The synopsis is key when it comes to my book reading decisions. Too much information and I feel like there’s no point in reading the book, everything is already there. Too little, and I don’t know if it is for me or not. I guess I’m a bit of a Goldilocks when it comes to the synopsis, and The Breakdown had it just right.
The Breakdown is a slow build, you have to be patient. Paris starts off by introducing the reader to Cass, the protagonist, as well as the supporting cast. She carefully led me down a path that I was happy to follow; into the deteriorating mind of Cass. I felt bad for her, asked myself why she made certain decisions. Truth be told, it was starting to get a wee bit monotonous. I wanted to know what the point was, where the story was going. It was then that B.A. Paris pulled out the sledgehammer and cracked me in the head. I did not see that coming, and that made the whole voyage worthwhile.
The more I read, the harder it is to shock and surprise me. I’ve had a few face-palm moments, when I really should have seen the twist coming. But this was different. Kudos to B.A. Paris, you completely caught me off guard.
While I know that this isn’t B.A. Paris’ first book, it is my first time reading one of her books. When I really think about how The Breakdown shocked and surprised me, I’m really curious about what else is behind her closed doors.