The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Breakdown

Summary: 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…


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I was late to the game of Behind Closed Doors– a book that I found to be good, but the sinisterness of the book just dripped off many of the pages. The Breakdown is not like that. You won’t feel the mounting terror that you did in Behind Closed Doors.


The Breakdown is more subtle, like a cat and mouse game……..


What I liked:

How B.A. Paris wrote and examined the relationships between some of the characters.

The red herrings.

How it all came together- when things were revealed.


What I didn’t love:

Cass is dealing with guilt- guilt about her role in that night, guilt and worry about her mother and inheriting her mother’s dementia. While this part of the book was necessary to the whole plot, I felt that it was a bit draggy at times.


Bottom line: Is it as good as Behind Closed Doors? Yes, but in a different way. Not as sinister and disturbing- more of a good plot with characters that you are not sure you can trust.


*This book was sent to me by St. Martin’s Press for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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