Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (2017)

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My Rating: 4 stars                         Read: 2/25/2017

Challenges:

  • New Release Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Challenge

Blurb:

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…

READ MY REVIEW AFTER THE BREAK
Review:

I’m rating this thriller a solid four stars because it is an entertaining read that kept me turning pages and because I liked the ending.

In the story a woman named Cass takes a shortcut home through the woods (in her car) on a stormy night and sees another woman in a car sitting in a turnout. Cass pauses, wondering if the woman needs help, but the woman doesn’t signal her and in the end Cass’s nerves get the better of her and she drives on. The next day she learns this woman was later murdered. She is afterwards haunted by guilt and then by the fear that the woman’s murderer is after her. Is Cass crazy? Paranoid? Imagining things? Or is she really in danger?

This is a very “quiet” book, by which I mean that the stage is very small (mostly Cass’s home) and the characters are few. For a great deal of the book the main action consists of things like silent phone calls or shopping, with lots of Cass forgetting things and wondering if she’s mad and/or her husband acting worried about her mental state. I admit that it dragged a bit for me from about 50% to 70%, and the incidents got to feel repetitive.

I suppose the writer wanted to create doubt about Cass’s mental ability, and keep the reader guessing, but one thing that I found difficult to swallow were very stupid choices Cass makes right away.(view spoiler) This creates a whole lot of drama that could have been easily avoided (but then, there wouldn’t be a book. I suppose). There are more lame choices by Cass along the way, and I found myself getting annoyed with her.

Despite this, the book kept me reading to find out what was really going on. There is a nice sense of creeping dread in the book, and when the plot finally turned, I quite enjoyed the ending even if I didn’t particularly end up liking the heroine.

If you like psychological suspense, you will probably enjoy reading this book.

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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