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…
My Thoughts: Our primary narrator in Bring Her Home is Bill Price, the father of Summer, one of the missing teenagers. One girl was dead, the other badly beaten, and one is still missing. We soon realize the ultimate dilemma in a situation like this. Who is the girl in the hospital, what happened to her, and will we ever know the truth about what happened.
Many red herrings and surprise twists kept me intrigued throughout, and I soon realized that I didn’t trust anyone. Even though I was primarily rooting for the father to find his daughter and his answers, I also felt troubled by some issues that came to light through the investigation. The presence of Bill’s sister Paige added an interesting layer, as she offered helpful insights, and their conversations gave us a hint of their family life as children.
Who can a parent trust in this situation, and what more will be revealed before the end? How does the death of Julia, Bill’s wife and Summer’s mother, figure into what is now happening? The answers did not come easily, and the unexpected twist at the end left me pondering all the nefarious characters and their motives. An intriguing story that left me wondering throughout. 4.5 stars.