The Split

The Split

eBook - 2020
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"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. Tense, gripping and with a twist you won't see coming, Sharon Bolton is back in an explosive new standalone thriller about a woman on the run."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2020
Edition: First U.S. edition
Description: 1 online resource (382 pages)
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250300065

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Oct 30, 2020

A convalescing psychologist, his detective mother, a glaciologist, and a murderous roller skater walk into a bar . . . The title and the first few pages pretty much give the whole "twist" away. But I like Sharon Bolton's books and I read it anyway.

Jul 12, 2020

i was having a difficult time reading the split at bedtime, so this took longer to complete than expected. thinking about people watching while you sleep is not conducive to a restful night during a coronavirus epidemic. on the plus side, the glacial setting was cooling during record breaking temperatures in july.

May 14, 2020

Another good one for Bolton fans but I found it a bit lacking. There were no real twists here. I figured out every single plot element early on and I really, really hate it when I know more than the characters in the book. I love being fooled rather than yelling (at least internally) at the characters to see the obvious. Good action sequence at the end of the book in a unique setting.

May 02, 2020

Sharon Bolton newest book, The Split , is being released at the end of April. The previous sentence could stand alone as the only review needed for another Bolton five star. I mean really, does her fan base need to know any more than Sharon Bolton has a new book being released? New book. Five stars. Fini.
However, I think NetGalley, Goodreads, and new readers might expect a bit more from a reviewer. So go read the Goodread reviewers who have already posted their reviews. They are wonderful reviews. Okay, Okay, that won’t do either. Promises to NetGalley.
First off it’s hard to pick which element of Bolton’s books is most compelling. The setting? Holy cow, just travel with her books; the Falklands ten years after the war, the haunting and haunted Pendle Hill, the secret little canals leading in to the Thames, unknown even to long time Londoners, or the historical and arrogant worlds of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
In The Split Bolton takes her readers to the inhospitable island of South Georgia between the Falklands and Antarctica, a former whaling colony. I won’t even mention the horror show of whaling Bolton writes about. Bolton has already broken hearts once writing about whales in the not-to-be-missed Little Black Lies
Then there are Bolton’s characters. Dr. Felicity Lloyd is a glaciologist who fought hard for her position doing research with a small team on the island. A glaciologist, just about says it all about the geology and climate of the island; and the stark beauty.
But Felicity hasn’t fought back from an attack desperate to get the two year assignment in one of the most isolated places on earth just to do research. She is hiding out from a killer. One more cruise ship stop-over and she will be free of her fear for several months; her very real fear of a recently released killer finally tracking her down. Just one more cruise ship, and Felicity can be at peace for several months.
Dr Joe Grant enters the story in the two middle sections of The Split , one going back 9 months the other 7 months. Grant is a therapist assigned to Felicity after she was found beaten and unconscious on a street in Cambridge. Dr Grant is asked to evaluate Felicity because she can not remember the attack.
Dr. Grant practices in Cambridge. Besides his private practice he tries to help the homeless, some who have been disappearing. Grant also has some serious mommy issues he is dealing with in his own life. His mom provides a few moments of lightness in a sad and dark story, but she is dead serious in her work.
The story ends in one of the most extraordinary chases I have read. I was going to advise the reader to make sure they have a comfy throw and hot chocolate available when they read The Split . During the chase double up and add some schnapps or have a hot toddy handy. You will need it, even if reading poolside.
Bolton teaches, but never preaches. Her clear explanation of the affect icebergs have on climate change should be read by everyone. Especially our Cheeto-hea.…well never mind.
Bolton delves into the life of rough sleepers with compassion as she has in some of her other books. She explains so many of their problems; safety issues, weather, and mental health. It’s a wonder they even survive. Eye-opening when one man says they never sleep deeply. They sleep, but with an awareness of what is going on around them. This is the kind of detail that makes Sharon Bolton such a powerful writer.
Bolton does honest twisty turny better than any other author. I reread The Split just before writing this review. I was still caught by surprise several times and the intensity never lessened.
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. (less)

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