Cass is driving home during a storm after a night out with friends when despite her husband asking her not to she ends up turning down a deserted road that is a short cut to their house. While driving along Cass comes across a car pulled to the side of the road and can only tell that there is a woman sitting inside of the car. With it pouring down rain Cass pulls over in front of the car but then becomes concerned when the woman doesn’t come for help. Thinking it may be a trap Cass decides to call someone when she gets home and decides to leave. After arriving home however Cass gets distracted and forgets the mystery woman along the side of the road.
When awakening the next morning Cass is immediately told by her husband that a unknown woman was found dead along the deserted road. Cass doesn’t know what to think of the incident, could she have helped the woman if she had only stayed or called for help? Not wanting to admit she’d taken the road Cass keeps it a secret she had been so close to a murderer but when she begins to have strange things happen to her she becomes paranoid of being stalked and someone knowing that she had been on that road that night.
After reading Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris last year I was very excited to get a review copy of The Breakdown hoping for yet another exciting read. I have to say when I picked up The Breakdown I was very excited to find myself almost immediately drawn into the story and engaged from the beginning. The story starts off with a rather spooky trek for Cass not knowing whether she herself is safe or if the mystery woman needs help. But the story grows from there with Cass ending up being a somewhat flawed character that is starting to have memory issues like her mother had before she passed after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.
The title of the book fit both sides to this story quite nicely once you get invested in reading it. Not only did Cass witness the woman at the side of the road possibly with a breakdown but Cass and her personality was suffering from her own breakdown throughout the book. At times I wondered which I was more invested in wanting to know more about, Cass or the murder. In the end I think the story may be a tad predictable to those that read a lot of thriller so I decided on rating this one at 4.5 stars. The book however was highly engaging and an intense ride with plenty of twists and turns to get to the end whether you begin to piece together the story or not.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.