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Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle !


If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside--the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

But since then, she's been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn't have a baby.

The only thing she can't forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she's receiving, or the feeling that someone's watching her...

You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

Author Notes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, B. A. Paris, grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked in finance and as a teacher.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Late at night in the midst of a storm, Cass Anderson is driving home through a desolate wood when she comes upon a car at the side of the road. Cass pauses, but when the woman alone in the car doesn't signal distress, Cass continues home, neglecting to call police or a breakdown service about what she saw. The guilt about her inaction is compounded when she learns not only that the woman in the car was murdered that night but that she was someone Cass had recently met and liked immensely. As guilt continues to weigh upon her, Cass becomes increasingly convinced that she has early-onset dementia, with which her mother was diagnosed at the age of 44. She finds herself forgetting things she's said and done, can't remember how to operate household appliances, and receives silent phone calls that she believes to be from the murderer. In a downward spiral and fearing for her sanity, Cass becomes increasingly dependent on her husband, Matthew, and best friend from childhood, Rachel. Is Cass going mad, or is something else at work here? This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The success of Behind Closed Doors and a major marketing campaign would likely be enough to lead to success, even if this weren't such a skillfully plotted thriller. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

British author Paris follows her bestselling debut, 2016's Behind Closed Doors, with another first-rate psychological thriller. When school teacher Cass Anderson, who lives in the English hamlet of Nook's Corner, leaves a party during a heavy rain, she decides, against her husband's advice, to take a shortcut home on a dangerous lane through dark woods. She's almost through when she sees a car stopped on the road with a woman behind the wheel. She stops, but when the woman doesn't get out, Cass drives away. Later, she learns the woman has been murdered and that she was Jane Walters, a young mother whom Cass recently befriended. Wracked with guilt that she didn't do more, Cass also worries about her sanity. Her mother has early-onset dementia and lately has been forgetting major things, like signing a contract and inviting guests for a barbecue, and Cass worries the same thing could be happening to her. Tension quickly builds to a crescendo as Cass's fears about her mental state-and those mysterious phone calls that may be from the killer-become palpable. 300,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson Agency (U.K.). (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Would you stop to help the driver of a stalled vehicle on an isolated wooded road during a major storm? As the morning news reveals that the stranded driver had been brutally murdered, probably minutes after Cass drove by, this is the question she repeatedly asks herself as she replays those moments from the night before. Then she starts receiving silent phone calls. Is the caller the killer? Did he see her? Already worried about early dementia (her deceased mother suffered from this) and racked with guilt, Cass starts to forget things, mix up dates, and become mired in confusion, fear, and paranoia. Thank goodness she has her loving husband and longtime best friend to support her. It's unfortunate that the two don't really get along, but as long as Cass has them to count on, she should be fine. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/17; "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/17.]--Marianne -Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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