The Split by Sharon Bolton – Book Review

Title: The Split

Author: Sharon Bolton

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Trapeze

Publication Date: 22nd October 2020

Rating: 4/5

Cover:

Summary:

SHE’LL NEVER STOP RUNNING.
BUT HE’LL NEVER STOP LOOKING.

A year ago Felicity Lloyd fled England to South Georgia, one of the most remote islands in the world, escaping her past and the man she once loved. Can she keep running her whole life?

Freddie Lloyd has served time for murder – and now he wants her back. Wherever she is, he won’t stop until he finds her. Will he be able to track her to the ends of the earth?

TOGETHER THEY’LL FIND THEMSELVES TRAPPED ON THE ICE AND IN DANGER. WHO WILL SURVIVE?

Review:

I was completely intrigued by the setting of this book and the enticing cover so I was thrilled to receive a copy and it totally lived up to my high expectations! The story follows Felicity Lloyd, who is a glacier expert spending time as a researcher in South Georgia. She has come to this remote and vastly uninhabitable place to escape her past and to escape Freddie. The story then jumps from the present day back to the events that led up to the situation Felicity finds herself in and things become both more clear yet more complex at the same time.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Split. It is a totally addictive nail-bitingly tense thriller which centres around the psychology of it’s main character, Felicity. The action is split between the vividly dramatic setting of South Georgia and the streets of Cambridge. The author uses both settings brilliantly to build a fascinatingly twisty and unpredictable plot which goes in some genuinely surprising directions and carries a real and chilling sense of unease throughout. Felicity is a great character to follow in the sense that, as a reader, you are never really quite sure whether her recollection can be trusted. The relationship between her and her therapist is intriguing and lets the reader see Felicity through the eyes of someone trained to understand and treat people with complex psychological issues. I really don’t want to give anything much away about the plot because I would hate to spoil it for anyone but it completely took my by surprise more than once. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a twisty and intelligent thriller with a focus on the lengths the human brain will go to when attempting to cope with trauma. A tense, smart and gripping novel.

I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.

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