The Breakdown by BA Paris (Book Summary)

Cass Anderson took the risky road one stormy night and saw a car parked beside the road. There was a woman inside. Cass pulled over but didn’t get out of the car because she’s afraid that it may just be a set up from some robbers. So she just stayed in the car for a while and waited for the other driver to signal that she needs help. But the other driver showed no signs of needing help so she just drove off.

The next day, Cass heard the news – a woman was murdered in the woods. The same woman that she saw last night, the woman that she didn’t help. Her conscience started bothering her.

She met with her bestfriend, Rachel. Cass found it very weird that she forgot the gift they have decided for Suzy. Rachel said that she was the one who thought of the gift and even collected the money so she could be the one to buy. She shamefully admitted to Rachel that she forgot about what the gift would be.

Cass became very distracted as she thought about the murder – especially when she discovered that she knows the woman. Her name is Jane and she met her at a party Rachel took her. After that, they decided to meet again for lunch. She also told no one that she saw Jane the night she was murdered because she’s afraid that people will judge her for not helping.

She also became very anxious. Since Jane’s murderer is still at large, she’s afraid that the murderer will be after her since it’s possible that he saw her when she passed by Jane’s car that night. She started receiving calls from someone who doesn’t say anything. The caller calls multiple times a day, and Cass has a very strong feeling that it is the murderer on the other line.

She decided to meet Rachel and talk to her about her worries, she also planned on telling her that she saw Jane that night – maybe it will lessen her anxiety. By that time, she was already diagnosed with early stage of dimentia and decided that she would quit her work as a teacher.

Cass decided to be early at her dinner with Rachel but when she arrived, she saw her already talking to someone – John. John is Cass’s colleague. Before Cass got married, John pursued her. She found it weird that Rachel and John are talking in a restaurant, could they know something that Cass didn’t? She looked back at the events and realized that John could possibly be the murderer. John knew Jane because of a sport. Once, while Cass was being anxious and started driving away because she thought the murderer was roaming outside her house – she bumped into John along the road. There was also an instant when she receive the usual silent call. She got fed up and yelled at the silent caller – but it turned out to be John on the other line inviting her for a get together.

Cass didn’t show herself while Rachel and John talked since she already grew suspicious. When she went back to the restaurant, John was already gone so she approached her. Cass decided that she would confide nothing to Rachel because she is not sure at the moment that she could trust her. When Rachel asked her why Cass wanted to meet, she simply said that she needed help in choosing a gift for her husband, Matthew. Rachel gave a few suggestions and then went to the bathroom. When she came back she was in a hurry to leave.

Cass stayed behind for a while after Rachel left. Suddenly, a french student who is another customer at the restaurant, handed her a phone. The student said that it belongs to Rachel. His classmates made a dare and took the phone from Rachel’s bag without her noticing. Cass thanked the student and accepted the phone even though she is not sure if it really was Rachel’s because it’s a very old model. She started going through the messages and confirmed that it really is Rachel’s phone. To her surprise, most of the messages are about her.

She dialed the number and listened to the voice – it belongs to her husband, Matthew.


The truth: 

Rachel and Matthew are having an affair. Cass is not sure when it started but based on their texts, it looks like it’s been going on for a long time. The two of them set Cass up. Everything Cass thought she forgot was just something Rachel and Matthew planned. Cass’s mother was diagnosed with dimentia so it was easy for her to believe that she was having the same thing. Both Rachel and Matthew are also eyeing Cass’s inheritance from her mother. Rachel had been like a sister to Cass so she thought it was right for her to have a portion of the money, but she was left with nothing.

Matthew is also the silent caller, he’s doing it to worsen Cass’s fear. He also added Cass’s medicine in her juice so she would have an overdose. When she had an overdose, it made her appear suicidal.

As for the events that Cass forgot, both Matthew and Rachel made it believable. For example, Rachel made it appear like Cass forgot about Suzy’s gift when in fact, they never talked about it. She told Cass that she collected the money and when she got home, the money is in her drawer, but it was really Matthew who put it there.

As for John, he met with Rachel in the restaurant because Rachel wanted to tell him something. She told him about what happened to Cass, how unstable she is at the moment. John thought it wasn’t loyal of Rachel as as a friend to disclose this information.

Cass was really stunned and angry at what she discovered from the text messages. She acted like she doesn’t know anything until she figures out a plan to make Rachel and Matthew pay. This is how she made them pay:

She called the police and told them that she found the knife that was used to kill Jane in their garden. She saw the photo of the knife in the television. She saw the knife from one of Rachel and Matthew’s trick. The knife was from Rachel. Matthew placed it in the kitchen to make Cass more anxious and then later on replaced it with a small knife to make Cass believe that she’s imagining things. The police started questioning Rachel and Matthew’s whereabouts while Cass pretended not to put the blame on them. She just kept on providing information that would incriminate them. Rachel and Matthew became suspects and then they were sent to jail. Truth is, Cass doesn’t know if either of them killed Jane. She only wants to teach both of them a lesson.

However, even though she didn’t really know who killed Jane, the detective paid her a visit the next day thanking her for helping them solve the crime. The detective said someone made a confession – Rachel.


How Jane was killed: 

Rachel mentioned before that she had an argument with Jane over a parking space but truth was, it was not about the parking space. Jane saw Rachel and Matthew having sex. When Jane had lunch with Cass, she saw Matthew and recognized him. She threatened Rachel that she’d tell Cass if she doesn’t end her affair with Matthew. Rachel asked Jane to talk in the woods, to sort things out since she mentioned that she wasn’t ready to end it yet. Rachel ended up killing Jane.

When Cass passed by, Jane saw her but didn’t signal for her because she was actually waiting for Rachel – so Cass shouldn’t feel guilty about not getting out of the car that night.

The End of The Breakdown by BA Paris.


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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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