Book Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

August 24, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Breakdown by B.A. ParisThe Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 18th 2017
Genres: Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 328
Source: NetGalley
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If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

 

You know you love an author when you’re dying to read their new novel but also terrified at what you’re going to find inside. I read B.A. Paris’s debut novel last year and talked about it for days afterward. It was SO thrilling but also it gave me mini heart attacks. Needless to say, my expectations were pretty high going into this one. Also, I need a baby blanket to almost fully cover my eyes while reading her stuff! Someone get me my mommy, or a therapy dog, or something!

The Breakdown starts off innocuously enough but as I said above her writing is psychological, so the entire first section of the book, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. It does but over time. What I love about Paris’s writing is that she knows how to turn up the volume and just when the crescendo is getting to where I cannot stand not knowing what is going on, she gives you a breather. The pacing is extraordinary and keeps me glued to the pages even while I’m dying to flip through to the end.

This book is about a gal, Cass, who’s mother died of dementia. Sadly for Cass, she believes she’s starting to get signs of it as well. After a murder, on a street that is very close to home and one she drives down frequently, she starts freaking out. There are things happening around her that she can’t quite understand. Many things go missing, or she frequently forgets appointments, meetings with friends, stuff with her hubby, etc. She’s feeling crazier and crazier and on top of that, she has a killer in her neighborhood. That’s enough to drive anyone mad!

The only bit that upset me was that she immediately turns to dementia. Everyone forgets, it’s normal but even as the reader, I was worried for and about her. To the point that I was not sure what she is even capable of. The other characters do not know how to help her as she is slowly descending into madness. It’s infuriating for her, for them, and for me!

I managed to figure it out but it was a reach. I guessed and it was a blind guess but in the end I wound up being right. I would say, follow the clues because they’re there, but allow yourself to enjoy the story.

I have to leave the review at that because it will be so easy to spoil this one!

In short: B.A. Paris did not disappoint. This is different from her first, in various ways, but still just as fascinating.

 

 

Rating Report
Plot
4.5 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 4.8 / 5

 

 

B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

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