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SHE’S GOT NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE.
A year ago, in desperation, Felicity Lloyd signed up for a lengthy research trip to the remote island of South Georgia.
It was her only way to escape.
AND NOW HE’S COMING FOR HER.
Freddie Lloyd has served time for murder. Out at last, he’s on her trail.
And this time, he won’t stop until he finds her.
BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU RUN, SOME SECRETS WILL ALWAYS CATCH UP WITH YOU…
My very first review on my blog was The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton which I loved so there was no way I was passing up the chance to join the tour for The Split.
This novel is superb! It’s full of twists, turns and heart racing thrills and the most difficult part for me is telling you about it without any spoilers.
Our main protagonist Felicity is working in South Georgia (the island not the state) as part of a research team. From the beginning Felicity is jumpy and nervous, checking the manifest for an incoming cruise ship and deciding to disappear. A few clues are given to who she is running from but the reader is kept in the dark a little at this point.
The setting description of South Georgia is stunning and vivid and I felt as though I had been given a virtual tour of a place I didn’t realise existed. I’m sure at some points I was holding my breath and actually listening out for sounds.
Now, as much as I was enjoying this part of the story, for me the intensity and thrill really picked up when we flash backed nine months previously. At this point I couldn’t put the book down.
We learn more about Felicity in this part as she is still the main narrator. Her character development is fascinating and her narration is unreliable, leaving the reader desperately turning pages to find out more and what was really going on. Other narrators include Joe the therapist, Shane the homeless murder suspect and Freddie the ex. As much as I liked Felicity’s character and felt great empathy towards her there was always a nagging in the back of my mind. Sharon has done a fabulous job of developing characters that have an vulnerability to then but also an edge. It’s not black or white in this novel. It’s not clear who to be fully rooting for.
Each short chapter reveals a little bit more but there are so many possibilities and options the plot could take it’s hard to actually predict what is going on. It’s a complex plot, drawn from many perspectives but it flows so well and this doesn’t interrupt the reading. The use of short chapters is gripping and ‘just one more’ turns into endless reading.
My review is very vague I know. It would spoil it if I gave more details however this novel is absolutely fabulous. It’s a very intelligent thriller with an unpredictable and compelling plot. You will not be disappointed.
Author Bio – Sharon Bolton
Sharon (formerly S J) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career in marketing and public relations. She gave it up in 2000 to become a mother and a writer. Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award (part of the prestigious Edgars) in the US. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s Prize for Best Thriller, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award, the Prix Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden. Sharon is available for interview and feature pieces.