The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
American Release Date: July 17, 2017 (previously released in the UK)
My Rating: 4.5/5
Cass takes a dangerous shortcut home during a terrible storm and nearly runs into another car stranded on the side of the road. She pulls over, a woman is visible in the stopped car but is otherwise giving no indication of distress. Cass, somewhat unnerved, drives on. The next morning it’s all over the news–the woman in the car was murdered. Cass says nothing amidst pleas for information regarding the murdered woman’s last few hours alive. That is when the silent phone calls begin. Cass keeps misplacing things, forgetting appointments, maybe even missing time. Assuaged by guilt, her husband sick with worry for her mental state, and with the murderer still on the loose, Cass is in some serious trouble.
B.A. Paris releases an absolute knock out suspense novel just in time for summer. A twisty, terrifying tale of Cass’ breakdown we follow her to the very edge. Nearly every event is significant in some way, barreling toward a thrilling conclusion. Nearly five stars but not quite due to a rather extraordinary deus ex machina moment. The reader isn’t subjected to it, everything has been set up brilliantly for us, but Cass is. I’ll say no more. I’m taking a hard line on this because everything else is brilliant. Highly recommended. I liked “Behind Closed Doors,” her previous novel, but I LOVED this.