The Breakdown: A Novel

The Breakdown: A Novel

by B. A. Paris


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“Even harder to put down than Behind Closed Doors…with two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.”—Booklist (starred review)

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 one who was killed. Cass is 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, as her husband keeps reminding her, Cass might have been hurt herself if she’d pulled over. But since then, Cass has 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. And now that Cass keeps receiving silent phone calls, she can’t quite shake the feeling that someone’s watching her…

“Riveting.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A story with a ratcheting sense of unease—a tale of friendship and love, sanity, and the terrible unravelling of it.” —USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594924944
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 10,709
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before Behind Closed Doors, I only had one favorite author. I read Behind Closed Doors and finished it thinking 'that was a great book'. But after reading this as well, I now know I have a second favorite author and I cant wait for more books! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very predictable. If you think you have it figured out after the first few chapters, you have. A rehashed story line that's been done to death. Read her "Behind Closed Doors" instead. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing flowed wonderfully, the story never became stale, the characters and plot were captivating. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes the plot line has been done before, yes it is predictable, but it is a great story line that kept me interested all the way through it. I will definitely read more by this author. It was very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While her first novel Behind Closed Doors was a grabber, B. A. Paris lets her readers down with this highly predictable story . Well written , but it has been done so many times before it was like watching a movie over again for the 10th time !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Behind Closed Doors but this was slow,boring wnd predictable. Pass in this book and save the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely hard to put down. I was just a little disappointed because the end was rather predictable. However, I still highly recommended it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Kept me thinking and guessing throughout twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Love the suspense. The characters are real and the story keeps you guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sample was the best part. It is downhill after that. Not worth ten bucks. Boring, contrived and often insipent. In between the switching from past to present is mind bogling, it does not work. The ending is abrupt and left me feeling annoyed that i wasted my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little disappointed in the book I kept waiting for it to get suspenseful and exciting That eventually happened in the last 30 pages Wished the author could've reeled me in sooner
lindianajones More than 1 year ago
I was rather disappointed with this novel. I did love her first one but I figured out the plot of this one by the 4th chapter. It's an old plotline that's been done to death in the USA. Of course B. A. Paris is from the UK and perhaps this particular plot line is not as popular over there. I kept reading as she threw in some red herrings but in the end, it ended exactly as how I thought it would after I read the first four chapters. Yes it is amazingly written and I enjoyed that part of the book. But if you are a regular reader of suspense/thrillers you, like me, will figure out what is going on very quickly. And you will be right. The Author makes is so obvious who done it. The characters are written in such a way that it's like she WANTS us to know how the book will end after you've read the first four chapters. So if you read the first four chapters and say to yourself "ah ha, well it's obvious what is going on", you are probably correct so unless you enjoy her writing, put the book down and read something else.
Anonymous 30 days ago
I was very disappointed with this book. You can figure it out in the first 20 pages. I ended up skimming most of the book to get finished I do not understand how some readers could not put it down.
AvidReaderREE 5 months ago
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.
Bambi_Unbridled 6 months ago
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.
MamaHendo 8 months ago
Cass is out with her co-workers celebrating the end of school year when a huge storm begins to brew. She decides to head for home promising her husband, Matthew, that she won't take the shortcut through the woods. Driving conditions are terrible on the main roads so she decides to make a break for it and head in the direction she said she wouldn't. She'd get there faster this way anyway. Sheets of rain are coming down as she nears the end of the lane. She can finally see another set of lights ahead of her and hurries on to catch up so they can share the use of headlights for the remainder of the drive but as she gets closer she sees that the car isn't moving but instead is parked in the lay-by. Annoyed that she now has to squeeze past she flashes the woman inside a dirty look as she passes. Realizing this woman might be in trouble out here all alone in the woods, Cass decides to pull over as well. When the woman makes no effort to get out or signal for help, Cass decides to continue on and call the police when she regains cell service once she clears the woods...something she ultimately forgets to do. When she wakes the next morning, Matthew informs her there has been a murder not 5 minutes from their home. A woman in the woods was found dead in her car. Knowing Matthew would be furious with her if she told him she returned that way last night she keeps her run-in with the woman to herself but when the silent phone calls starting coming, Cass begins to wonder did Jane's killer see her that night? Does he know who she is? This was my first book by B. A. Paris (big thanks to my friend who recommended!) and it certainly won't be my last. When an author keeps you up until 1 a.m. you know you've found a gem. Add this to your TBR list immediately.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Enjoyed this book hard time putting it down finished in 2 days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read it in a couple of days. You have to give this book a try if you like good psychological thrillers. You will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book after I read “Behind Closed Doors.” I was not disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put Breakdown novel down, as Paris has ability to engage reader till the end! However, early on I did figure out who the murderer was & because of jealousy. I figured out early on that Matthew was the silent caller on the black phone. Once Cass found out , I knew the ending. The GREATEST novel is Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris!!! Very suspenseful, creative, intreaging, and fun to read! Gets all five stars! I really couldn't put that book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! A thrilling read. Great story, lots of twists and turns. I had to keep reading to see if my hunch was right or completely wrong! A definite recommendation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! It was so good
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read psychological thrillers because they trigger issues for me but this is our book club book this month so I read it. It's a good story. I was sucked into from the first moment (of course, I did have all the lights on.) I guessed what was happening to her within the first chapter and I was right. I knew her husband was up to no good and I was right. I did not guess the murderer and was only half right on the reason for the murder. I was guessing up to the end on how it would all fall into place. Luck was on Cass' side and she deserved it. I'll read this author again.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a suspenseful story about a young woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Cass (Cassandra) is happily married, has lots of friends with one BFF, Rachel. She works as a teacher and is very good at her job. Both her parents are dead, her mother from early onset dementia. Her husband Matthew does not know about her mother's death. Cass is driving home one night and she sees a car on a road that is used as a shortcut through the forested area. Although she stops to check on the driver, she leaves the scene. The next day, she finds out that the driver of this car, "Jane", has been killed. Cass is riddled with guilt about not stopping. Could she have saved this woman from death if she had stopped? She starts to forget things, lose things, and can feel reality sinking away? She begins to fear that she is developing early onset dementia as well. This is written in the first person, and you can feel Cass' fear and terror as she begins to realize that she may be going developing dementia or having a nervous breakdown. There is a lot of twists and turns in this story that keep you wondering what is going to happen next. The story takes a bit to develop but stick with it because everything comes together in an amazing conclusion. I loved this book, but it is scary to realize that you never know who your real friends are. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago