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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…

Review

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.

 

 

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25 comments on “The Breakdown by B. A Paris

  1. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    July 21, 2017

    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!

    • Diana
      July 21, 2017

      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. Susie | Novel Visits
    July 21, 2017

    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!

    • Diana
      July 21, 2017

      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 🙂

    • Grab the Lapels
      July 31, 2017

      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. I loved the ending as well, that was truly captivating and it really shows what she can do! I think we have sort or less the same feeling about this one!

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      She’s good with her endings.I still recall how BCD ends 🙂

  4. anovelglimpse
    July 21, 2017

    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.

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      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:-)

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      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:-)

  5. Annie
    July 21, 2017

    Im glad you loved this one, I couldn’t deal with the knife thing lol

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      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 🙂

  6. Wonderful review Diana! As you know, I had some of the same issues, but still enjoyed it too.😊

  7. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    July 21, 2017

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

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      Lol I hear you about the many books 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy it though if you get a chance to read it 🙂

  8. Yvo
    July 21, 2017

    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…)

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      Please read BCD if you get a chance.I think you’ll love it.Thanks 🙂

      • Yvo
        July 23, 2017

        I have a copy on my kindle so I will definitely do so before the end of the year!

  9. 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!

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      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:-)

  10. Laila@BigReadingLife
    July 22, 2017

    A very intriguing premise. I haven’t read her first one, though, so I’d better do that before I try this.

    • Diana
      July 23, 2017

      I definitely reccomend Behind Closed Doors.I hope you’ll enjoy both books if you get a chance to read them:-)

  11. Jasmine
    August 21, 2017

    Wonderful review Diana. I really want to read this book and Behind Closed Doors. I’m glad you enjoyed both.

    • Diana
      August 21, 2017

      I hope you’ll enjoy both.Thanks 🙂

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