My oh my, what a book! The Breakdown by B. A. Paris was such a suspenseful read that I found myself staying up until the late hours of the night with my eyes glued to my Kindle. I honestly cannot get over how intriguing this book was! I got the chance to read an advanced digital copy through NetGalley, and I would like to extend a huge thank you to St. Martins Press for approving my request to read this book.
I have yet to read Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris (although it is the next book on my TBR, so stay tuned for a review coming very soon), but I must say The Breakdown truly impressed me. I would say that I’ll take a break from reading after one chapter ends, but I later realized that I’d read multiple chapters, with no intention of stopping. That just goes to show how gripping this novel is! Now, let’s get a bit into what the book is about!
This novel follows Cassandra Anderson, a married woman, who feels guilty for not stopping and helping a motorist, whom she saw on the side of the road one stormy night. Would you stop on the side of a secluded road to help someone who was sitting in their unmoving car in the middle of a thunderstorm? Well, Cassandra does not stop, out of fear that it may be a trap and someone will steal her car or worse, but once she finds out, on the news, that this motorist was actually murdered that same night on the same side of the road, she feels incredibly guilty and responsible for the woman’s murder.
Ever since the murder, Cassandra starts having problems. She keeps thinking about that stormy night, yet she also begins forgetting things such as where she parked her car, and what she bought from the online shopping channel, as well as the dates on which she said she would meet up with her friends for dinner. At first, I found her forgetfulness to become quite repetitive and rather annoying, but I later came to find out the reason as to why she is forgetting all these things, and that is when I no longer found it repetitive. The book began to get really interesting once she started receiving calls from a silent caller! Although, I would have to say that right from the start, The Breakdown is fast-paced and can easily be read within a couple of days.
B. A. Paris, the author, did a wonderful job describing certain scenes of the novel that I could actually clearly picture exactly what was going on. I find this to be incredibly important as I want to be able to feel like I genuinely know the characters, and what’s going on in their lives. Additionally, I found the characters in The Breakdown to be amazingly captivating, which added immensely to the storyline.
I shouldn’t say more because I’ll give away too much of this book! Let me just say that you will NOT expect the ending at all!!! It will literally leave you speechless! Everything comes together at the end, and I’m still thinking about the novel, hours after I read the last page.
So clearly, I highly recommend this novel! It was just published yesterday (July 18th, 2017), so you must get your hands on a copy whenever you can! Please leave a comment regarding what you thought of this book! I would love to discuss it, and thanks for stopping by!