Today it’s time for me to review a book that I have been desperate to read and now I’m desperate to tell you all about it too! I listened to a copy of The Split by Sharon Bolton which is out now alongside the ebook with the hardback due for release on 28th May. Many thanks to Alex Layt from Orion for my audiobook copy 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.
Tense, gripping and with a twist you won’t see coming, Sharon Bolton is back in an explosive new thriller about a woman on the run.
One of my most anticipated books of the year and it certainly didn’t disappoint! I’ve been loving my audiobooks during this lockdown as I’m up and out early every morning with my dog and listening to an audiobook is keeping me going when sometimes all I really want to do is turn around and run home, shutting myself away from the surreal village I now live in. And The Split certainly took my mind away from the quiet streets as I fell into this compelling psychological thriller.
Part one of The Split starts on the island of South Georgia as we meet Felicity who has chosen to escape to the island to work as a researcher, as she hides away from a stalker who is always searching for her. To be honest in part one I did take a while to get used to the narrator but by part two, I couldn’t imagine anyone else reading this gripping book as she captures the personalities and voices of the characters perfectly. It was in part two that everything came together for me with some shocking revelations and development of a plot that wasn’t going in quite the direction I thought it would!
Felicity was a complex character, her relationships with her work colleagues seemed strained with her not really opening up to them or being herself and there is someone else on the island who also seems to have a few secrets to hide from the small population that resides there. Once the plot steps back to Cambridge, things became clearer but also more muddled if that makes sense as more characters are introduced. I liked Joe but dear oh dear oh dear…”Joe…you are so NOT IN THE RIGHT JOB!” I wanted to climb inside the book and shout this at him many, MANY times! I mean, I took to him as he seems to be a good, honest person but he did annoy me as he seemed unable to see the signals that were flashing right before his eyes! The Cambridge settings really bought this part of the book alive for me though and I thoroughly enjoyed this part of The Split.
I was gripped, shocked and horrified by the twists and turns this book took. There are plenty of characters to love and to hate and a narrative that takes the reader through a wide range of emotions. I think listening to this rather than reading it really brought the shocks home to me as there were times I wanted to stick my fingers in my ears and sing loudly to block out what I knew was coming! This is definitely one of my favourite audiobooks of the year. Just loved it!
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.