Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

Brake Failure

Genre: Fiction, Romance

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“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is upper-class English, rigidly brought up to marry a man from the pages of Burke’s Peerage. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control. Until …she ends up in Kansas.

Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch. What she doesn’t know is, she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart.

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person. Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England, but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to erupt. She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure. And he’s not thinking about her car.

With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria. She joins a Survivalists group, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials. Accordingly, she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time. She falls in with a gang of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law. At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul. She desperately wants him, but knows she can never have him.

She’s angry at the emotions he arouses in her. Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket.

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun.

What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper? And why did she shoot Mr Right?


Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

At the start of this book I was a bit like meh, another story about a young housewife who wants something but has to get through this small rough patch first. However after the first few pages I was hooked!

What first being introduced to our main character Ruby you think she’s all prim and proper, she doesn’t drink or smoke. She has to have the house in perfect condition and always has a homecooked meal for her husband when he gets home. Then they move to Kansas before her husband can get a big break and move to Paris (Ruby’s dream), at first she believes that Kansas is the worst place on earth. However she soon realises that Kansas may actually be the perfect place for her. She soon integrates with the neighbours and slowly becomes more and more reckless during her time there, is she headed for complete brake failure?

I really liked this book! We start off with the police looking into a bank robbery which Ruby apparently was connected to. However how do we go from this perfect housewife to someone who robbed a bank?!

This book is full of suspense and it does have a bit of a love triangle involved! Pretty much everything you could ask for in a book. It was fun to read about Ruby’s transition into Kansas life and seeing her interactions with Hank, I just felt sorry for her at times. She always seemed to drop herself in it around Hank and ended up breaking the law.

There was a shock or two in this though, I won’t say too much as I don’t want to give away the story but I would definitely recommend this. It came out today and I’m sure it will get good reviews as it reminds me of Liane Moriarty books which I know are popular with many people.

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: A great read about a perfect housewife gone rogue


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