The Breakdown–Book Review

Hey all! Just finished reading The Breakdown by B.A. Paris and today will be the book review about this book!

The Breakdown: The gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors by [B A Paris]

f you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (February 9, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2017
  • Genre:- Psychological Thriller/ Women’s Fiction
B A Paris

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 38 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK.

I have not yet read her first novel, Behind Closed Doors yet (which I am planning to read soon). I decided to try this book, The Breakdown first.

The story begins with Cass Anderson, who was at a party with her colleagues from work. On her way home, she takes the shortcut, instead of taking the main road, that is through the woods. While driving through the shortcut, she sees a car, parked by the side of the road, and sees a woman inside the car. Cass stops and then drives away, as it was raining heavily and she thought that the woman had already asked for help. The next day, the news came that the woman who Cass saw in the car was murdered brutally. Later on, we find that the woman’s name was Jane Walters who Cass befriended two weeks ago at a party. Cass is now overwhelmed with guilt of not helping her friend at the time. And then, she starts receiving silent phone calls and then she keeps forgetting things…

Let’s start with the ones I like about the book.

  • I thought the plot line for the story was actually good. It was in fact intriguing.
  • Towards the end, there were twists to the story so it actually hooked me into the story as to what is going to happen next.
  • As a reader, you would think if Cass is actually going crazy or if she was imagining things in her head.
  • The book is well written in my opinion–it was easy to read.

Now about the ones I didn’t like about the book.

  • The story to me was a bit predictable, including the one of the characters I knew would be Jane’s murderer
  • None of the characters in this book are likable–Cass, the main character to me was naive and whiny, her husband, Matthew is inconsiderate and her friend Rachel to me, I didn’t really like her.
  • This is a slow paced thriller which is not to my liking

Overall, this was a good book but only worth four stars because of the good plot and the story was well written.

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