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The Breakdown: A Novel Hardcover – July 18, 2017
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A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017: Mysteries and Thrillers
“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
About the Author
B.A. PARIS is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors. She grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. The Breakdown is her second novel.
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Unlike Grace in her first book who was strong and was constantly trying to outwit the phycho.....this book gives us Cass.
Cass has got to be the most gullible person to walk the planet. It was obvious to me from the get go who the bad guys were and what was happening to Cass.
The author made this book way too simplistic and I was reading and turning pages and hoping the book would get a ride out of me. Finally around page 230 it started to get more interesting, but not enough.
When you are penning a psychological thriller you need to keep your readers interested and part of that is making them care about the main character. Unfortunately Cass was such a total wimp, I found myself angry at her to take charge of her life and stop being so frightened.
Well, the ending wrapped up just as I thought it would. I even guessed who murdered the woman from the beginning of the book, there were just too many clues thrown right at you.
I am hoping B.A. Paris's next novel will be strong and a shocker like her first. She seems to feel husbands are the villain so it would be a nice surprise if the bad guy was some other character and not the proverbial husband.
This is a fast read, though a tedious one. I am surprised that so many readers found it exciting, but I am happy for them.
I wish I had liked it. I truly do. If you don't mind a heroine who gullible, and needy, and does not believe in her own self worth then go ahead and read it with my blessings.
The Breakdown does not disappoint the reader with the psychological thriller and suspense written into the story. I won’t post spoilers, but I knew before I opened the book to have myself prepared. The main character, Cass had been at a party with friends from work on a very rainy evening. It is the end of the school year and Cass has a few weeks of vacation to enjoy before the next teaching session resumes. As she is leaving her husband Matthew calls and tells her he has a migraine and is going to bed. He adamantly warns her not to take the shortcut through the woods home during the storm. He is worried for her safety and she promises to avoid the wooded secluded road. As the storm and traffic on the highway increases Cass impulsively take the shortcut home. It is getting dark, the rain is pounding and the rural road is deserted except for …up ahead she sees a car pulled over to the side.
This begins a regrettable and emotionally tortuous event in her life. Psychological suspense, worry, and some bad choices plague Cass during her weeks when she should have been enjoying her life. She has a secret she has not shared with Matthew about herself before they were married. When she wakes up the day after her stormy drive through Blackwater Lane, she discovers a shocking horror and decides to keep another secret.
As I read the story I personally felt so badly for Cass as she faces the possibility she may be losing her memory. As a reader I felt she made some poor decisions due to her secrets and fears. This is another ‘must read’ book by author B. A. Paris and once you start reading…you will not want to stop until the end!!
I dislike the use of first person in this novel because it limits the development of the other characters, which were limited to begin with. Staying in Cass's head all the time was annoying as the same types of scenes played over and over, and I stopped feeling sorry for her after the 2nd time.
The cell phone as the device to solve the mystery was just like magic! Cell phone falls into Cass's lap, and Poof, the mystery is solved! I would have given it 3 stars rather than 2 if the ending had been a little more satisfying. Just allowing the "killer" to confess in order to wrap up the story felt like she was tired of writing it and just wanted to end it. Honestly, by then, so did I.
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BA Paris did such a phenomenal job of creeping me out, that I found myself...Read more