Review ~ The Breakdown

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The Breakdown
Author ~ B.A. Paris

The Breakdown is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you hooked from the opening lines when Cass Anderson's husband makes her promise not to take the back-woods shortcut when coming home from drinks with friends, to the very last sentence (which I won't even write about for fear of spoilers).

Cass Anderson is a woman who thinks that she did a terrible thing, by leaving the scene of a broken down car only to find out the next morning that the woman in that same car has turned up murdered.  The act of leaving the women stranded compounded with the fact her own mother had dementia Cass begins to fall into despair as she starts to experience memory lapses.  Forgetting scheduling lunch dates with friends, what the alarm code is, how to use the microwave are just some of these lapses and with strange phone calls during the day, the slow loss of her memory Cass begins to experience a breakdown so terrify that you can almost feel it happening to yourself.

I have to admit, although I was curious what what happening in this story right from the beginning, I didn't like Cass Anderson.  Not at first at least.  By the closing pages of The Breakdown though my feelings of Cass had completely changed.  I think that the reason I didn't like her at first was mostly due to how she bowed down to her husband about taking the short-cut and then subsequently not telling him about it because he would get angry with her.  To me this seemed like such a silly thing to lie about, especially when she was feeling so guilty about the lie.  I hard a real hard time relating to her about this.  As the story progressed though and her panic and despair started to rule her life, I no longer felt that I didn't like Cass and I got really concerned about her safety and sanity and by the end of the book I was rooting for her as she had my heart racing at times.    

For me a good book is one that I don't want to put down and will read really quickly just so I can find out how it ends.  The Breakdown was a quick read, even though I thought I knew what the ending was going to be.  I was pleasantly surprised when B.A Paris managed to keep me guessing till the final few chapters.

4 Penguins

I received an free ARC of The Breakdown from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.