Book Review for THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris

St. Martin's Press
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A compelling psychological thriller that carefully untangles the lies, deceit, and memories all the while leave you questioning everything.

After becoming addicted to BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, I was hesitant to jump into B.A. Paris’ second novel. I wanted it to be just as good as her first and hoped for it to be better. Pushing aside my crazy bookish fears, I sat down with THE BREAKDOWN and didn’t get back up until I was about halfway through. This book is everything that I wanted it to be.


Filled with twists, turns, and mind games, THE BREAKDOWN is one of those books that captures the grit of human nature. It plays with the bending of reality and  Cass’ memory in a way that the reader can’t help but question everything that she does as well as those around her. It is this tension that makes this book so addictive. From beginning to end, B.A. Paris grabs hold of her readers and doesn’t let go. This is a MUST read!

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Plot Summary

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…

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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.

Book Details

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 18, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250122465
ISBN-13: 978-1250122469

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