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.

    1. I did too and, whilst I didn’t love it like others did, I thought it was a great debut. This is definitely more accomplished.

  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!

    1. More books, less time. Both are well worth it though.

  3. This one sounds good, and I have heard of the first one so I guess I have two I need to put on my list. 🙂

    1. Unfortunately two it is. Though if you had to pick, I’d go with this,one.

  4. I loved Behind Closed Doors, so I’ve been ogling this one, eager to get my hands on it. I definitely want to read it…as soon as I can! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. I think you will like this then. I thought it was even better!

  5. I like the writing and have heard good things about this author. I’d read more.

    1. I do like her style to. Having finished it I can say it’s well worth reading on.

  6. Hmm, it’s not particularly ‘grippy’! I think I’d be more tempted to keep reading because the book sounds promising from the blurb rather than its intro.

    1. No I agree but it does pick up the pace I promise!

      1. Phew, that’s a relief! I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for your review 😀

  7. Behind Closed Doors is on my stacks. I would keep reading to see where this goes.

    1. Well worth a read if you have a copy!

  8. Yes, because I enjoyed her first book and if you’re going to start with weather, then thunder has to be the best!

    1. Nice and dark and treacherous x

  9. You’re right – that first paragraph isn’t much, but her first book was so popular that I’ll bet this one is also good. I’d keep reading.

    1. I have to say it is better than the first which I also enjoyed. A slow start but then it definitely picks up the pace.

  10. I agree with Beth about the intro revealing too little but the synopsis is compelling — I’d keep reading. Here’s my intro/teaser for this week: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1ti

    1. I know and that was a problem- I’d have had to post a whole chapter to get to the first juicy bit!

  11. I’ve heard good things about this author but have yet to pick up the previous book. This one is even more tempting! The beginning is interesting though not quite as sinister as I’d expect given the blurb. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. 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.

  12. I’d keep reading. Those teasers are intriguing.

    1. They are one of my favourite parts of the week, a will I won’t I add to my TBR plus it shows how,important openings are.

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