Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Split By Sharon Bolton and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Alex from The Orion Publishing Group for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thanks a lot to the publisher – Trapeze for the audiobook review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 30 04 2020
Price*: Kindle £6.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £12.99 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/ Hardback $19.43 (USD)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: 10/10
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What I learned from this book: There are some strange illnesses in this world, that we know nothing about…
Description of the book: 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…
How this book made me feel: My queen of crime is back!!! And she has another amazing thriller up her sleeve! I was waiting for this book for ages! I missed Sharon Bolton’s writing sooooo much! 😀 I am just too excited about this book, it is simply amazing! 😀
This story is told from multiple perspectives, but the main characters would be Felicity and Joe. Felicity is a scientist, who specialises in ice. She is an amazingly written character in my opinion. All the parts from this character’s life are filled with mystery, intrigue and mindblowing twists. Joe is a very important character in this book as well, he is a psychologist, who together with his detective mother, try to figure out Felicity and her connection to very strange events. I loved how different the characters are in this book, the police officer is an older, overweight woman who loves a pint, but great at what she does nevertheless. I am normally met with these young detectives that are so fit and superhero kind at what they do, that it is kind of refreshing to see a different type of woman that is absolutely amazing at what she does. There are many different characters coming in and out of the picture, and they all have a story to tell.
The book is set in two completely different places, it begins in the remote island of South Georgia, that is absolutely incredible! I loved the research that the author done for this book, the description of South Georgia is unbelievable, it felt like I was there with the characters, running alongside them. The other part of the book was set in Cambridge, where Felicity lives, and all the creepy and unexplained events took place. The narrative is absolutely beautifully developed and delivered. It has everything the reader might want from a thriller and more. It is full of layers, very well placed twists and turns, the suspense was overwhelming, and I was left gobsmacked on many occasions. There are some pretty important topics that the author discussed in this novel, such as homelessness and a lack of psychological help for them, obsession, stalking, child abuse, psychological trauma and many more. The mood and the atmosphere was constantly changing throughout the pages, and it was a true page-turner for me.
I love Sharon Bolton’s writing style since her first book, she knows how to lure the reader with brilliant characters and a superb plot. The audiobook I listened to was narrated by Katie Scarfe, and she did an amazing job with her voice intonations, she brought this book to life. The chapters are quite short, so I believe the pages are just going to fly by to many readers. The ending was very well written, and I was left satisfied with the outcome. I have to tell that this book has plenty of gory and disturbing things related to small children, so please approach this read with caution.
So, to conclude, this is another addition to my Top 10 of this year. This book gave me chills and left me with my mouth opened and deeply intrigued since the first chapter. There is so much going on and it is an incredibly absorbing novel. I loved everything about it, the superb characters and fantastically well-done plot. You just have to read (or listen) this book, I can promise you one thing for sure, it will take you on an incredibly messy adventure! Enjoy! 🙂
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Book Inspector ❤
About the author: Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work. Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.
Website: http://www.sjbolton.com / Twitter: @AuthorSJBolton / Facebook:@SJBoltonCrime / Instagram: @sharonjbolton
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