Review ~ THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
B.A. ParisRelease date is July 18, 2017
Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!
THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
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 won’t be able to put down B. A. Paris’s The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.
*4.5 Stars…because I would not, COULD NOT, put this down!
There are no profound reasons as to why this book was so much fun for me. It certainly doesn’t shatter any psychological-thriller molds, and to be quite honest, there wasn’t all that much shock value in its pages. There were some seemingly mundane moments that some could even call repetitive.
So why, oh why then, could I Not. Stop. Reading?
It boils down to an exhilarating execution: The quick pacing; the heavy buildup of anticipation; the spark of mistrust in everyone, and the growing fragility of the main protagonist…
Cass is literally having a mental breakdown after the murder of a local woman is discovered…a woman she could possibly have helped.
As the guilt eats away at her conscience, Cass’s emotional distress quickly spirals into hysteria. Add the growing forgetfulness and constant paranoia to her heaping pile of anguish, and suddenly Cass doesn’t recognize the lunatic she’s become.
She’s almost certain she’s suffering from early onset dementia—the condition that has stole her mother’s life—and no one, not even her husband, will believe that someone is out to get her.
Cass’s continual highs and lows will cause you whiplash, and you will FEEL her frustration as she grasps at straws (tongs, and cans of hairspray) to keep her crumbling life together!
It is exhausting for her.
It will be exhausting for you.
And that is the genius of it.
Because, like it or not, you’re sitting shotgun on the roller coaster of Cass’s emotions.
And then there is the final 25%…packed with action and epiphanies, and decisions that will make you want to high-five your fictional friends.
From beginning to end, this read was addictive. I gobbled it whole, and even though some of the logic in this plot may not hold up under the heavy scrutiny of the savvy thriller-reader—I cannot recommend this one enough to fans of the genre!
My only problem is what to read after this…
*Arc provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*