“If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
It all started that night in the woods.
Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now that woman is dead.
Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her every move.
It doesn’t help that she’s forgetting everything, too. Where she left the car, if she took her pills, the house alarm code – and whether the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.”
Poor Cass, she has really been through the wringer recently. A school teacher in her thirties, she is showing signs of early onset dementia, the illness that robbed her mother of her last years. She is becoming increasingly forgetful, anxious and paranoid, so when driving home late one night through a wood, she does not stop to offer help to the car stationary in the wood. She can see a blonde woman sitting in the driver’s seat, but drives on fearing it is some kind of trap. The next morning Cass is horrified when she finds out the woman was murdered, and when more details emerge that the victim was someone Cass knew and liked, her guilt is intolerable.
This is just the start of her life gradually spiralling out of control. Cass is terrified the murderer knows she was in the woods that night, and that she is the next victim. Unable to ascertain the difference between sinister goings on and innocent mistakes due to her forgetfulness, Cass is living on a knife-edge. Her husband, her friends and her colleagues all think she is losing her mind, but Cass is sure someone is out to get her. Can she find them before it is too late…?
Having read Behind Closed Doors in one sitting on its release date I have been eagerly anticipating B.A Paris’ second offering, and I was not disappointed. This book has every necessary ingredient to make one explosive Psychological Thriller; suspense, misdirection, tension, duplicity and spine tingling twists. The Breakdown starts out innocuously enough, but just as with a spider web and a fly, the reader gets pulled in and cannot escape the inevitable. Narrated in first person from Cass’ point of view, I was immediately absorbed into her mindset as she battles with the demons inside her head.
As Cass obsesses more and more you can see how she begins to deteriorate, and B.A Paris eloquently conveys a portrait of a woman slowly disintegrating and losing her grip on reality. Her characters are vividly drawn, all “pop” in their own way, each one memorable, not all likeable, and for me one or two that I changed my mind on throughout. The plot is exceptionally well crafted, I thought I saw where the plot was going, on the whole I did, but it gave me so much more than I bargained on, throwing up a few curve balls towards the end.
I devoured this book, I didn’t want to put it down. At times I had to remind myself to relax as my body was knotted with tension at some parts of the book. It was such a breath-taking joy to read, and the ending was perfect. Psychological Thrillers are hugely popular, I find most are either mediocre or really brilliant – this falls into the really brilliant category. Overall rating five stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 If you enjoyed Behind Closed Doors you will LOVE The Breakdown.
About the Author
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, her debut novel. She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working in Finance 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 second novel, The Breakdown is out February 9th, 2017.
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