Publisher: HQ Stories
Published: 9th February 2017
Pages: 336 Pages
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…
One stormy evening, Cassie decides to take the quicker way home, avoiding the other way due to the adverse weather conditions. During the journey, see passes a woman pulled over in her car, she seems out of place, but Cassie thinks nothing of it, until the next morning when her husband Matt tells her the lady was found murdered. Cue Cassie’s mind escalating many unwanted thoughts and feelings: what if she could have prevented the woman’s death? She chooses to keep this piece of information to herself, but in doing so means she becomes nervous and anxious.
The Breakdown essentially details Cassie’s deterioration – her ‘breakdown’ if you will. Her family and friends know nothing of her anxieties and so, blame her forgetfulness on Cassie being Cassie, where as Cassie believes it to be onset dementia – sadly just like her mother experienced. A series of events sees Cassie making unwanted decisions and forgetting about them – not intentional, but people close to her are getting agitated, which then sends Cassie into turmoil.
Having read Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris previously, I knew I needed to give The Breakdown a go! Both follow the psychological thriller genre with the story lines keeping you on your toes. Out of the two, I did prefer Behind Closed Doors, but The Breakdown was good in its own right.
It was hard to read about Cassie and how she was feeling. She had nothing to do with the woman’s death, but her over thinking mind played games on her and changed her life forever. We all have times like that when we take one small scenario and flip it into something that makes you anxious and sad. Cassie didn’t seem to have much support even with a loving husband and close friend. They seemed to dismiss Cassie’s forgetfulness as silly and didn’t listen to her when she was worried about the fact that she could be suffering the same as her mother.
However, piecing together the events of the last few months Cassie realises that she maybe isn’t going ‘mad’, but what has caused all her ‘forgetful’ moments?