moved to the ICU, Bill sat with his daughter, hoping she would heal. Having lost his wife a year and a half prior, Summer meant even more to him. Bill's sister, Paige, came to offer support, and after some of Summer's unconscious actions drew her attention, she questioned if the girl they'd been standing vigil over was actually Summer. As it turns out, it wasn't; it was her best friend, Haley. This only left the dead girl, which everyone had thought was Haley. As Bill is trying to process the death of his daughter and makes arrangements for her burial, he receives the call that this girl is not his daughter either. So, where is Summer? Bill follows every lead, almost getting himself into trouble with law enforcement himself. He believes that some of Summer's male friends may be involved, and everyone seems to be a suspect, even himself at one point. He learns who he can trust and who he can't. Like everything I have read of Bell's, this book makes you think. I found myself second guessing myself the whole time in who I thought was the guilty party, which is part of the fun of reading this type of book for me. Bell makes you feel what the characters feel, and he writes so that you can envision what's going on clearly. No detail is left out, but it's not tedious like many books with a lot of detail can be. If it wasn't obvious from this post, I will continue reading Bell's books. They are something I find myself looking forward to every summer.

The worst fear in the world for a parent is something happening to their child. When Summer and her bestfriend Haley go missing Bill was losing his mind with worry. His wife died in an accidental fall a year and a half before and now this. Bill was running around doing some bonehead things that I personally didn't agree with. I also don't know how I would react in a similar situation. There were some twists in the book that kept it exciting. I liked that it wasn't predictable. There were parts I saw coming as well as parts that had my eyes widening. Thanks to FTR, David Bell and the publisher for allowing me to review this copy.

Bring Her Home is one of those books that not only captures your imagination and takes you for a ride, but also makes you look at the way you parent, the way you interact with your spouse, and the way you see all of your relationships. It brings you in to the nightmare of Bill Price: his wife died tragically just the year or so before the story opens and his 15-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, go missing. When two girls are found, one dead and one just barely alive, the story takes off and doesn't let go. You follow Bill as he waits, as he falls apart, and as he questions everything he thought he knew. The book was an engrossing read, with enough action and twists to keep the reader guessing. I appreciate Penguin's First To Read program for allowing me early access to this story in exchange for an honest review.

???????? I enjoyed this book. Thank you!

This books starts out telling the story of a possible crime, the disappearance of a teenage girl. It ends up being a story of more than one possible crime. Bill Price is a widowed father whose daughter is missing. Because of the pretty recent death of his wife, he has been struggling with managing his grief and his daughter's. The character of Bill Price is flawed in a believable way. He tries to be a good parent, but often feels that he is failing or could do better. He struggles with his anger and frequently acts impulsively, which seems to have a negative effect on the investigation into his daughter's disappearance. Then his daughter is found, badly beaten and at death's door. Or is she? I was kept enthralled with this story from the get go. My thanks to the Penguin's First to Read program and the author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Another solid entry from David Bell! This is the story of Bill Price, a widower raising a teenaged daughter, Summer. One night, Summer and her best friend go out, and they don't come home. They're found days later, with Summer beaten badly, and her friend dead. But wait... Like all good books, there's so much more. And I can't say any of it without revealing too much. What I can say is that I really like the way Bell writes father/daughter relationships. He makes them real, honest, difficult, yet still special. He doesn't write Father Knows Best tales. But he does explore the ways dads know their daughters, in ways that their mothers and friends don't always. He honors that bond that exists between fathers and daughters, the devotion shared just between them, without ever vaunting either of them into an elevated status of unrealistic perfection. There is something that each gets from the other, that comes from no one else. And Bell captures this perfectly. He also develops a great sense of place, and I'm not sure how. His stories could happen anywhere, and he doesn't spend a whole lot of time developing his locations. Yet you always know where you are, what kind of community it is, the way the story is interacting in its larger world. It's a neat accomplishment that he handles deftly. If you've never read anything by David Bell, pick up any of his books - you won't be disappointed. And if you're a regular fan, get your hands on this as soon as you can -you'll be happy you did. My thanks to the author and First to Read for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don't quite know where to start with this one so I'll just jump right in and say WOW! Bring Her Home is a thrilling and heart wrenching puzzle with twists and turns that nobody would be able to predict. This is the kind of book that is perfect for people looking for a quick and easy mystery without compromising the integrity of a great story. When Bill's daughter, Summer, goes missing and is brought to a hospital a few days later he has no idea that it is only the beginning of the roller coaster that has now become his life. With so many twists and turns this book is never short of surprises and left me unable to put it down. It's far from predictable and a very enjoyable read and I recommend it to anybody looking for a summer mystery with substance!

This story was like a puzzle box. It just kept opening and revealing new things. I liked The writing style that Bell used for this thriller. Bell used many ideas in this story that have happened in reality the past few years. So it gave the story a bit of a creepy this could happen to you factor. Give it a try when it is released.

Fast and taut, as a good thriller should be. Bring Her Home is filled with a grab bag of excellent devices sure to keep pages turning and readers breathless. Red herrings, secrets layered upon secrets and quiet suburbs that suddenly come alive with dark deeds, what more could a reader ask for? Just when you think you have one piece figured out, another puzzle opens up and the author presents more complications. Two girls go missing, one body returns, one unrecognizable girl is still alive, and then perhaps there is still more to discover. This is a great thriller.


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