The Breakdown: A Novel by B. A. ParisThe Breakdown: A Novel by B. A. Paris

The Breakdown: A Novel

byB. A. Paris

Hardcover | July 18, 2017

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Finalist for the 2018 International Thriller Writers Best Hardcover Thriller Award!

Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!


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. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was 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, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she'd stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.

But since then, she's been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.

The only thing she can't forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

And the silent calls she's receiving, or the feeling that someone's watching her.

You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

B.A. PARIS is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors. She 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. The Breakdown is her second novel.
Title:The Breakdown: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.36 × 6.42 × 1.14 inPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250122465

ISBN - 13:9781250122469

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me This book was about a woman named Cass who, during a storm, drives by a woman sitting in her car without offering to help. She later discovers this woman was murdered, and besides becoming completely guilt ridden that she did nothing to help, she also becomes increasingly convinced she is being targeted by the murderer as well. Due to overwhelming guilt and perhaps to Early Onset Dementia that she may have inherited from her mother, she starts to forget appointments, codes and social plans/receives things she can’t remember ordering, etc. I hate to say it, but I found this book to be repetitive, frustrating and predictable. I ended up skimming the middle part of the book, just to get to the end. The Breakdown was not for me. 2 Stars.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent Expected more to be honest.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good but a few agonizing moments "The Breakdown" by B. A. Paris will be released on June 20, 2017. Paris also wrote "Behind Closed Doors" which has fantastic reviews and it is on my to read list. Knowing that Paris had written this book heavily influenced me to agree to review "The Breakdown". I had heard such great reviews and also had heard about "Behind Closed Doors" so often that I was thrilled to get my hands on the newest thriller by this author. Cass is in her mid thirties but she's worried she's losing her memory especially since her mother suffered from early onset dementia before her death recently. Everything is made worse when, on a dark and stormy night, Cass witnesses a murder victim right before her horrible murder. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time and on the wrong road. She'd promised her new husband that she'd never take that backroad at night but in a moment of panic she wants to get home quickly, she breaks her promise. On that road she sees a woman sitting in her car. She doesn't stop and help, she's afraid of the storm and wants to get home but now she can't live with the guilt. When Cass learns the woman is dead she is distressed that she left the woman stranded and vulnerable. Cass's guilt sets off further hand wringing, memory problems and anxiety. Over time Cass gets worse, does she have dementia like her mother? Is her paranoia about the killer stalking her mean she has a mental disorder? Will her life ever get back to normal? No one believes her and she just wishes she could forget that woman like she seems to be forgetting everything else. I had so many feelings about this book as I read it. I started out being excited and anxious to get stuck into the story. I thought I had it figured out by the first chapter but knew it would be a good story anyway. Then for about half of the book I just wanted it to move faster. I felt like it should have been edited to be shorter. I thought the writer didn't need to go on and on and on about phone calls and anxiety experienced by Cass. When finally in the last fifth of the book it started moving I found I was not exactly right about who done it or why. I found my enjoyment increased a whole star in about two pages. I must admit that Cass was a little simpering and she didn't help herself at all in the beginning. I found that eminently frustrating. I found myself yelling at my Kindle, begging the main character to think outside the box and get a backbone. The writing was well done and truly conveyed the anxiety and debilitating loss of hope one would feel at thinking one had early onset dementia. My final note would be that I wished in the end Cass hadn't blamed herself for not loving the murderer enough. As though what she could have done would have saved the murder victim. If the book hadn't gone there, to blame the victim in the last few pages I certainly would have given this book four stars. I'm taking half a star away because innocent victims should never blame themselves unnecessarily. I wish the author had left the main character in a slightly brighter place, I found it a real let down when Cass blamed herself once again. I do actually recommend this book, just know that the middle is going to frustrate you. The ending is well worth it though. Just ignore Cass's last few thoughts.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gripping One word: OMG! The book kept me on my toes from the first chapter. It's one of those books you keep on reading until you finished it. It keeps you hooked all the time and you're desperate to know what happens next unless you reach the end but my oh my... what an unexpected ending! The story would take such a turn, I had never thought of it. All the time I kept guessing the wrong guy who killed Jane but it took me by surprise. I'd highly recommend this book to the readers who enjoy psychological thrillers. Definite FIVE STARS!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from first novel was better. it took me time to finish this book as the protagonist's paranoia (or not) was annoying the hell out of me. i liked the way it started but then it became dragging. then when i was about to give up boom! things turned around. so i kept reading. i gave this book a chance 'cause her first novel was really good. the ending was unexpected. i didnt like the fact that the main character was blaming herself for all the wrong things that have happened. honey, adult make their own life choices. dont throw a pity party on your behalf just because your loved ones are screwed up. so yes. just 2 stars for this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it's alright. it took me time to finish this book as the protagonist's paranoia (or not) was annoying the hell out of me. i liked the way it started but then it became dragging. then when i was about to give up boom! things turned around. so i kept reading. i gave this book a chance 'cause her first novel was really good. the ending was unexpected. i didnt like the fact that the main character was blaming herself for all the wrong things that have happened. honey, adult make their own life choices. dont throw a pity party on your behalf just because your loved ones are screwed up. so yes. just 2 stars for this one.
Date published: 2017-03-11

Editorial Reviews

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017: Mysteries and Thrillers"A story with a ratcheting sense of unease - a tale of friendship and love, sanity and the terrible unravelling of it." -USA Today"B. A. Paris has done it again! The Breakdown is a page-turning thriller that will leave you questioning the family you love, the friends you trust, and even your own mind." -Wendy Walker, author of the USA Today bestselling novel All Is Not Forgotten"In the same vein as the author's acclaimed debut, Behind Closed Doors, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss." -Library Journal (starred)"This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly.. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list." -Booklist (starred)"British author Paris follows her bestselling debut, 2016's Behind Closed Doors, with another first-rate psychological thriller.... Tension quickly builds to a crescendo as Cass's fears...become palpable." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)Praise for Behind Closed Doors"Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace's increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won't be able to put down." -Booklist (starred review)"Making her smash debut, Paris [keeps] the suspense level high. In the same vein as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, this is a can't-put-down psychological thriller." -Library Journal (starred review)"This debut is guaranteed to haunt you - especially if you're about to tie the knot. Paris's thriller asks the question: 'The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?' Jack and Grace, the couple at the center of this totally enthralling novel, are so clearly not what they seem you'll have no choice but to read and read and read until their darkest secrets are revealed. Warning: brace yourself." -Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)"A gripping domestic thriller.the sense of believability and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver." -The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post"Behind Closed Doors takes a classic tale to a whole new level.This was one of the best and [most] terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.each chapter brings you further in, to the point where you feel how Grace must feel. The desperation, the feeling that no one will believe you and yet still wanting to fight because someone you care deeply about will get hurt." -San Francisco Book Review"Paris grabs the reader from the beginning with a powerful and electrifying tale. Behind Closed Doors, a novel sure to make one's skin crawl, also reveals no one truly knows what does go on behind closed doors."-New York Journal of Books"Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris's gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving...Grace's terror is contagious, and Millie's impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion." -Publishers Weekly"A frighteningly cool portrait of a serious sadist, Behind Closed Doors is a gripping, claustrophobia-inducing thriller... Read at the risk of running from every handsome British lawyer who crosses your path." -Romantic Times"This book proves that looks are most definitely deceiving...Disturbing, to say the least, readers will definitely be shaken as the story commences and they become immediately absorbed. The writing was incredible, and the pace is quick, offering up too many chills to count...Behind Closed Doors screams: 'Stay single!'" -Suspense Magazine"This book just has to be huge in 2016. I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." -S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." -Bella"This one is 2016's answer to Gone Girl. Nuff said." -Women's Health UK"It took me just an afternoon to read this book and by the end, my heart was pounding. If you like fast and frantic stories, you'll love this." -The Sun"Behind Closed Doors is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller.""An utterly compelling journey through the darker side of the human psyche. Your blood will run cold but you won't be able to stop reading, I promise you that." -Sarah Harper, Lovereading reviewer"This has been one of my best reads EVER and will be huge in 2016. Congratulations to B A Paris on a remarkable debut book." -Shelley Bennett, The Book Club member