Posted By: Frank Miceli
Given the fact that I love puzzles so much, I felt the need to pick up another mystery/thriller after I finished Bonfire. I rather enjoy piecing together the information in a book to see just how soon I can figure out what the ending will be. While I was able to figure out a piece quite early, there was still a twist at the end that I did not see coming. That fact alone added to my enjoyment as I had to go back and see what I missed.
From the beginning, The Break Down starts out as real a nightmare as one can imagine. The main character, Cass, is driving home and decides to take a shortcut. With a massive thunderstorm the dark, dreary road that leads to her house is scary enough on its own. When she later learns that the car she passed on that road had a woman who was brutally murdered inside of it, Cass begins to lose it.
As her memory seems to slip away from her, Cass cannot let the murder go and other aspects of her life begin to be effected. You are able to feel the pain that Cass feels as she starts her mental downfall. While some things are a bit repetitive, you are able to see firsthand what it is like for someone who believes they are losing their mind.
The slow demise of Cass mentally was heartbreaking to read. All the while I could not help but think how someone could let all of this happen and just be accepting of it. That due to some family history it could just be agreed that the exact same thing was happening over again. Despite the fact that the presumed disease was not hereditary, it seemed odd that someone going through potential symptoms would not question it more. I understand how scary it can be to have your life turned upside down all of a sudden but it is in my nature to question rather than just accept, so personally I had a hard time believing that someone else would not do the same. However, as Cass’s demise evolves, you can see where someone in her situation might be more afraid to ask questions for fear of what may lie in the answers she receives.
All in all, it was a book I enjoyed but as with others, not one I would recommend putting at the top of your To Be Read (TBR) list. If you enjoy a good mystery/thriller then this is most likely something you will find worth your time. If you find puzzles to be intriguing, then I would suggest giving this a shot and see if you can hone in on the details I missed during my first read.
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