Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 18th, 2017 by St. Martin's Press
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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 thoughts…

The story begins on a dark stormy night when Cass takes a shortcut home through the woods, against her husband's advice that she take the main road just to be safe in the storm. She comes upon a car pulled over by the side of the road and sees a woman sitting inside alone. After briefly considering asking if the woman needs any help, Cass drives on and goes home. The next morning, Cass is horrified to learn that the woman was murdered and she feels guilty that she didn't stop to help her. Later that morning she finds out the women who was murdered was an acquaintance.

Cass begins receiving calls from someone who doesn't say anything and is seeing a man watching her from outside her home. Cass is struggling to remember things; her mother had been diagnosed with early onset dementia and with her forgetfulness she is convinced that she also has the disease. Cass leaves without her purse or makes purchases she can't remember making. Mysterious parcels arrive, silent phone calls, she is doubting her own sanity. Why can't she remember anything? Cass becomes paranoid and fears she is going insane. Cass is convinced the killer of the woman in the car is after her now.

The story sounds interesting, but it really wasn’t once I discovered very early on who was behind it all. After that, the story didn’t hold much interest for me, it was predictable, repetitive and a bit dull at times. I continued just to discover the reasoning behind why the culprits did what they did. I really wanted to like The Breakdown, it just wasn’t for me.

Happy Reading -J       


  1. I'm sorry this didn't work out for you. I haven't read B.A. Paris yet. I'm hoping to read Behind Closed Doors at some point.

    1. I did enjoy Behind Closed Doors, I hope you enjoy it as well. Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to visit.