The Breakdown by B. A Paris

Breakdown InstaCass 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…


The Breakdown by B.A Paris is one book that I couldn’t wait to read this year. Behind Closed Doors is one of my favorite thrillers and so when I saw that Paris had written a new book, I just knew that I had to get it. The story begins on a cold stormy night when Cass is driving home through a wooded, scheduled road when she sees a ‘stranded’ woman in a car. A series of events occur leading her to leave the woman behind only to wake up the next day and the woman is dead.

The entire story revolves around Cass whose world quickly disintegrated after the encounter with the murdered woman. A lot goes on including a possible stalking and an early onset-dementia. With her failing memory, Cass became an unreliable narrator. She did things that didn’t make sense and her memory kept slipping. I thought her character was quite sympathetic but I just couldn’t figure out what was real and what wasn’t around her. I knew that there was more to the story but couldn’t guess what was happening.

This book wasn’t twisty. As a matter of fact, it felt like nothing much was happening especially since most of the story revolved around Cass and her thoughts about events around her and the murder. Another thing that bugged me was the coincidences. I really wasn’t convinced by some of the things that happened around the big reveal. They felt a bit convenient. Nevertheless, I couldn’t stop reading the book. I know that sounds confusing but it is true. The writing was addictive such that the issues that bugged me didn’t affect my reading experience much.

The final 100 pages were even more addictive especially after the big twist. I had accurately guessed part of the reveal and motive but not the entire twist. Certain characters changed from the role of victims to the avengers which I thought was exciting. In the end, the reveals were not shocking as in BCD but this was still an entertaining read.



35 thoughts on “The Breakdown by B. A Paris

  1. I’ve read several reviews saying they felt that not much was happening in this plot. I think I’m one of the very few who didn’t love Behind Closed Doors so I’m passing on this one. I’m glad it ended up being an addictive read for you though!

    1. I think that had something to do with B.A;s writing. I didn’t love the story but I still couldn’t out it down :-)I was hooked to the plot.

  2. I really liked Behind Closed Doors, too, though it did require some suspension of disbelief. I’ve read great and not so great reviews about this one. Your review gives a fresh take, but I’m still on the fence!

    1. Perhaps you will be on the side of those who love it. I have seen comments that most of those who had issues with it have read BCD and so they compare the two. However, those who haven’t seem to enjoy this one more. I hope that you will like it though when you get a chance to read it 🙂

    2. The plot sounds interesting to me, and definitely different from all the other thrillers coming out. It almost sounds like maybe the main character is taking on the role of the dead woman (like, maybe the dead woman has a baby, and that’s why the narrator ordered a baby carriage).

  3. Great review! I haven’t read a thriller in a while, and you have me wanting to pick this one up! It does make me nervous that it feels like nothing is happening for a while, though. Thrillers take me a while to read because they can be slow at times.

    1. Interestingly,this isn’t a slowburner since the pace moves fast but there are no big twists,reveals though there are little things happening throughout.I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did:-)

    2. Interestingly,this isn’t a slowburner since the pace moves fast but there are no big twists,reveals though there are little things happening throughout.I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did:-)

    1. The knife is one of the things that I’m referring to in my second-last paragraph.Its part of the reason I didn’t love the book but I still liked it enough to read it in two sittings 🙂

  4. Enjoyed your thoughts! I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile! So many books!! LOL

  5. Great review! I had a similar experience with the final part of this book! Good to hear you still found it entertaining despite it not being as good has her first. (Really need to read that one soon…)

  6. I totally understand your feelings. Coincidences make me roll my eyes, they’re too easy to be called twists or plot elements! But sometimes you’re still compelled to read a story up to the end because there’s something there that keeps you in. Great review!

    1. That is exactly what happened with this book.Despite the coincedences(and some were quite unbelievable),I could stop reading this one.I think its the writing but there was definitely something addictive about the story:-)

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