Book Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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After reading Behind Closed Doors, I knew B.A. Paris would be an author I will love for years to come. I was sincerely impressed, again, with The Breakdown. Honestly, I hadn't even read the description of the book - I just knew I had to read it.

For those of you who are interested in the description:

On the way home the night of a severe storm, Cass passes by a broken down car on an secluded road. After stopping for a few minutes without getting out of the car (because of the storm) to see if the drive of the other car needs help, Cass decides the person must have already called for help, because they made no indication they needed any assistance. The next morning, Cass wakes to a news story that someone had been murdered on that exact road. Because she didn't get out of her car to help, she starts to feel immensely guilty and caused herself extreme amounts of crippling stress. She starts to do unexpected things, but can't remember doing them - which creates more stress, since her mother was diagnosed with dementia in her 40s (just 10 years older than Cass is now). Then she starts receiving weird phone calls. What is she to make of it all? Is she falling into dementia, or is it something else?

This is one of the most unreliable narrator stories I've ever read. Can you trust Cass or has she lost her mind? While I had some sneaking suspicions, I really wasn't sure until those last few pages.

The novel was suspenseful and chilling. I was more than satisfied with the book, however, the conversations near the end of the book (via text) were slightly confusing - I had to read them a few times to understand what was happening. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of thrillers and suspense! If you liked Behind Closed Doors and The Woman in Cabin 10, this novel is for you!

Have you read anything by B.A. Paris? Will you add this to your list?

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. I've heard of this author but I haven't read them yet. I like books with unreliable narrators so this sounds like a perfect one for me! I liked Woman in Cabin 10 so I should check out Behind Closed Doors.

    1. You should definitely check her out. Behind Closed Doors was so chilling, and one of my favorite books from 2016.