Brake Failure by Alison Brodie book review


Brake Failure written by Alison Brodie, publisher Clipboard Press, is available in ebook format from 9th January 2017.

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

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”


This is the first book written by Alison Brodie that I’ve read and Alison took me on a rip raucous journey with her story of Ruby escaping from her past and her present and breaking free from the mould that others had created for her.

Brake Failure is Alison’s 5th novel and Alison’s skill in weaving you a wonderful, funny, romantic story is evident from early on.  The story is set in 1999 with the world anxious about the new millennium and the ‘so called’ millennium bug.

The story is in two parts we start off just before midnight ready to celebrate the new millennium when a crime has been discovered at a retirement home in Kansas City, a second crime is also underway at the bank a few blocks down the road.  The townsfolk are in shock but also excited with the media attention.  One of the main suspects/hostages is missing … Ruby.

The story then looks back 5 months earlier to London and to Ruby’s nuptials with the equally shy Edward.  Ruby and Edward were quite similar they were both shy and had a difficult and unconventional upbringing.  Ruby was so excited for the wedding as she believed the newlyweds would be relocating to Paris but alas last minute plans saw them packed up and shipped off to Kansas City.  We follow this journey of Ruby and her new friends to the present day crime scenes.

Ruby has been preened and moulded to be the perfect lady and wife since moving in with her stepmum when she was just a little girl.  When Ruby first moved to Kansas City it was quite alien for her and her very British ways, the locals adored her accent.  The locals soon became friends and Ruby started feeling more at home and she made an effort to fit in with the lifestyle in this new country.

I loved Ruby’s character from the start her naivity was sweet and facing married life in a new country must have been very frightening for her.  I did love her transformation and some of the antics she got up to were so funny and unexpected!  I loved the discussions she had with her new friends and they liked to gossip about the Royal family, very amusing.  Ruby’s life started going crazy when she upsets local sheriff, Hank Gephart.  Sheriff Gephart was so different to her mild and meek husband Edward.  Gephart was rugged and strong and very handsome.  A chemistry sparked between Ruby and Hank and for some reason Ruby became quite irritated with him and did her best to prove she wasn’t any normal English girl.

A story full of colourful characters with wonderful wit, warmth, love and lust.  New friendships and new beginnings for Ruby in her crazytastic world.

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