Behind Closed Doors was one of the most talked about breakthrough debut novels of 2016 so it was always going to be interesting to see how B.A. Paris followed it up. Have no fear though because The Breakdown is even better.
Cass Anderson is returning home from a night out with the other teachers from school. Term has just ended and a long summer break looms ahead. A summer storm breaks as she is driving home from the party. The torrential rain is making the motorway treacherous so she decides to come off early and take the short cut through the woods instead. Visibility here is not much better but at least she is away from the spray and speeding cars. Halfway home she sees a car pulled over in a lay-by. She can just make out a blonde woman in the front seat. The weather is so bad and the area so remote that Cass really doesn’t want to get out of the car so she stops briefly to see if the woman approaches her for help. When no contact is made Cass drives off and goes home.
The next morning she is horrified to hear on the local news that a woman was murdered in her car the previous night. In the woods. In that lay-by. Cass could have saved her but she left her to die. Cass could even have been another victim herself. As the guilt begins to take its toll on her summer plans she finds her world starting to come apart. When the silent calls begin Cass knows that it is the killer on the other end. Will she be next?
Settle down in your comfiest armchair and prepare yourself for a journey into hell. Just don’t forget to breathe!
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UK Publication Date: Feb 9 2017. 336 pages.