Thursday 4 May 2017

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The breakdown starts when Cass, travelling home late one night, to her house in the woods, which she shares with her husband, there is a torrential storm, and she is involved with a car that has broken down in a remote spot.

Cass is a teacher, has recently suffered through her mum's illness, and is quite keen to start a family. Simple dreams for a happy contented life. Only B.A. Paris has created an eerie world for Cass, as a stranger starts calling compulsively. Cass must sift shifting truths, mounting frustration at her own shortcomings, and not knowing who to trust as the life she thinks she has comes under threat, from all directions.

This is a clever, yet easy to read thriller. You'll find yourself guessing and then second guessing, and maybe even third guessing. And you won't want to stop reading until all is revealed.

I enjoyed it thoroughly, despite being a little too frustrated with Cass at the outset of this book, and also finding the unravelling, when it happened, too quick and easy. One thread pulled, and the whole thing came rapidly apart.

But a good diversion, nevertheless.

4 stars


You may also enjoy Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, or Behind Closed Doors, also by B.A. Paris, or Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton.

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