Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Breakdown

Book: The Breakdown
Author: BA Paris

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…-Goodreads

ReviewCass is driving home in a bad rain storm and promises her husband she won't take the shortcut through the woods. She takes the shortcut anyway and sees a woman in a car on the side of the road. She stops and waits but the woman doesn't wave her over or seem distressed, so Cass leaves. When the woman is found murdered the next day, Cass feels extremely guilty, but not guilty enough to tell anyone that she saw her alive. Then Cass, who has a family history of dementia, starts forgetting things. What is going on? 

I really enjoyed BA Paris' Behind Closed Doors but this book was a huge disappointment. I'm not a detective but I was able to figure out almost everything in the first chapter. And how she figures almost everything out in the end, with the phone and exchange students, is so far fetched..I mean, come on. I was surprised by the murderer, I will refrain from spoilers but I definitely thought more than one person was 'in on it.' 

Overall, I didn't like this one. 

Grade: 1/5

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