The Breakdown is the follow-up to Paris’ 2016 release Behind Closed Doors, a book that wowed this reader. I was really excited to be approved to read an early copy of The Breakdown and opened the book with high expectations.

Cass is having a hard time. Ever since the night she saw a car on a rural road, in the middle of a downpour with a woman sitting inside. A woman who was later found dead. Cass has been trying to put the crime out of her mind. But since that night, she’s been forgetting everything from her car keys to appointments.

I read The Breakdown with a furrowed brow. What did Cass’ potential diagnosis of dementia have to do with a dead woman? I was surprised at the connection between the two events. While I was suspicious of who the bad guy might be I hadn’t figured it all out. Man! People are cold-hearted. But I thought the book ended too quickly. I needed an epilogue with just a bit more to close out the story.

This was not as page-turning intensive as Behind Closed Doors, but is still an excellent choice for the mystery lovers out there. This book didn’t live up to the expectations I set. However, Paris is still earning herself a place on my “I have to read all of her books” list. While this was not as good as her debut, I’m looking forward to what she dishes out next.

Advanced copy provided by NetGalley.


Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Breakdown

Author: B. A. Paris

Release Date: July 18, 2017

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