Review// The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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Author: B.A. Paris
Series: Standalone
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: February 9, 2017
Book Length: 328 pages 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Review: 3/5

My Review:

As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours, and for Cass Anderson, that statement could not be more fitting.

One night, on her way home from a friend’s house, Cass takes a turn onto a desolate road in the middle of the woods during a rainstorm. She spots the car of an unidentifiable woman on the side of the road, and after turning it over in her mind, decides against stopping to make sure she is okay, for fear that something might happen to her if she does. The next morning, she learns that the woman, Jane, whom Cass later realizes she knew, had been murdered, and the decision to drive off sparks a sequence of events that that lunges Cass into a downward spiral.

This book truly frightened me at times. Cass was losing her mind for the entirety of the book, and at first, when it was little things, I chalked it up to bad memory, but later, when it was bigger, more important details, I was starting to think I was going insane – perhaps not having paid attention enough myself. One of the strangest things I found about the narrative was how often Matthew, Cass’ husband, and Rachel, Cass’ childhood best friend, brought up the murder in the woods. Yes, that’s what the book was primarily about, but it was almost a little bit too much and far fetched that these people would be bringing up the subject for that long, especially not having known Cass had been at the scene that night. Although, in the author’s defense, I kiiind of understand how it helped build up the story for the later parts of the book.

Despite that, I did enjoy this read – it was eerie, and I couldn’t wait to find out what had happened to Jane and why. With that said though, the ending was kind of predictable and it was a little bit silly how Cass ‘guessed’ who had done it and why (uh, same!).

B.A. Paris is a safe bet if you are looking for a quick and easy thriller though, and despite having a hunch about the ending, I still think it’s one worth reading.

If anyone has any other good thriller recommendations, please let me know! 🙂

-Catherine

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7 thoughts on “Review// The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

  1. Great review! I found it interesting how the author depicted the character as losing her mind and so made you feel like it was happening to you too 🤣 The author’s other book, “Behind Closed Doors”, was a 3-star read for me as well. It was creepy but also kind of predictable.

    I haven’t quite read thrillers yet this year but I have read two crime novels recently—“The Dry” by Jane Harper, and “After I’m Gone” by Laura Lippman. The former explores the murder of a family in a small town, framed as a suicide, and the latter traces what happens to the family members when its patriarch, a wanted criminal, disappears and his mistress is murdered. They were reliable 4-star reads for me. 😄

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    • Exactly!! I was like wait, I don’t remember her doing xyz, how come people are telling her she did? And to make matters worse, I was reading the audio so it was hard to flip back to double check 😂 I read “Behind Closed Doors” too and I think I gave it a 4 back then, but it was also predictable and I think it’s more of a 3 if I were to rate it again now.

      Ouu those sound interesting; thanks for the recommendations! I haven’t been truly wowed by a thriller in so long, I’m looking forward to checking these out! 😊

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