The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

2 Stars (2 / 5)

Published by Macmillan :: St. Martins Press  ::  336 pages

**This book won’t be published until July 18, 2017**

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…

This book was incredibly hard for me to get through, from the beginning to the very end.

This book reminds me of why I should stop getting books on NetGalley, because they are so full of errors and formatting mistakes that is hard to pay attention. But I digress.

To start the main character, Cass, leaves a party with her co-workers and drives home in the middle of a horrible storm. She phones her husband and he tells her not to take the shortcut to their house, it’s a windy road and it’s night time and storming and it seems like a good decision to me. But instead she decides to take the road and comes across a car broken down on the side of the road, lights flashing. She pulls in front of the car and waits, but no one ever gets out, and she doesnt’ want to get wet either. So she decides that the driver has already called for help and they are on their way, so she pulls away and finally makes it home safe.

The next day she finds out that the woman she saw inside the car was murdered right after she had driven by, and thus begins the longest novel of my entire life.

So the bottom line is that the main character Cass, just isn’t relatable at all to me. She was annoying most of the time. Her mother had early onset dementia and now she thinks that she is getting it too because she keeps forgetting everything. She is always stressing out or having a panic attack about something incredibly stupid. Then she gets in her car and speeds around town until she sees someone she knows. And the panicking and the forgetting and the freaking out about stuff just goes in a circle over and over and ohmygod is there ever an end? I have a couple huge beefs about the inconsistencies in her character, but it isn’t easy for me to talk about them without spoiling the plot, so if anyone wants to talk about this book feel free to comment or message me.

The husband was supposed to be this super hot guy, as the author had implied many times, but I couldn’t help but think about him as this sloppy fat mulleted white guy that was nice to his wife until they got in the car away from everyone. As I was reading I felt like their relationship was a farce, or maybe that is what the author was shooting for? I don’t know but it was impossible for me to connect with any of the characters.

This book obviously took place in England, so maybe I’m not as familiar to their culture. But I also think that may be a reason why I was having a hard time believing all these situations Cass was getting in.

But there was an end, and there was a twist, just like every other book that is published these days.

It was an ok twist, one that I sorta saw coming since the very first chapter. Most of it was just way to unbelievable for me, and I think that’s why I couldn’t like it or the characters.

I thin that the author has a good writing style, and there was nothing wrong with the imagery or anything, there was just dumb stuff happening, with a totally unsatisfying ending.

I was so disappointed through the entirety of the book because her first book is one that I see other readers raving about, so I was sure that this one would be so much better, but I was only able to hang in there because I promised NetGally a fair and honest review in exchange for letting me read the book for free. If I had been reading my own book I would have put this one down early on. Honestly the only reason I gave it the extra star is because I thought that the basic concept of the novel was original enough, but it all needed to go down in a different way. There might be plenty of people that enjoy this one once it comes out.  2/5 stars.


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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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