SPLINTER BY SASHA DAWN
Standalone. Young Adult Thriller.
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Sami hasn't seen her mother in ten years—and neither has anyone else. The police suspect Sami's father had something to do with her mom's disappearance, but Sami's never believed that. Her mother chose to abandon her and start a new life. It's that simple.
But now, evidence has emerged about another missing woman who used to be involved with Sami's dad. Coincidence—or evidence that the cops have been right all along?
As Sami investigates, she's forced to question everything she thought she knew about the dad who's always been there for her and the mother who supposedly abandoned her. And if her dad didn't kill her mother, what did happen?
There seems to be some confusion on the release date of this book. Amazon says the kindle version will be available on January 1, while goodreads and even netgalley says March 1. But, I am going to go with amazon on this one and say January 1.
With that being said, this is a really good YA thriller novel. I was pretty much glued to the pages all the way through until the end and I was unable to figure out the mystery that is involved in the story. Towards the end when all the pieces finally come into play and we do figure out what happened, I was shocked! So expect the unexpected because you will not guess "who dun it".
This story is about a girl named Sami whose mother went missing 10 years ago. To Sami, her mother just abandoned her but others (like the police) think that something more sinister has happened. This is because there has been no trace of her since she has been missing save for a few post cards here and there (anyone can send postcards though). So the case stays open because so many questions remain: Is Sami's mom alive? Is she dead? What happened? The number one suspect has always been Sami's father, but because officers can't place him at the scene or even find any clues or forensic stuff to link him to her disappearance, he stays out a free man. Sami of course doesn't think that her father had anything to do with it, but then again, the secrets he keeps and prior issues in his life leads her and everyone else to wonder... Did he do it?
Overall, this is a great story with a well rounded plot and interesting characters. However, I have to admit that the entire police investigation that goes on throughout the entire book got under my skin a little bit, and here's why. Sami is underage and the police seem to have no problem just showing up at her house and asking her questions whenever they need too. This also occurs whether she has a parent or guardian around or not. To me, this makes the story a little unbelievable because this wouldn't fly in the real world. And, because I like my stories to be as believable as possible, I had to downgrade my rating because of it. Other than this though, I would definitely recommend the book to fellow readers ESPECIALLY if you enjoy young adult novels and mystery or thrillers.