**Thanks Netgalley for a review copy of The Breakdown.
Imagine you are driving home late at night, in a storm. You see a woman pulled off to the side of the road. You pull over behind her, but she doesn’t get out of her car or acknowledge you. So you eventually drive on. Then you find out the next day that the woman was murdered. Yikes!
And your troubles don’t stop there. You keep apparently forgetting things. Other people are giving you strange looks because you are saying things that must not make sense to them. To top things off, you also start getting phone calls where you answer the phone and there’s just silence.
If this is all enough to freak you out a little, you can relate to Cass, the protagonist of The Breakdown.
I can’t say a lot more about the resolution of this book without giving things away. By the 30% mark (yes, I read it on Kindle), I had figured out pretty much what was going on (I say pretty much, because one character with a “surprise twist” wasn’t one I’d expected). So, probably half of the book kind of dragged for me as I waited for things to be revealed in the end. The last quarter of the book really flew though, as all the shady things hinted at were fully revealed.
I can’t claim too much credit for figuring things out, since the book really only had about five characters who were given any attention. There just weren’t too many options to choose among when it came to discovering the “bad guy” or “bad girl”!
The author, B. A. Paris, had a compelling writing style that made me want to keep reading. The book was also free of profanity and sexual situations, which I appreciated (and which is rare in the genre).
If you’re interested in a psychological thriller that’s a quick read, I think you’ll enjoy The Breakdown.