Tuesday intro: The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I am introducing The Breakdown by B. A. Paris, whose first book Behind Closed Doors was a pretty big hit last year.  Here’s what it’s about…

29091461If 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…

And here’s how it starts…

Friday July 17th

The thunder starts as we’re saying goodbye, leaving each other for the summer holidays ahead. A loud crack echos off the ground, making Connie jump. John laughs, the hot air dense around us.  “You need to hurry!” he shouts.

Not much to go on I admit but what do you think – would you keep reading?



  1. I enjoyed her first book, though it wasn’t my favorite. Yet, I’m curious about this one. The premise caught my attention more than the intro.


  2. I’ve got the first book, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, on my shelf to read soon. Guess I better get with it because this one sounds like one I’ll need to read too. Nice pick!


    • This one is definitely better than the first, which I did enjoy too but this feels more accomplished. It’s a slow start but then it hooks you.


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