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The Breakdown: The 2017 gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors by [Paris, B A]
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Praise for Behind Closed Doors:

If you loved The Girl on the Train read Behind Closed Doors
-Elle magazine

Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable.
-Lesley Pearse, bestselling author of Without a Trace

You ll love this
-The Sun

Chilling
- Heat

WOW. The sign of a great book is when you realise you have forgotten to breathe during an entire chapter. Read it ... but make sure you leave the lights on
- Tracy Fenton, founder of THE Book Club on Facebook

An utterly compelling journey through the darker side of the human psyche. Your blood will run cold but you won t be able to stop reading. I promise you that
Lovereading .co.uk

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About the Author

B. A. Paris is from a Franco/Irish background. She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters.

She is the author of the bestselling psychological thriller Behind Closed Doors.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2796 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250122465
  • Publisher: HQ (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AKV8EKQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 678 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2017
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“Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable” writes Lesley Pearse.

“Utterly compelling, brilliant and tense” says Lisa Hall.

Both of the above are writers and so you would be forgiven for thinking their statements must carry some weight.....

Cass and Matthew Anderson live in a small picturesque cottage at the end of a country lane in the middle of nowhere. She's a teacher. I can't work out what he does but it's something to do with oil rigs; one would think that they would have a modicum of intelligence and common sense. Alas no.

Driving home alone one night during a violent storm Cass decides to take a short cut through a wooded area knowing that not only has Matthew advised against it, he would be absolutely furious that she was going against his wishes. Goodness me – a woman who doesn't obey her husband – what is all this women's lib about? Anyway, Cass hurtles along through the thunderbolt 'n' lightning (very, very frightening), torrential rain, and wild wind with all thoughts on getting home safely. Suddenly, up ahead, she sees a car, and realises that it is, in fact, stationary with a woman in the driver's seat. Does Cass stop? Well, yes she does, but that's all she does; she's too scared to do anything constructive.. After all there might be Someone Lurking in the woods, or maybe there's an accomplice in the car ready to strike, so she does nothing. She drives off, feeling guilty, but hey, she's safe so it doesn't matter really, does it.

Imagine her horror when she learns the very next day that the sole occupant of the car has been found not only murdered, but BRUTALLY murdered! Does Cass feel guilty? Oh yes; in fact she has so much guilt – about everything – she can hardly function.
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By Brida TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2017
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I am beginning to realise that books which have a statement after the title on Amazon's product page are really poor thrillers which need something else to try and grab people's attention. Twice I have bought such books - the first was The Teacher" - and twice I have been sorely disappointed by the quality.
"The Breakdown" is a thriller which follows quite a surge recently of books having a character at the heart of the tale who doesn't know if they are losing their mind, in some way. Now, there is not necessarily anything wrong with this type of story. If done well, it can be a fantastic read. Unfortunately, "The Breakdown" has not been executed well.
The main protagonist is a young woman whose mother has recently passed away, following a battle with dementia. One stormy night, following a work function, she travels home by cutting across a secluded wooded road. She sees a car on the side, a single woman inside. Fearing all sorts of terrible things, she talks herself out of going to check on the woman. The next day, she discovers that the woman was murdered, and that she knew her . . . sort of. She then fears that the murderer may be after her as well, and when she starts receiving silent calls and forgetting everyday things, she fears that not only is her life in danger, but also her sanity.

Sounds okay, doesn't it? The synopsis is a good idea, if executed by a very good suspense writer. For me, this just didn't cut the mustard. From the very beginning, you wonder why our female protagonist makes virtually every decision that she does. Calling her husband before she travels home that fateful night, he demands that she does not take the road through the woods. Then, when she sees another female by the side of the road on a terrible night, she does nothing.
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I'm struggling to understand all the hype. Poorly written, oversimplified prose, and a story line that didn't really inspire. I had to force myself to finish it. While I loved 'Behind Closed Doors' by the same author, this book was an insult to readers.
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Terrible book. Poorly written, dull plot and totally unbelievable. I quite enjoyed Behind Closed doors in a trashy holiday read kind of way but this is just awful. Low quality in every way. On the plus side, it doesn't take long to read. I also cannot believe this is getting such amazing reviews.
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This is the first time for a long while ,that I have been unable to put a book down and this book is it. It is a very gripping read . There are odd moments when I questioned the plot but nevertheless a terrific read.
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Gaslight revisited. Patrick Hamilton's estate due some royalties!!!
Plot so thin you work it out within the first few pages. Bad writing. Author unafraid of running two cliches consecutively: 'it stops me in my tracks and glues me to the spot'
Save your money for something worthwhile.
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By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2017
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I really loved Behind Closed Doors, and was full of admiration for B A Paris. I was excited to get my hands on this second psychological thriller by the same author. Sadly, I quickly became frustrated as it is rather worrying, annoying book to get into. I felt my own head was spiralling out of control too, as I ploughed through pages of Cass' 'forgetfulness' and downright silliness, in not reporting what she knew about the car in the woods and its unfortunate occupant. Obsessed with the fact she had taken a short cut that her husband had sternly warned her against, she allows her fear of what people will think of her to warp her moral compass. She knew the victim a little and feels threatened by her passing on by the other side of the 'break down' scene she came across. It all looks bad for her...

Instead of being tense and exciting, it is initially frustrating to read, goes on and on in the same vein, and one fears it will be ad infinitum. The theme of possible inherited tendency to dementia is interesting to a point, but necessarily over laboured. A far from satisfying story to begin with, though thankfully well beyond half way through we get something to work with at last. I could see who was probably the baddie was from early on, clues you can pick out from the ramblings, watch out and take note of something that seems weird... The finale is fantastic and makes it worth the slow start.
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