The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Book Review: 4 out of 5 star rating
Cass takes a short cut through the woods one stormy night, even though her husband had made her promise not to. She sees a stopped car with a woman in it but she’s too frightened to stop and just wants to get home. The next day she learns that the woman in the car had been killed. Cass is overcome with remorse and shame that she didn’t stop to help the woman. As she struggles with her guilty secret, she also struggles with her fear that she is losing her memory – or her mind. The silent phone calls she’s receiving haven’t helped as she believes they’re from the murderer.
What I liked about this book was the fact that not only did Cass not know who she could trust but she couldn’t even trust her own mind. Sure, there were times she over reacted but she was under a great deal of stress. I felt that the author’s decision to add in a fear of early-onset dementia was what held the book together for me. It made it all seem very realistic and I was pulled into the suspenseful plot. I did figure out what was going on fairly early but I still had to see what happened. I didn’t expect the ending and thought the author did a good job of pulling it together. It’s also one of those books where you just want to shake the main character and say “Just tell someone, you fool!” But of course that’s all part of the fun.
A fast entertaining book. Recommended for light summer reading.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.