The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Setting: England
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Cass is already having a hard time. Her mom, who had early-onset dementia, died of pneumonia. She's still grieving. Driving home from a gathering with her co-workers, her husband tells her to go the long way around due to a storm, but Cass takes the short cut anyway. She spies a woman sitting in her car. While her first thought is to stop and see if the woman's okay, Cass heads home instead and then forgets to call police for a welfare check.

When she learns the woman had been murdered, Cass panics. Worse, she knew the woman. They'd just met and were becoming good friends. Guilt sets in, and Cass fears the murderer may have seen her. She starts getting strange calls. She's forgetting important details. She even orders a baby carriage, yet never remembers doing so and has no reason to have done so.

Soon, Cass's husband is convinced she's having a breakdown. Cass is equally convinced she's being stalked by the killer. Could Cass be right or is she suffering from early-onset dementia like her mother did?

What an exciting read! I loved every minute of it. I did have part of the mystery solved, but I didn't care. I was so involved that I had to know how it played out. B.A. Paris did not disappoint. I found myself almost laughing by the end in a complete satisfaction. It's been a while since I've loved an ending so much!

The Breakdown is part mystery, very suspenseful, and puts a shiver up your spine. I got mad, I laughed, and I wanted to cry for Cass at times. I felt so involved in the story that I had to keep reading. If you like the current trend of Gone Girl type novels, do not miss this one!


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