The Breakdown

The Breakdown

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Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle !

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...


You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250122469
1250122465
Branch Call Number: PARIS B
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 25 cm

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cambridgedon
May 05, 2018

Her first novel, 'Behind Closed Doors' was brilliant and I predicted her sophomore effort wouldn't be able to rise to that high standard. I was prescient and this must rank as an amateurish effort not because of the lack of forensics but a huge narrative error and a ghastly stupid mistake by the killer. Unfortunately, with a first person narrative and use of the unreliable narrator technique moving into Holly Seddon territory, this was destined not to be a memorable B. A. Paris effort. The first three-quarters is agonizingly slow and the denouement is then ejected like a sailor's vomit on rough seas which as a reader you're forced to sift through.

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PrairieStar
May 03, 2018

I listened to this as a downloadable audio and it was hard to stop. Had a good surprising twist at the end.

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jwitt920
Mar 26, 2018

pretty good book, author takes ya on a little bit of wild goose chase, however it seems to be dragged out a little too much. I enjoyed his Behind Closed Doors book much better.

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SJM7323
Nov 23, 2017

This book was okay but totally predictable. It's not really worth the time.

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squirrelee
Nov 18, 2017

Read it in one day, I couldn't put this one down! Full of twists!!

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Oct 29, 2017

Almost gave up halfway through..it seemed to go on and on...glad I hung in there. Unexpected ending I didn't see coming.

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elianagandrade
Oct 28, 2017

I must say that the first half of the book is very repetitive and kind of boring because the main character has dementia, she keeps forgetting things and the story doesn’t go on. I kept reading because the reviews of this book were good! Then, in the second half, I could understand why it’s so good! The book twists a lot and everything makes sense and it becomes a good suspense! I hope that on her third book the first half can be more interesting!

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darcylynnepst
Oct 08, 2017

I loved this book just as much as Behind Closed Doors. There were some parts of the ending that I did anticipate but overall the ending caught me off guard! Great story -- highly recommend if you like psychological thrillers.

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htliang
Sep 23, 2017

I thought this psychological thriller/mystery was too predictable. I finished the book even though I knew where the story was headed; I hoped to be surprised by some twist of plot. Some interesting characters and the lure of wondering if I was wrong brought the rating up to 3 stars.

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writermala
Sep 14, 2017

"The Breakdown" is a book which deals with a murder following what appeared to be a car breakdown and the nervous breakdown which Cass Anderson seems to be facing. I must confess that at first I got a little tired of the descriptions of Cass forgetting things; but I'm glad I persevered because the book got really gripping. I felt pretty smug when I thought I'd solved the mystery but it turned out I'd fallen for the red herring. The ending is very satisfying and makes the book a definite must-read.

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