The Breakdown – B.A.Paris Review

breakdownOh. My. God. After hearing the hype about B.A.Paris’ books and with her most recent one coming out, I decided to finally getting round to picking this up and I’m so glad I did! There’s not going to be much in terms of plot here because it’s a thriller and obviously too much plot will give it away.

This follows Cass who decides to take a shortcut through a rural road on the way back from a night out and passes a car with a woman in it. She wakes up the next morning to the news that the woman has been murdered and it’s all a downward spiral from there.

I must admit that this was intriguing for about 60-70% of the book but not necessarily gripping or fast paced and I was maybe going to give 4 stars. But then the twists and the final reveal just all come together so seamlessly that it boosted it to an easy 5-stars. This was another case of the unreliable narrator but the reasons for her being unreliable was very well done and believable. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they found the narrator in this whiny, but I could bloody well understand why she would be whiny and worried with everything that’s going on with her!

This is told completely from the point of view of Cass, so we get a first-hand experience of Cass as she slides downhill and deals with all the crap she’s going through. I did predict some of what was going on, but I wasn’t 100 % right and I did really enjoy how it ended. I really don’t want to ay anything else as I don’t want to ruin any of the plot or twists for you!

I would definitely recommend picking this up if you’re a fan of thrillers and as mentioned above, I think it’s a really great take on the unreliable narrator situation we always see in thrillers.

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