Title: The Split
Author: Sharon Bolton
Expected Publication: April 28, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 4.07 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★
“No matter how far you run, some secrets will always catch up with you…
The remote Antarctic island of South Georgia is about to send off its last boat of the summer – which signifies safety to resident glaciologist Felicity Lloyd.
Felicity lives in fear – fear that her ex-husband Freddie will find her, even out here. She took a job on this isolated island to hide from him, but now that he’s out of prison, having served a term for murder, she knows he won’t give up until he finds her.
But a doctor delving into the background of Felicity and Freddie’s relationship, back in Cambridge, learns that Felicity has been on the edge for a long time. Heading to South Georgia himself to try and get to her first is the only way he can think of to help her.”
I did not see the ending of this book coming. Told through multiple view points, including through the eyes of her therapist, The Split is the story of how trauma can control the human mind.
We start our story at the Antarctic Island of South Georgia. Felicity Lloyd is a Glaciologist who is still on the run even in one of the most remote places on the planet. When her ex-husband Freddie arrives to the island on the last tour of the season, Felicity sets out into the wilderness to avoid him. We also meet Bamber, who is somehow off the radar of any other person on the island but is also dedicated to protecting Felicity from Freddie.
We then jump back to the previous year in Cambridge, England. Felicity is a rising star in the Glacier world but after being mugged she suffers from short term amnesia. Mandated to get therapy, her new therapist Joe is drawn to Felicity in a very unconventional way. She’s his first patient since coming back to work after being stabbed by one of his homeless patients. He’s shaken up but is still dedicated to helping the homeless population by just being available for them to talk. Meanwhile, his mother, the local police chief, is investigating a string of murders against the homeless population and warns Joe to be careful. It’s here where we met Shane. A somewhat ghost, who is committed to watching over the homeless, but is he really so harmless?
There is so much that goes down in this book but I loved that Bolton made sure to answer all our questions. Questions like, ‘why does Felicity have huge chunks of time missing’, ‘who is Freddie’, ‘why is he after Felicity’, ‘why doesn’t Felicity remember being married’, and so many other questions!
This book is full of surprises and is an addictive read. I binged it in a day and with all the multiple POVs, I kept needing to know more. If you have hard time with jumping from POV to POV or have a hard time juggling more than 3 POVs this book may be hard for you to stomach. However, I promise it all comes together at the end and you will be blown away by the finale!
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I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on The Split. Huge thank you to Minotaur Books for my advanced copy. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.
About the Author
Sharon Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreams of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap, and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.
She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family, and to write.
She and her husband now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog, and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.
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