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Monday, 17 April 2017

The Breakdown by B A Paris (2017)

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, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman 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. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Author: B.A. Paris is from a Franco/Irish background and was born in 1958. She was brought up in England and moved to France when she was 21. She spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters. Her first novel “Behind Closed Doors” was published in 2016 and became a tremendous bestseller.

My thoughts: After I finished “The Breakdown” I immediately purchased her first novel “Behind Closed Doors” - I had enjoyed reading this psychological thriller so much. I am pleased to say that I have also enjoyed reading “Behind Closed Doors”, which I will review in due course.
I ordered The Breakdown in mid-March in the original English version. As soon as I received it from Payot bookstore in Geneva, I started reading it and I finished all 415 pages that same weekend. This book was a real great surprise: I knew it to be good, but I wasn’t expecting it to be extraordinary, which it certainly turned out to be.
To summarise it, without giving away too much of the plot, it’s the story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s the story of a split-second decision taken by Cass, the main character, which has such a devastating impact on her life.
It relates the consequences of her decision not to stop to help that motorist she came across in an isolated place in the woods, not far from her cottage, that Friday night at eleven thirty.
Gradually, Cass learns that she knew Jane Walters, the victim who was brutally murdered. Cass had made her acquaintance just a few weeks before and they had begun a good friendship. That shakes Cass. Her previously peaceful and happy life, a life without drama at the side of her loving husband (they have been married for a year) and in the company her childhood friend, Rachel, who is like a sister to her, is turned upside down. Cass starts undergo many things that have suddenly caught up with her and throw her off-balance.
Cass starts to have memory lapses and she feels the threat of dementia hanging over her: ten years before her mother died, she was diagnosed with dementia and Cass fears it is hereditary.
I will stop here and tell you that if you like very well written psychological thrillers and a well developed and consistent story, without descending into clichés and improbable plot twists, you will love this book.

40 comments:

  1. It looks like you have found a great book. I liked reading about the author's background. Happy Easter! Your Easter post came up as unavailable when I tried to access it. Easter bunny gremlins?

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  2. Your first paragraph makes me feel that I must read the book!

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  3. Suspenses, histórias de assassinatos, noites... São ingredientes sempre muito atrativos num livro. Amo livros de suspense, policiais, ficção científica. Se a personagem principal é uma mulher, há uma carga de dramaticidade dobrada. Fiquei muito curioso! Um abraço
    Luc

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    1. Contente que tenha gostado, Marco Lucca :)

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  4. Ta chronique me parle, vraiment. Je suis doublement convaincue maintenant que j'ai lu ton magnifique ressenti. Je vais donc avec encore plus d'intérêt lire ce roman. Gros bisous <333

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    1. Roman datant de 2017 qui n'est est pas encore sorti en français. Captivant du début à la fin. À ne rater sous aucun prétexte ! Il me tarde d'avoir ton avis. Bises et bonne semaine :)

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  5. Thanks a lot :D

    OMG I really love this author :D The book seems to be super interesting :) love book reviews

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  6. The plot sounds intriguing and you've certainly whet my appetite. I 'll mark this one down for my summer reading list.

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    1. Captivating from beginning to end. Not to be missed!!

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  7. Outstanding review! The Breakdown sounds so good. I tend to like these sorts of books. The subject also seems intriguing :D

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    1. É de facto um excelente livro. Adorei. Boa semana, Francisco :)

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  9. a book which I would like to read

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  10. Great review.

    This sounds very good. In my opinion books of this type work best when the characters and the relationships between the characters are believable and interesting. Based on your commentary it sounds like all this is true of this book.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on "Behind Closed Doors”.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you very much for your compliment on my review !
      Have a great week ahead, Brian :)

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  11. Excellent review! I got the sense of what the book is about.

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  12. Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

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  13. Registo a sugestão.
    Boa semana

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  14. I did exactly the same as you – read The Breakdown and immediately ordered Behind Closed Doors. I just loved them both so much and having passed them on to a friend she feels exactly the same way. I can’t wait for B A Paris’s next book. I loved reading your review and realising you enjoyed both books as much as I did.

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    1. Oh Wow! What a coincidence. Great minds think alike, isn't it? Me too, I can't wait to read her next book!! Such a great author I love her writing style!
      Have a great week, Barbara :)

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  15. Sounds wonderful! AND this is such a well-written review, with enough detail to intrigue but not enough to give the story away. Will definitely be checking out this new-to-me author.

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    1. Thanks a million, Jean! If you liked my review you will definitely love the book. B A Paris is such a great author I love her writing style!

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  16. Hi thanks for the great in depth review - I bought it right away. Lol

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    1. Thanks a million, dear Charles! Once you finish reading this book, please let me know what you thought. :)

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  17. Uma autora, cujo nome me tem saltado aos olhos, ultimamente nas livrarias... mas ainda não li nada da mesma... para resolver o problema... nas minhas próximas leituras de Verão... :-D
    Uma excelente proposta de leitura!...
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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    1. Ela escreveu 2 best sellers...Se a Ana gosta de histórias de suspense, vai certamente adorar esta autora. Beijinhos :)

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  18. I enjoy a good thriller every once in awhile and this sounds like a good one! I will keep this author in mind, thank you.

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    1. I could not put this book down! I definitely recommend it to you, Susan! :-)

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