The Breakdown

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Feb 2018

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Really enjoyable read. Good characters and a Good story. Well worth a read. Think others will enjoy.
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The Breakdown starts off a bit slow and then picks up, but I felt it was somewhat predictable. Overall, I did enjoy it and look forward to the next book by B. A. Paris. I may have set my expectations too high for this book after reading and loving Behind Closed Doors.
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Like many others I loved Behind Closed Doors so was hoping for more of the same. I got a book with a good start but then reminded me of other books and I must admit I struggled to finish it.
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I mean, the ending was good but getting to it was a bit annoying. The main character is beyond annoying. She constantly irritated me. I think it would be a good movie but I don’t think I’d recommend the book to anyone.
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I loved this book!! Great story!! Read this book on netgally!! I like this author's books!! Will read more of her books!!
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I think this is my first B.A Paris book and I'm one hundred percent sure that this won't be the last. I enjoyed every twists and turns of the book. Makes me a lil bit confused at first though. But, so far it was great!
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As I am not interested into the story anymore I will not read it.
Clearing out my feedback shelf.
Will be more specific with requests in the future.
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The Breakdown is another classic B.A. Paris book. Mystery, intrigue, family secrets and dysfunction. Cass comes across a broken down car on the side of the road and the woman inside is later found dead. She hides this secret from her husband and soon her life begins to unravel with forgetfulness and phone calls. The mystery that follows involves suspenseful twists and turns, but also deals with a lot of the modern English fiction trends - disgruntled housewives and melancholy moods. Overall, though, it is a good read.
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I loved Behind Closed Doors so I went into this with really high expectations. I think if I had read this prior to reading Behind Closed Doors I would have loved it. It definitely kept me guessing until the end. I just don't feel like the twist lived up to the suspenseful build up. I still really enjoyed it, but I enjoyed the payoff of Behind Closed Doors more.
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Although not as grand as her first book, The Breakdown does have it's good moments and is written very well. Paris hit gold with her debut novel and with this one, she tries to muster the conviction of the first, but it just doesn't hold itself like her first novel does. The premise is centered around a woman who begins noticing and forgetting things happening to and around her since she saw a woman die on an abandoned road (that she wasn't supposed to go down anyway). Although a pretty interesting plot, I couldn't get into the book and was expecting more from Paris.
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I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

Oh my goodness, I thought the first novel B.A. Paris was spectacular and I was a little worried that, can she do this again.....ummmm ABSOLUTELY!!!

This novel focuses on our main character Cass who feels like she made a mistake on a stormy evening without being a polite human being and now she feels a killer is after her. Cass is relying on the love of her long time best friend/almost sister as they grew up together and her wonderful husband of just one year. Cass slowly feels like she is forgetting and losing her mind over all these strange things occurring. 

This author keeps the tension rolling and she has such a unique ability to make the reader think 'I have got this figured out' to the point that the main character in the novel is coming to the SAME conclusions the reader is having and then...............mic drop, reader and character are wrong and BAM, here's the truth! I love mystery, thriller, psychological books and a lot of times I figure them out or at least some of it. For this novel, that was a big NOPE! I was completely surprised and DID NOT want to put this novel down from the beginning! Amazing and this is an author I am absolutely sticking with since she has proven she is NOT just a one hit wonder.
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I have been a fan of B.A. Paris from the outset, with her debut novel Behind Closed Doors. If you enjoy psychological thrillers that really turn your head upside down, I highly recommend this author. I'm only sorry that it's taking me so long to read her subsequent works, and that this one sat on my shelf long enough to constitute a blogger shame book. So I apologize to both the author and the publisher here for getting so far behind!

What we have here with The Breakdown is a woman's spiral into madness and seeming-dementia. After she sees a woman broken down during a storm and fails to stop and render aid, then later finds out the same woman, an acquaintance of hers, was murdered, Cass starts a downward spiral into paranoia, guilt, fear, forgetfulness and confusion. It was sad to watch the downard descent of this once-vibrant woman, and the author takes you along the maddening ride right along with our protagonist. 

But we are never quite sure if all of the madness is happening in Cass' head, or if she really is being stalked by a murderer. While I had an inkling of the "true" storyline, it didn't detract from the events that were happening on the page. Once I started reading, I was riveted and couldn't put the book down. And when all was revealed, I felt the same sense of treachery and my mind was blown just the same as if I had been Cass, barely a step away from being committed. I loved it... so that probably means that something is seriously wrong with me. LOL

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher.
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So I read this book almost a month ago at this point and I’m just now *finally* writing a review for it so apologies in advance for some of the vagueness because I don’t recall everything perfectly. 

That being said, I do remember absolutely enjoying this book. I read this on my 3 hour flight and pretty much finished it in that one sitting. It was so fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down. I was honestly surprised by how immersed I was with the book and I would have finished it in one sitting if it wasn’t for the fact that my plane was descending and I was getting a mild headache from the turbulence. 

The best part of this book was definitely the plot and the slow demise of Cass’ mental state as she was slowly becoming psychologically attacked from this mysterious person that she swears was watching her. And the ending was definitely a surprise for me. Part of me guessed it at least for some of it but for the most part, I was completely blown away by what was truly going on and who was behind everything. 

After reading this book, I absolutely want to pick up another B.A Paris’ book. It was everything I was looking for in a thriller/mystery novel.
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I am sorry for not reviewing fully but I don’t have the time to read this at the moment. I believe that it wouldn't benefit you as a publisher or your book if I only skimmed it and wrote a rushed review. Again, I am sorry for not fully reviewing!
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B.A. Paris does a fine job of creating suspense in this novel.  And it certainly leaves the reader wondering who, exactly, can be trusted!
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I won't be writing a review of this book.  While the premise is good, as well as the hype, I thought the book was drawn out and predictable.
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I loved this book.  B.A.Paris has continued her success with another psychological thriller. Cass Anderson feels guilty, she was coming home from a party using a way that her husband did not want her to go.  During a horrible storm she sees a woman pulled over on the side of the road.  Because of the weather, Cass does not stop.  She later finds out that the woman was murdered and that she knew her.  Cass can’t go to the police because then her husband will know which way she came home.  Meanwhile, Cass is becoming paranoid that the killer is now stalking her.  She is also becoming more forgetful.  What is happening and are they connected?

I recommend this and Paris’ other books to anyone that wants a fast-paced thriller that you don’t want to put down.
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I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was a good one. Fast paced, keeps you guessing.
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I figured out the mystery in this book pretty early on, but the main character and the pacing kept me reading until the end.
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Good, but not a great mystery. With a lack of characters, it's not particularly hard to guess who is responsible for the murder. Nothing really happens for a long time in the novel and there is a lot of telling instead of showing. There was also a lack of connection for me with the narrator. Despite my dislikes, the last third of the novel does get more interesting and kept me reading. Recommended for those looking for a rainy day mystery read.

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