Arc Review: The Breakdown

The BreakdownThe Breakdown By B.A. Paris

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 328 pages
Published: July 18th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: 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 Review: I went into this book not knowing anything about the story. I never really like reading the summary for thrillers because I mean I read them for the element of surprise. So I didn’t want to know anything about it going in. I have to say I was very impressed with this book.

The one thing I really enjoyed about this book is that I was hooked from the very start. The whole time I was reading this book I needed to find out what happened. There were so many times I didn’t want to put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It was very nicely paced and I never felt bored of what I was reading.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it was a different take of an unreliable narrator. Most books I’ve read with an unreliable narrator are usually unreliable because they have a drinking problem. I liked that this was different. She was having problems remembering things. So she was very unsure of everything. There were times I did get annoyed about it because it kept happening. After I got more invested in the story I did feel bad for the main character. I do have to say the outcome was something I did not see coming.

Lastly I really enjoyed the ending. I was not expecting that outcome at all. I absolutely loved the ending. I really enjoyed the time the author took to explain the ending and to explain what happened. In one of the recent books I explained how I felt the ending was rushed and kinda just happened and then the book was done. This wasn’t the case at all. I feel it was such a wonderful ending and also very surprising. It was one I did not see coming and I’m so happy about that.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I went in not knowing anything and really liked it. I really enjoyed the pacing of this book. I didn’t want to put it down. If I had more free time I would have finished this book a lot quicker. I can’t wait to check out B.A. Paris’s first book.


Have you guys read anything by B.A. Paris? If you read this what did you think of it? I would love to get your thoughts on it.

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