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کاساندرا از شبی که ماشین را در جنگل دید، آرام و قرار ندارد. در جاده‌ی پر پیچ و خم روستایی، زیر بارانی که مثل دوش می‌بارید، زنی در ماشین نشسته بود - همان زنی که کشته شد. کاساندرا می‌کوشد فکر این جنایت را از سر بیرون کند؛ به راستی چه کاری از دستش بر می‌آمد؟ در نیمه‌های شبی توفانی، رانندگی در چنین جاده‌یی خطرناک است. همسرش اگر می‌فهمید قولش را شکسته و از آن جاده به خانه آمده، خشمگین می‌شد. شاید اگر توقف می‌کرد، خودش هم آسیب می‌دید.
اما از آن شب، مسائل ریز و درشتی را فراموش می‌کند: محل پارک ماشینش را، این که دارویش را خورده یا نه، رمز دزدگیر را، یا این را که چرا وقتی بچه ندارد، کالسکه‌ی نوزاد سفارش داده است.
تنها چیزی که از یادش نمی‌رود، زنی است که شاید می‌توانست نجاتش بدهد؛ و عذاب وجدانی که در پس ذهنش لحظه‌یی از زمزمه باز نمی‌ایستد...
...و همچنین تلفن‌های مزاحم و احساس زیر نظر بودن را...
فروپاشی، رمان مهیج و جذابی است که یک لحظه نمی‌توان زمین گذاشت.


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Last year, I read and enjoyed Pariss Behind Closed Doors. I made it clear in my review that it wasnt a clever, twisty thriller of the Gone Girl-variety. In fact, the book quickly gave up all its secrets and was more about what happened to the characters after that. And yet, it was very compelling.

The Breakdown is more of a traditional mystery and, in my opinion, it is less compelling. I feel like the author simply didnt play to her strengths. Paris is fantastic at creating dramatic scenes filled with horror. She can even master the villainous psychopath with a fucked up agenda. But creating mysteries that keep you guessing? Here, she fails.

The story begins with Cass taking a shortcut home down a dark, rural road, against her husbands advice. She sees a car by the side of the road and sees a woman sat in it. After briefly considering asking if the woman needs any help, Cass drives on and goes home. Then the woman turns up dead.

Cass feels guilty, but theres more than that. Because soon she starts receiving calls from someone who doesnt say anything, and seeing a man watching her from outside her house. And whats more, shes having trouble remembering certain things. She goes somewhere without her purse, or makes a purchase she cant remember making. As her mother died of early-onset Alzheimers, Cass becomes more and more concerned that her problems may extend beyond the physical.

It sounds interesting, but the story puts all its weight on the reveal... and it is too easy to guess. And I dont mean just guess who is responsible, but also guess the entire reasoning behind it. The pool of suspects is too small; there are so few characters in the book, and many readers will be immediately suspicious of the culprit (honestly, they seem shady as hell).

Also, because everything is built up around solving the mystery, the getting there wasnt that interesting. The repetitive scenes of Cass being afraid to answer the phone and forgetting something else irrelevant to the main plot quickly made the story slow and boring.

It was one of those situations where I thought I knew what was going on, but I kept pushing through the tedious chapters and hoping I was wrong and that the ending would surprise me. It didnt. Its way too easy to work out. You might even be starting to suspect the answers before beginning if you (view spoiler)[read the authors previous book (hide spoiler)].

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*4.5 Stars…because I would not, COULD NOT, put this down!

There are no profound reasons as to why this book was so much fun for me. It certainly doesnt shatter any psychological-thriller molds, and to be quite honest, there wasnt much shock value in its pages. There were some seemingly mundane moments that some could even call repetitive.

So why, oh why then, could I Not. Stop. Reading?

It boils down to an exhilarating execution: The quick pacing; the heavy buildup of anticipation; the spark of mistrust in everyone, and the growing fragility of the main protagonist…

Cass

Cass is literally having a mental breakdown after the murder of a local woman is discovered…a woman she could possibly have helped.

As the guilt eats away at her conscience, Cass’s emotional distress quickly spirals into hysteria. Add the growing forgetfulness and constant paranoia to her heaping pile of anguish, and suddenly Cass doesnt recognize the lunatic she’s become.

She’s almost certain she’s suffering from early onset dementia—the condition that has stole her mother’s life—and no one, not even her husband, will believe that someone is out to get her.

Cass’s continual highs and lows will cause you whiplash, and you will FEEL her frustration as she grasps at straws (tongs, and cans of hairspray) to keep her crumbling life together!

It is exhausting for her.
It will be exhausting for you.
And that is the genius of it.
Because, like it or not, you’re sitting shotgun on the roller coaster of Casss emotions.

And then there is the final 25%…packed with action and epiphanies, and decisions that will make you want to high-five your fictional friends.

From beginning to end, this read was addictive. I gobbled it whole, and even though some of the logic in this plot may not hold up under the heavy scrutiny of the savvy thriller-reader—I cannot recommend this one enough to fans of the genre!

My only problem is what to read after this…

*Arc provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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4.5 Stars!

To say I was excited for this novel is an understatement. I loved Behind Closed Doors so I couldnt wait to see what B.A Paris had in store for me this time.

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The beginning of The Breakdown is like a scene out of a horror movie. I could picture it. Cass Anderson is in a rush to get home....its raining and the weather is only getting worse. She speaks with her husband, Matthew and he cautions her to drive carefully and makes her promise not to take the shortcut through the woods. Its not safe at night. However, at the last second Cass veers off the main road to the shortcut she just promised she wouldnt take. She decides what Matthew doesnt know wont hurt him. She just wants to get home as fast as possible.

As she nears her house she swerves to avoid hitting a car parked at the side of the road. Theres a woman inside. Cass stops in front of the car to see if the woman indicates that she needs help. The woman doesnt do anything. All the stories Cass has heard about people tricked into stopping to help someone go through her head. Someone stops thinking they are being a good Samaritan only to end up getting car-jacked......or worse. Eventually Cass decides the woman must have already called for help, so she continues on her way home.

The next day, Cass is horrified to learn that a woman, Jane Walters was killed in the woods. It was the woman whose car was stopped on the side of the road. Whats worse is Cass realizes she knows this woman. She actually had lunch with her the week before. Cass is overcome with guilt over Janes murder. If she had only got out of the car to check on Jane. Would she still be alive? or would Cass have been killed too?

Cass has been having trouble with her memory and its gotten worse since the murder. At first it was just little things. She would misplace something or forget she made plans with friends. But forgetting that she agreed to have an alarm installed? How could that be? But she sees the job order is written in her handwriting so she must have agreed to the installation.

Is she going to suffer the same fate as her mother?

Then come the phone calls. Someone is calling every day....over and over. But they NEVER say a word. Everyone tells her its just a call center making cold calls. But Cass worries that its something or someone much worse. When I read about the constant calls a part of me thought, oh come on! Unplug the phone, change your number, OR buy a whistle and blow that suckers ear off!!! But fear can leave you frozen, unable to think straight.

Cass starts to think someone is watching the house, that someone has been in the house. When she goes shopping and is leaving for home she cant find her car. She KNOWS where she parked, so it must have been stolen. Cass and the parking attendant look everywhere, on all the different floors only to eventually find her car.....

Right where she left it.

Her mind feels like its going to break....everything is spiraling out of control. Shes in a constant state of anxiety. The phone calls are amplifying all of her fears. Plus all of the things shes forgetting makes things worse. With everything going on Cass is desperate to know....

WHO KILLED JANE?

But then something happens. Cass gets advice and information from very surprising sources. Things start to click into place.....things that she NEVER would have expected. She tells herself shes lost enough time and shes determined that shes going to figure it all out. She wants to know who is behind the constant phone calls and if its connected to what happened to Jane. Cass wants answers and now no one is going to stop her. As Cass gets stronger and searches for answers you cant help but cheer for her. The web of lies that she starts to unravel.

Well Ms. Paris....you didnt let me down. I loved this one too.

I know that everyone is different and not everyone will love the same books and thats completely understandable. There were times that I started getting annoyed with Cass, but when I imagined something like this happening to me? I cant imagine how alone and helpless I would feel.

Occasionally I find it really hard to get into a book that requires me to suspend disbelief, but I found with @Behind Closed [email protected] and this book that I was able to do that easily. The authors writing style and the suspenseful plot allowed me to let go of reality and really enjoy what I was reading.

@The [email protected] was intense and gripping, especially the second half. I was shocked. I may have been right about a thing or two but it didnt matter as how everything played out was fantastic to read. This author knows how to pull her readers into her story, not letting go until the final word on the last page is read.

I cant wait for more from this author!

Thank you to Jessica at St. Martins Press and B.A Paris for providing me with an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for my honest review.

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Let me preface my review by saying, I was not one of those readers that was over the moon for this author’s first book, Behind Closed Doors. While I liked the characters, especially memorable Millie, and found myself engrossed in the storyline, the execution didn’t wow me; in fact, I felt there was something major missing.

Against my better judgment, I let my twitchy and often overeager ARC requesting finger take charge where this book was concerned (will I ever learn self-control?), resulting in a potent dose of regret and a pinch of dread when it came time to pick it up. I tried to pacify myself with the thought that Behind Closed Doors was only my first encounter with B.A. Paris storytelling, and even though they say first impressions are everything, I figured I should check my skepticism at the door and give the author the benefit of the doubt. Why not sit back and let her try and win me over on our second go-round; it could happen, right? Well, turns out, I liked this one even less than her debut. Sad to say, this author’s writing and this reader’s sensibilities aren’t a great mix. I wish Ms. Paris luck, but it’s probably best if we part ways here.

The author relies heavily on the frantic pacing, which I’ll give her, is a tad addicting, but for me, substance is key. Establishing some type of feelings or connection with the characters whose lives I’m wrapping myself up in is major. Without that I’m pretty much checked-out, just going through the motions. The complete lack of character development, overused plot devices, dramatic tone, very short list of suspects and the predictability of it all, led me down that dreadful road of discontent. On the larger scale, this story is all too forgettable.

Maybe I’m jaded, suspicious by nature or too cynical because it didn’t take much guesswork for me to figure out what was going on; Im talking within the first few chapters. Its not even worth getting into the nitty-gritty of the plot here, in the off chance I might spoil it for someone else. What it all boils down to is preference and subjectively what makes a story great in your eyes; unfortunately for me, this wasn’t my cup of tea.

*Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best mystery! what will happen?

well, that was fast…

i cant remember the last time i blitzed through a book as quickly as i did this one (*EDIT - yes, i can - it was Gemina). i had about fifty pages to go in the book i was reading (The Three Heretics) which i knew would not be enough to last me my whole day, and i didnt want to carry TWO books into the city like some donkey, so i grabbed this one on my way out the door, and by the time i went to bed that evening, i had finished it with time to spare, and with time to finish those final 50 pages. ordinarily, on my way to work in that sleepy time of the morning when the suns not even up yet, i use my subway time to doze a little over my book, but with this one, i was too sucked in to nap, which is pretty remarkable.

quickplot - cass is a teacher living in a lovely, but isolated, house in a small english town with her devoted husband matthew. one violently rainy night, driving home to matthew after an end-of-year party, cass takes the shortcut home, despite matthews insistence that the path through the woods, with no mobile signal, would be too dangerous in the storm. she is nearly home when she sees a car pulled over on the side of the road with a woman inside. the rain makes it too blurry to see much, but cass is concerned that the woman might need help, so she pulls over. she waits for the woman to take advantage of her good samaritinism, but as the minutes tick by with no action or signal from the woman, cass becomes increasingly paranoid, imagining all the urban legend scenarios of a hitchhiker in the backseat of the womans car, and she bounces. the next day, it is all over the news: the woman she saw was found murdered in her car right where cass left her. even worse, it was a woman with whom she was acquainted, and she feels guilty for having left her the way she did. however, not wanting to admit to matthew that she took the shortcut he warned her against, she suffers her guilt in secret. she is also hiding another secret from her husband; her recently-deceased mother suffered from early onset dementia, and cass has herself been experiencing episodes of memory loss, which the stress of the murder intensifies. between the weight of her secrets and the fear that she will end up as helpless as her mother, cass mental state worsens as the long empty days of summer stretch on; shes preoccupied, forgetful, paranoid, and she begins to suspect she was seen by the killer that night, and is his next target.

its one of those books that, once it starts, just never lets up, and cass unraveling is a wonderful trainwreck. apart from one necessarily exposition-heavy chapter at the beginning, the chapters are wicked short, which speeds up the pacing, and with threats both internal and external, killer and mental breakdown (because the books title is doing two jobs, yeah?), its my favorite combination: suspense and an unreliable narrator.

although only one star separates this from Behind Closed Doors in my gr ratings, i liked this one considerably more. its much more plausible, although it does rely on a genre-standard that ive come to accept as par for the course in psychological suspense, even as it irritates my common sense. (view spoiler)[everyone who is close to you is eeeeevil and are all masterminds at concealing it (hide spoiler)]

but, from a thriller standpoint, it definitely delivers.

i recently read Gone Without a Trace, which delivered a similarly claustrophobic reading experience, as you get immersed in the perspective of a character whose world seems to be disintegrating and can no longer trust their own mental faculties. which would be horrifying in real life, but delivers a chillingly pleasant intensity when youre safely reading.

more like this, please!

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