Title- The Breakdown
Author- B.A. Paris
Published- Feb 2017
Genre- Fiction, thriller, mystery, psychological
Length- 384 pages
Synopsis (Goodreads) – 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…
Review – This probably isn’t quite as good as Behind Closed Doors but it is still pretty great.
When I first started reading this the language and writing style seemed a bit too simplistic as if it was meant for a small child but that is my only real complaint. After a couple of pages that either changed or I got used to it so it really wasn’t a big issue.
This is one of the better thrillers I have read lately. I really didn’t want to put it down, which to me is the way it should be with a thriller. Saying that, it isn’t desperately fast paced, there is quite a lot of set-up for some things going on, but just the right amount. I think if there had been any more it would have been silly but everything in there was necessary for the plot.
The character development was appropriate, some of what they did was a little unbelievable but there was nothing drastic enough to ruin the story.
There were two twists really which was a nice surprise, I didn’t see either of them coming even though I had really been trying to guess at things the whole way through.
Overall this is a good, easy to read thriller, and I would recommend it if you like the genre.