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- Paperback : 491 pages
- Product dimensions : 13.97 x 2.03 x 21.34 cm
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432847692
- Publisher : Large Print Press; Large type / Large print edition (12 June 2018)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"A story with a ratcheting sense of unease -- a tale of friendship and love, sanity and the terrible unravelling of it." --USA Today
"B. A. Paris has done it again! The Breakdown is a page-turning thriller that will leave you questioning the family you love, the friends you trust, and even your own mind." --Wendy Walker, author of the USA Today bestselling novel All Is Not Forgotten
"In the same vein as the author's acclaimed debut, Behind Closed Doors, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss." --Library Journal (starred)
"This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly.... With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list." --Booklist (starred)
"British author Paris follows her bestselling debut, 2016's Behind Closed Doors, with another first-rate psychological thriller.... Tension quickly builds to a crescendo as Cass's fears...become palpable." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Behind Closed Doors
"Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace's increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won't be able to put down." --Booklist (starred review)
"Making her smash debut, Paris [keeps] the suspense level high. In the same vein as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, this is a can't-put-down psychological thriller." --Library Journal (starred review)
"This debut is guaranteed to haunt you -- especially if you're about to tie the knot. Paris's thriller asks the question: 'The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?' Jack and Grace, the couple at the center of this totally enthralling novel, are so clearly not what they seem you'll have no choice but to read and read and read until their darkest secrets are revealed. Warning: brace yourself." --Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
"A gripping domestic thriller...the sense of believability and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver." --The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
"Behind Closed Doors takes a classic tale to a whole new level...This was one of the best and [most] terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read...each chapter brings you further in, to the point where you feel how Grace must feel. The desperation, the feeling that no one will believe you and yet still wanting to fight because someone you care deeply about will get hurt." --San Francisco Book Review
"Paris grabs the reader from the beginning with a powerful and electrifying tale. Behind Closed Doors, a novel sure to make one's skin crawl, also reveals no one truly knows what does go on behind closed doors."--New York Journal of Books
"Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris's gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving...Grace's terror is contagious, and Millie's impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion." --Publishers Weekly
"A frighteningly cool portrait of a serious sadist, Behind Closed Doors is a gripping, claustrophobia-inducing thriller... Read at the risk of running from every handsome British lawyer who crosses your path." --Romantic Times
"This book proves that looks are most definitely deceiving...Disturbing, to say the least, readers will definitely be shaken as the story commences and they become immediately absorbed. The writing was incredible, and the pace is quick, offering up too many chills to count...Behind Closed Doors screams: 'Stay single!'" --Suspense Magazine
"This book just has to be huge in 2016. I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." --S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood
"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." --Bella
"This one is 2016's answer to Gone Girl. Nuff said." --Women's Health UK
"It took me just an afternoon to read this book and by the end, my heart was pounding. If you like fast and frantic stories, you'll love this." --The Sun
"Behind Closed Doors is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller." --Lovereading.co.uk
"An utterly compelling journey through the darker side of the human psyche. Your blood will run cold but you won't be able to stop reading, I promise you that." --Sarah Harper, Lovereading reviewer
"This has been one of my best reads EVER and will be huge in 2016. Congratulations to B A Paris on a remarkable debut book." --Shelley Bennett, The Book Club member
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Since reading 'Behind Closed Doors' by B.A Paris (her debut), I was very much looking forward to reading 'The Breakdown', and she did not disappoint!
The book's main character Cass was driving home one stormy night after a night out with work friends when she notices a car pulled over in the middle of a downpour, with a woman inside. Cass pulls over and flashes her lights at the woman to see if she needs help or will get out of the car, but when nothing happens and due to pouring rain, Cass mistakenly drives off, leaving the woman there.
The next morning after this unsettling encounter, Cass finds out that the woman in the car the previous night has been murdered. Due to leaving the scene, Cass cannot stop thinking about it and wondering whether she should have done more. Furthermore, Cass begins to start forgetting every little thing, when deliveries start appearing on her doorstep that she supposedly bought, signing for new alarm systems that she can't remember buying and even forgetting where she parked her car, two hours prior.
The combination of all these things, worrying about early onset dementia and Cass receiving heavy breathing cold calls, makes her think perhaps with a murderer on the loose, not only is she going crazy, but she's being watched and is the next target of the murderer.
I desperately wanted to skip to the end so I could find out what was going on, but exercised my self control and refrained. I'm glad I did, because the novel certainly kept me on my toes and I kept changing my mind, thinking 'oh she is going crazy' to 'she's not crazy, is she?'.
Another great book by B.A. Paris!
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If you want a page turner and aren't looking to use too much of your brain, i'd give this book a go.