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    The Ending Saved This Book

    Cass and her husband, Matthew, live in a house far away from many things. Only a couple of neighbors down the road but it is quiet and peaceful. That is, until one stormy night on her way home a woman is stranded on the side of the road. Cass made the decision that she would later regret: she does not help her. The next morning, the woman is found dead. Riddled with the guilt of not having done anything, and horrified that this could happen in her small and remote neighborhood, Cass gets spooked and lives in fear. When she discovers that the woman was her new friend, Jane, she nearly falls apart. Does the murderer know that it was Cass who passed by? Let me begin with the end. The end of the book really ties everything together and makes up for the redundant middle of the book. Although many thriller books are compared to Girl On The Train, I will add this one to the list for this very reason. I gave up on Girl On The Train because the middle was so redundant on how she is drunk every day. I later had the book spoiled for me and wished I had carried on. I almost did the same for this book. The middle of The Breakdown becomes cumbersome to read as it does not feel like much of anything is progressing. The daily actions of Cass waking up devastatingly convinced to have early onset dementia like her mother had, taking pills, falling asleep, waking up again to pretend to be normal when her husband comes home, and going to bed again happens so often. However, there are snippets of clues subtly dropped within this chunk of monotony that it is easy to miss them. I would not say that this book is something that I could not put down. For a lot of the book I had a hard time actually picking it back up, but I am glad that I did as the ending makes up for everything. I would recommend this book for anyone who could endure Girl On The Train. I also recommend this book for readers who enjoy getting in the mindset of the narrator. This reads in first-person narrative and does not jump back and forth between past and present. For those who may be offended, there are themes of manipulation, stalking, murder, early onset dementia, and overdose. Please note: An electronic advanced reader copy was generously provided by St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Just OK

    I had high expectations for this book as I loved B.A Paris' first book Behind Closed Door's. However, It was just okay. Not very eventful and the end was weak.
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    A surprising resolution to an interesting story

    "Breakdown" as a title for this story is very appropriate. The book begins with Cass seeing a woman in car on the side of a country road. The weather is very bad that night and she doesn't stop to help. After the woman is found dead Cass struggles with her decision not to stop ... She begins to show signs of a mental breakdown. I found much of the book a bit a bit tedious, but the resolution to the situation is surprising!
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    Never Stop in the Dark

    Promise you will not take Blackwater Lane home!!! On a stormy night Cass has a decision to make. Battle traffic the long way home or take a short cut home that she has promised her husband Matthew that she will avoid. Visibility is poor as the rain comes down in sheets so pray that you can see a vehicle ahead and have some tail-lights to follow. But...when the car in site is stopped in the road and Cass is forced to inch past a women is behind the wheel. Does a solitaire women stop to see if help can be given? Eerie tale of regrets and the onset of dementia. Paris spent a lot of time on the dementia angle but as the story progressed characters showed their true selves. Good who done it that kept me guessing. St. Martin's Press via Netgalley supplied a copy to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and my comments here are my honest opinion.
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