The Break Down

Book Title: The Break Down

Author: B A Paris

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication Date: February 9th 2017

Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 384

Format Received: eBook

Goodreads: 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.

My Review: B A Paris has done it again!!! I thought Behind Closed Doors was breathtakingly good, thinking nothing could beat it but The Break Down – wow, what a novel. The entire crux of the novel grabbed me from page 1 and never let me go until the end. In fact, has it let me go? I don’t know. I guess when I pick up my next read, the book hangover from this will be detrimental!

The Break Down is a story of manipulation, betrayal, guilt and many other sins!! I felt and still feel sorry for Cass (lead character). Being set up like that was awful. All the way throughout all I kept asking myself was ‘imagine that happening?’ Of course, I won’t go into detail because if you haven’t read the book, I wouldn’t want to be the one to give the storyline away. What I can tell you though, is if you’ve got a spare few hours – 3 at the most, I would say – get yourself a collection of your favourite chocolate and/or sweets, a blanket and indulge curled up on the sofa … you won’t regret a single bit!

What I really like about B A Paris’s books is the minimal number of characters. Kept to a bare minimum leaves the book easy to follow and enraptures a sense of knowing in you, in a way that with very few characters, you become to build a kind of friendship with them. With books that have a lot of characters to keep track of, each character becomes only a number to you unless you’ve a good memory for storage and detail, but with Behind Closed Doors and The Break Down, I can’t help but wonder if B A Paris’s intention is for the reader to really immerse themselves, becoming another characters themselves.

Overall, another fantastic read from B A Paris. Now all I’m wondering is when book three will be released!

About the Author: B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.


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