The Breakdown: Review

**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.

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.

4 thoughts on “The Breakdown: Review

  1. I like your review. I have read this book and enjoyed it. I hope to read more by this author.

  2. Last week driving to Anderson, I came upon a dreaded sign DETOUR. I decided I had little choice but to follow the signs. After driving awhile I pulled off on a side road, stood along the road, and tried to flag down a driver. No luck. They sped by. Earlier I had come upon a lady pulled over in her car. She told me she was from Grand Rapids and in the same boat I was in. I asked if she was Baptist, She was. I told her I have a sister there. She asked her church and I was clueless about a church name. Moving on, I drove on and saw an old codger in overalls mowing with a push mower. When I pulled in, he shut off the mower and just stood in his yard looking at me. I finally lowered the window and began speaking loudly so he could hear me, You see, I get lost in shoe boxes… Between his advise and my GPS, I eventually found my way to Anderson! PTL! I HATE detours! Also, people helping you has changed! I think people are fearful of people. That’s sad.

  3. Since I’m not a fan of thrillers of any kind, I think I’ll pass on this one. Anything that makes my pulse rate increase is not enjoyable to me, and it takes very little to do that, for me.

  4. Sounds intriguing. I usually don’t read fiction but might consider it. Thanks. We’re on vacation and I have just finished reading a true account titled Murder in the Thumb. It happened in Matt and Kim’s home town of Caro in the mid 70’s. The book covered a period of more than a decade and had many characters and their back stories which made it complex but it was very well written. It had me hanging on almost every detail. The book does get a bit repetitive during the court hearings and trial.

    Of coarse the book peaked my interest because I was remembering many roads, landmarks and even some characters from my past. The trial took place in my home county and I could remember where I was and what I was doing during that time period. Although I was not familiar with the crime and trial at the time it occurred that only made it more of a mystery for me.

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