Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - The Breakdown by B A Paris

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Title: The Breakdown
Author: B A Paris
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 9th February 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

Bestselling author B A Paris is back with a brand new psychological thriller full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Seriously impressive new book by the wonderfully talented B A Paris, I was completely hooked on this book and the unfolding story and read it in one sitting. The writing drew me in from the start, and it really made me think at times as to what I would do in the same situation. 

If you were driving in a storm, and had taken a short cut through the dark woods late at night, with poor visibility and saw a car just stopped in a layby, what would you do? Well Cass stopped, but given the woman in the car didn't seem distressed or flash her lights or anything, Cass drove away, intending to call the police just in case once she got somewhere with reception. 

Feeling guilty but too scared and not really wanting to go out into the storm, Cass drove away having done nothing, and then a text message distracts her once home. By the following morning, Cass's living nightmare starts, when the woman is found dead in the layby, and Cass can't bring herself to own up to having been there that night. 

I'm not entirely sure what I would have done in the circumstances, but Cass feels guilty, and then is terrified when she starts receiving silent calls, on a very regular basis. Not only that but she feels she is losing her mind and seeing things when a series of incidents occur. 

The book is written entirely from Cass's perspective and you really are on this journey with her, experiencing her fear at the silent calls and also wondering just what is up with her memory. I was scared for her many times in the book and had to keep reading to see what would happen next. 

I was so hooked on this book, that about a third of the way in, there was a knock on my door at home and I jumped out of my skin, thinking it was the person who had been making the silent calls! I can't say how glad I am that I was reading this book in daylight and not at night, although I may still have disturbed dreams! 

I'd been slightly apprehensive before reading The Breakdown, purely because I had loved Behind Closed Doors so much, that I was scared that it may have been a one off - needless to say my fears were unfounded as this was superb. There is much of the last third that was completely unexpected, from the direction I would have predicted the story was going in, but it was a good surprise and worked incredibly well. 

B A Paris' writing is clear and very easy to follow, and she seems to have a knack of writing about subjects that don't come up in everyday life and give you new ways to think about them. There is a lot of talk about early onset dementia in this book, as well as Cass' original moral dilemma. 

The Breakdown is a fantastic story, that is gripping and informative and one that I would heartily recommend. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ for this copy that I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Giveaway to Win The Breakdown (Paperback) (Europe only) 

I was very lucky as I received a Netgalley and physical copy of this book to review. So I read the e-book and am delighted to be able to use the paperback of The Breakdown for this giveaway, for one very lucky winner. 

Giveaway is open to Europe only (but don't worry there will be more INT giveaways in the future) , all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 15/2/2017. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

Win The Breakdown (Paperback) (Europe only)

1 comment:

  1. This is on its way to me. It was a #SecretSanta present the was pre~ordered. THanks for the review


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