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B. A. Paris – The Break Down | Review

Title: The Break Down

Author: B. A. Paris

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 432

Rating: 4/5

I normally find thriller novels pretty hit and miss, but I’ve quite enjoyed what I’ve read of B. A. Paris so far. I might even be slightly more kindly disposed towards her because I was sent a copy of Behind Closed Doors, her first novel, ahead of its publication.

I think part of it is the fact that her writing just feels a little more polished to me. There’s a sort of style of writing that’s pretty common amongst thriller writers that just grates on me somehow, a way with words that just feels clunky and which pulls me out of the story. That doesn’t seem to happen with B. A. Paris.

Still, it wasn’t flawless. One of my biggest problems with it was a scene in which a group of French students steal a phone and then give it to the main character. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil things for you, but it was kind of a Deus Ex Machina kind of thing where it all just felt too coincidental. And if it hadn’t happened, the whole story couldn’t have taken place.

Overall though, I did enjoy reading this, and I was particularly impressed by how gripping it was. I found it difficult to put down, and there wasn’t a slowdown in the story towards the middle, which I find is pretty typical in thriller novels. I think it probably also helped that it did some fun stuff with layout towards the end as we start to see a series of text messages, and this meant that the page was broken up and you could whizz through a dozen pages in just a couple of minutes. I think that layout might annoy some people, but not me.

So would I recommend The Break Down? Absolutely. It’s a refreshing little read in a genre that’s been done to death. In fact, I think that most people would probably enjoy it even if they don’t consider themselves to be thriller readers, and that’s saying something. It’s just pretty approachable, and it does a great job of the whole “twist” thing, to the point at which you could probably re-read it and still enjoy it because you’d start to look for the clues.

Now that I’ve enjoyed both this book and Behind Closed Doors, I think we can safely say that I’m a fan of B. A. Paris, and I’ll definitely check out more stuff.

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B. A. Paris – Behind Closed Doors | Review

Title: Behind Closed Doors

Author: B. A. Paris

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 288

Rating: 9/10

 

B. A. Paris - Behind Closed Doors

B. A. Paris – Behind Closed Doors

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

I find it quite hard to categorise this book, but I will say that I ought to preface this with a trigger warning – this about domestic abuse at its worse level, and whilst there’s nothing inherently gory or explicit in it, the whole concept is pretty terrifying. Let’s get into it.

Basically, Jack Angel is a lawyer who specialises in defending abused women from their husbands, but he has a dark secret – his perfect wife, and his perfect marriage, aren’t quite what they seem. Why is it that they’re never seen on their own? And how come she doesn’t own her own mobile phone?

Turns out that something shady is going on, and this book follows Grace, Jack’s wife, as she recounts her tale whilst flicking between the past and the present. A lot of books try to do this and don’t do a very good job of it, but that’s not the case here – in fact, considering that this is Paris’ debut novel, I think it’s a hell of an achievement. That’s why I gave this a rating of 9/10 – it’s not just good, and it’s not just professional. It’s more than that – it’s pretty awesome, and I read the whole thing in the space of a day because I wanted to know what happened next.

But be warned – it might give you nightmares. I haven’t slept since reading it, and I haven’t got a good feeling about it – it’s sinister, and there are a lot of twists along the way.

 

B. A. Paris

B. A. Paris

 

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