Posted on September 22, 2017 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 2017 new release challenge, David Bell, mystery, Netgalley, thriller / 0 Comments

Title: Bring Her Home
Author: David Bell
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: July 11th, 2017 
Publisher: Books On Tape
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Buy: Amazon 

This is my first foray into the world of David Bell. Therefore, I am unable to make any comparison to other works. I can’t speak to which is better. However, what I can say is, I enjoyed this book. Yes, it is a mystery filled with many twists and turns, but for me, it was more that. 
Bring Her Home gave me a firsthand look into a grieving man’s life.  Dealing with loss is a difficult road for one travel and to do so twice in a short space of time could not have been easy for Bill Price. I may not have agreed with how he approached the situation, but I completely understood his actions. We each grieve in our own way and I saw Bill’s actions as his way of coping.  I could relate to what he was going through.  His feelings of helplessness, guilt, and anger leaped off the pages.  
The portrayal of Bill along with the supporting characters was the driving force behind my enjoyment of this book. Mr. Bell created convincing characters, who were easy to care for and I was eager to discover what would become of each of them.
I consider a well-written mystery to be filled with suspense, unexpected outcomes and one which keeps me guessing from start to finish. Bring her Home encapsulated these criteria for the most part. There were a few events that threw me for a loop and for a time I kept trying to figure out the identity of the villain. There were many possible suspects.  However, as the events unfolded and actions became clearer, the identity was no longer a mystery.  The motive eluded me for a majority of the story, but then it too became clear after a while.
This is a story that one needs to approach with an open mind. One should never go into this story with any preconceived notions as doing so may cause disappointment.
The story was well written and the pacing for the most was good. However, there were aspects of the story which moved a bit slow for my tastes.  As a result, I had a difficult time getting through these areas which tainted my experience to some degree.  There is not much more I can say regarding this story without giving away the plot.  Therefore if you are curious about the events that transpired in this story and you enjoy mysteries then you need to experience it through your own eyes. 
Overall, this was an OK read. It was not mind-blowing, but it kept me entertained. Would I read more from this author?
Definitely, yes
“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…

David Bell’s newest novel, BRING HER HOME, is available now from Berkley/Penguin. 
He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University and can be reached via his website at, on Twitter at, and on Facebook at
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