The Breakdown by B.A. Paris published July 18, 2017
Paris’s first novel was “Behind Closed Doors”. This is her second novel. I didn’t read her first so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, as any avid book reader knows, there’s a certain excitement when we have a new story in our hands.
The storyline is about a woman named Cass who on a dark and stormy night (predictable clue #1) drives down a back country road to save time (predictable clue #2) and sees a car pulled aside. She slows down long enough to see a lone woman inside the car (predictable clue #3) Cass figures since the woman didn’t try to motion her over, or flash the headlights that the stranger was okay and kept going to her home where her fiancé was waiting. The next day, the news reports of a woman murdered along that road and right away Cass knows its the stranger she had seen. She is embarrassed for not stopping to see if the woman needed help. After all, gasp, what would her friends think? Really? This is what you worry about? Weak weak weak woman. I’m not sorry for disliking the whole damsel in distress routine. I like my female protagonists to be butt-kicking, strong, capable and sturdy. Cass gets very worried and freaked out because someone keeps calling their home phone and oh my god, there’s no one on the other end! Clutch the pearls darling! Swoon! ok, that was a bit mean, but she’s just over dramatic.
I read other reviews of this book and most people thought it was a real pager turner and brilliant. I’m sorry, but it just isn’t what I consider “meaty”.
The story itself is very reminiscent of classic movies such as “Gaslight” and “When A Stranger Calls.” It’s predictable and the ending was lacking in a completeness. All in all, I felt disappointed.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.