Title: The Breakdown
Author: B.A. Paris
Advanced Readers Edition
I was thrilled when I received a copy of B.A. Paris’ latest book in the mail, to say the least. Ever since Gone Girl, I have jumped on the female protagonist psychological thriller band wagon and never looked back.
I recently read Behind Closed Doors, B.A. Paris’ 2016 debut novel; I liked it, but violence against people with intellectual disabilities can be hard to read. Nevertheless, I was pumped to receive a free book in the mail from Saint Martin’s Press.
The Breakdown is about a woman named Cass who lives with her husband, Matthew, in a quaint, private home in England. After a girls night out, Cass is confronted with driving tipsy through a treacherous storm. Matthew forbids her to take the dirt road shortcut home but she can handle it. On the dirt road, Cass finds a broken down car with a woman sitting inside. Between the pouring rain, lack of street lights, and desire to get home, Cass decides to keep on driving without offering help.
The next day when the woman in the car turns up murdered, Cass is overwhelmed with guilt. She can’t tell Matthew since he forbade her to use the shortcut, and everyone else will judge her for not offering help. The guilt eats her up until there’s almost nothing left.
This book hits the shelves July 18, 2017- I highly recommend reading it.