The Breakdown

The Breakdown

eBook - 2017
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McMillan Palgrave

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

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

THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

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.



Publisher: St Martins Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250122483
1250122481
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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ArapahoeEllaine Aug 25, 2018

Its a page-turning thriller that will leave you guessing, if you can't trust yourself, who can you trust? Why she didn't stop and help the woman in the car; who would be found dead.

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neuromanson
Aug 12, 2018

I have a feeling that this book was moldering in a drawer someplace until Paris had a hit "first" novel. Breakdown shoulda stayed in that drawer.

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Alpha_zzz
Jul 31, 2018

I only wish there were more books by B.A. Paris. I really like how she writes. Her novels are clean, suspenseful, characters seem real with many dynamics. I’ve read the three of hers that are available and enjoyed her writing in all.
The only thing about this book is I wish it had a bit more zip in the end, but it was good nonetheless.

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clerkgal
Jul 27, 2018

I quite enjoyed this book, and it did keep me guessing somewhat, but the genre is becoming quite predictable and that did take away from my enjoyment a bit. Overall, a good story though not as shocking as Behind Closed Doors.

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brickl
Jul 19, 2018

I was disappointed with this book. The first 240 pages were repetitive. I kept reading because her first book was so engrossing I thought this one must get better. Unfortunately the outcome was predictable. The happenings were also so agonizingly spelled out it was as if the author didn't feel the reader could figure it out without being spoonfed.

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therapymutt
Jul 11, 2018

Couldn't get into it.

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beatazio
Jun 23, 2018

I loved the book and I could not put it down. Interesting, hard to imagine the ending, well written. Highly recommended. Main character complicated, easy to relate to, the contrast between idealistic cottage life and the horrific story unfolding kept me engaged.

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YourFunLibrarian
Jun 05, 2018

From someone who has about a million different things going on at any given time and who finds themselves often asking "Did I..?"/"I could've sworn I..."/"I did that?" - this book will make you question yourself and everything you're reading as the story progresses. It's an edge of your seat psychological thriller revolving around the murder of a local woman, whom the main character later realizes she had lunch with a couple of weeks ago. As the main character has increasingly disturbing lapses of memory, she quickly spirals downward toward a "breakdown". The book will drag you into its depths of "Did I...?"

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0007548100dmw
May 27, 2018

Good book. Was a bit repetitive in the middle but, the ending made the book worthwhile.

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cambridgedon
May 05, 2018

Her first novel, 'Behind Closed Doors' was brilliant and I predicted her sophomore effort wouldn't be able to rise to that high standard. I was prescient and this must rank as an amateurish effort not because of the lack of forensics but a huge narrative error and a ghastly stupid mistake by the killer. Unfortunately, with a first person narrative and use of the unreliable narrator technique moving into Holly Seddon territory, this was destined not to be a memorable B. A. Paris effort. The first three-quarters is agonizingly slow and the denouement is then ejected like a sailor's vomit on rough seas which as a reader you're forced to sift through.

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