Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"The Breakdown" by B.A. Paris

I received this book for free from SheSpeaks for review!

Synopsis: 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…

And I have to say, I am SO GLAD I got this! This book was intense! I read it in like, three days. I will say, it was a little unsettling never really /quite/ knowing what did or didn't happen (I caught myself flipping several pages back to a conversation to double check what Cass actually says versus what another character said she says) which I think is a huge tribute to the author - so much so, that I actually went out and bought her other book (Behind Closed Doors, which I had also wanted) because I was craving more of her writing style. It's a little obvious as to some of the issues Cass is having with her memory and mindset, but you really don't know who to suspect or not in her day to day crossings. Once you hit the revelation in the story, it all connects and come together naturally and fluidly, but you're kept in suspense and slight confusion right up until the end, and it's awesomely done. I HIGHLY suggest this book for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers with a bit of a chill, but don't enjoy being truly scared. Pick it up where you can and read it to help the week pass by faster. Don't use it on your weekend, though - it'll disappear FAST!

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