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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,739 ratings  ·  940 reviews
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 in The Split.

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 Feli
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Click! Click! Click! This is the sound of my fingers downloading or ordering this fantastic author’s previous books and this “BANG! BANG! BANG!” sound is coming from my head’s contact with the wall. Yes, I’m literally hitting my heavy head for waiting too long to devour those mind bending thrillers!

Split is my dreamy combination consists of an action-packed dark Nordic thriller-ish start, psychological, brain cell frying ( I plan to donate my brain after finishing this book because I decided it
Mary Beth
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Clever and Brilliant Stars

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 unt
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Bolton's latest psychological thriller drops the reader surprisingly in the magnificent Antarctic and the remote island of South Georgia. It might be an awe inspiring landscape but it is also deadly and forbidding, with its glaciers, ice, turbulent and stormy sea waters and dangerous melt-waters. Resident glaciologist, Dr Felicity Lloyd is part of a research team, currently pursuing a theory on plug holes and the draining of lake water. She is feeling the strain as she awaits the last cru ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

The setting for the first part of the novel, the Antarctic, specifically the island of South Georgia, is a character onto itself. Ms Bolton made me feel so in the moment while I was reading this. It definitely feels as though it transported me into a different place. Sounds corny, I know, but that’s how it felt. Here’s an example of the incredible descriptions of a scene while they were on ice, “The ice mountain leans towards them, gravity winning
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Split is an outstanding psychological thriller that is throbbing with suspense and suspicion. A past that is slowly uncloaked, revealing dark and horrific crimes that are haunting and driving alarming consequences in the present.
“Felicity crawls into the cupboard and wraps the duvet around her as she settles herself into the corner. She balances the pillow against the wall and goes to sleep. And finally, like the last trace of a dream, she remembers what the voice in her ear said
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

Lordy, what a great read this is! I am a mega Bolton fan, and Ms. Bolton has hit yet another one out of the ballpark. The Split is a twisty, eerie psychological thriller—vintage Bolton. I burned out on typical psychological thrillers years ago. You know, the ones that feature amnesia, missing children, abusive husbands, and traitorous friends and relatives. But Sharon Bolton never fails to weave an intricate different sort of tale in which she beautifully transports the reader to an unus
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5/375 stars rounded up

You can't hide from your secrets...

Felicity Lloyd is about breath a big sigh of relief when the remote Island of South Georgia is about to have its last boat of the summer. She has been anxiously searching the guest lists to make sure a certain name is not upon it. She lives in fear that her ex-husband, Freddie will find her. She is working on the remote island for two reasons 1. She loves what she does (she's a glaciologist) and 2. Freddie was just released from prison a
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you’re looking for a book to take you far away from the norm, this is it. Starting on South Georgia Island in the Antarctic, this book totally gets the atmosphere right. Founded as a whaling colony, abandoned in mid last century, it now exists as a science station and a tourist stop for the intrepid. Felicity is there as a glaciologist but also to escape her ex-husband, recently released from a prison term for murder. Now he’s come looking for her.
The book then flips back 9 months to Cambrid
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have a long list of books to read, carefully stacked in proper order. Then I get a book by Sharon Bolton. And all my plans go out the window, along with the list. Every single time.

But here comes the hard part….writing a review. If you’ve read her stuff before, you know you rarely end up where you thought you would & I’ve learned to go in with a healthy dose of paranoia. Her plots are like those puzzles with 1000 tiles…you never know which piece might change the whole picture. In fact, my tip
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The latest thriller from the talented Sharon Bolton takes us to South Georgia and Cambridge, England and two more diverse locations it’s hard to imagine! South Georgia is a harsh and unforgiving island and is where Felicity Lloyd, a glaciologist is working. She has run as far as she can from Freddie, recently released from HMP Durham and who to her terror, is on board the approaching ship Southern Star and so she prepares to flee once again. On the same ship are two police officers from Cambridg ...more
Holly  B
More of a 3.5 / Pretty good!

I really enjoyed the first half and the writing was on point. The Antarctica was setting was very atmospheric and unique. I can see why Bolton has so many fans, her writing really pulled me into the story and the mystery.

There are many questions and lots of guessing that kept me reading until the end. I felt this one was too long though! 400 pages

There are some chilling passages and I was guessing and hoping for that wow ending. I easily predicted what was going th
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This book is broken down into four parts and I will share my reading experience on all of them:

Part One: South Georgia

We find Felicity on the island of South Georgia just off the coast of Antarctica where she is studying glaciers for the next two years. She appears nervous and frightened whenever an incoming ship arrives. We know she is running from something or someone and she fears that something or someone is coming for her.

To be honest, I found Part One a little boring and I struggled to st
Diane S ☔
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the string where part of this takes place. South Georgia Island off the coast of the Antarctic, another cold weather draw for me. I sometimes wonder if I was an Eskimo in a previous life. Felicity is a glaciologist, a rather unique profession in fiction. These were the parts of the story I liked best.

Another part of the story takes place in Cambridge, and it is here where we see Felicity having blackouts, scared someone is breaking into her house when she is not there. There are also som
Maureen Carden
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 revi
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: NetGalley
Sharon Bolton is a terrific writer. I read The Craftsman last year and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

The Split has a different feel to it. It’s a stand-alone psychological thriller about a woman with memory loss on the run. Felicity Lloyd is a glaciologist and joins a team on St. George’s Island in the Antarctic. She has traveled as far away as possible to keep away from her ex-husband, Freddie, recently released from prison. Meanwhile her therapist from back home has decided to follow her to St.
Carolyn Walsh
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this riveting, engaging advance digital copy of The Split. Whenever there is a new psychological mystery by Sharon Bolton I neglect housework, activities, and it goes immediately to the list of next books to read. Her stand-alone novels, such as this one, have very different plots and moods. I knew I was in for an enjoyable and unique mystery with plenty of thrills. It provided me with an emotional impact.

I will mention some of the highlight
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm going to think about my star ratings for this one...I'll have a review closer to pub date but friends, I really hate to say I was disappointed with this one. I love Sharon Bolton's writing so much and I've NEVER had one of her mysteries figured out...until now. If you've read a lot of mysteries and thrillers you might also figure this out or if you have a background in psychology (I do). On the plus side, I was happy to see Bolton's pace setting short chapters were present ...more
Sharon Bolton has entered the building.

'Nuf said.....

Just when you think that Sharon Bolton has approached a story from every angle and from every mindset, she comes up with another remarkable setting and another remarkable storyline. This one grabs you from page one with magnificent descriptors of "the blue of liquid sapphires" located in the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. We'll be sitting tight hunkered down in the Antarctic Circle 900 miles from the Falkland Islands.

Bolton introduces us
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrific, tantalising, transforming: we see a wonderful person trapped mentally by her past, outstandingly successful career-wise in the present and afraid of a personal life in the future.
Sandra Hoover
Glaciologist Felicity Lloyd is a woman living on the edge. She's running from a past that includes an abusive ex-husband and shards of memory lost to her. Nightmares haunt her, voices taunt her, and her ex-husband is coming for her. Felicity has run as far as she can - to the remote Antarctic island of South Georgia. On one hand, she's living her dream as a member of a research team studying glaciers. On the other hand, she lives in fear of her ex and her secrets - especially the ones she hersel ...more
Another super suspenseful thriller from Sharon Bolton! And this one is set in the icy wilds of South Georgia, an island in the Southern Atlantic. However, first we meet a number of important characters in Cambridge where this tale begins:

Felicity Lloyd is a glaciologist, working for the British Antartic Survey carrying out research on the annual melting of the glaciers. Before she left Cambridge for South Georgia, she was convinced someone was stalking her and coming to kill her. Now she feels s
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Bolton never fails to make your imagination run wild ... and this one was no different. The book is broke out in 4 parts. The chapters are short and the pace was for the most part on point.

In Part 1 we get to know Felicity Lloyd and her dedicated work as a glaciologist along with a small reasearch team. The setting is on the South Georgia Islands between Falklands and Antarctia. Can you get any further out? She went as far as she could to try and disappear from ... him. You can feel her
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Sharon Bolton has recently become one of my favorite authors - her books are always atmospheric, eerie, and darkly twisted - all elements that I love in a psychological thriller. I have to say though (and I think I am in the minority here), that I did not love this one.

It still had all of the elements that I love - atmospheric setting (it is set on the South Georgia Island, halfway between the Antarctic mainland and the Falklands), and it is one hundred percent eerie and darkly twisted. The bigg
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a striking cover and enticing premise, Bolton's latest certainly captured my itch for something cold and wintery.

The story opens with glaciologist Felicity Lloyd embarking on a new role on the South Georgia island close to the Antarctic.
Her simple plan was to escape her past. But once she learns that husband Freddie has served his time and she becomes more anxious with each tourist boat that docks.

Bolton brilliantly describes the claustrophobia on residing on a small island and the felling
I absolutely love Sharon Bolton and I have loved all of her books that I've read to date, and The Split was no different. I could NOT put it down and I read almost the entire thing in one sitting!

It turns out that I had a lot of the book figured out, but that didn't take away from how much I enjoyed it. Much of the book, especially the parts in South Georgia, were seriously atmospheric and I was so fascinated with that setting. It makes me wonder what made Bolton choose it and how she knew about
Felicity Lloyd works on the remote island of South Georgia in Antarctica studying glaciers. While that's her profession, her location is not an accident. She's gone as far away from her home in Cambridge as possible to escape her ex-husband, Freddie, whom she knows is methodically hunting her down. Meanwhile, back in Cambridge, there are people--including a doctor--whom are looking into Felicity and Freddie's twisted relationship. And it may bring all of them into a shocking confrontation in Sou ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Big Sharon Bolton fan here! The Split was a book high on my radar for 2020 and it did not disappoint. A psychological thriller partly set in Antartica? What? It is creepy, thrilling and crazy.. all things that I love in a story. In the beginning I wasn’t sure about it if I am honest. But once it got to the second part of the book I was hooked. By the end I could not put it down... such a twisty and surprising read.

Felicity Lloyd is a glaciologist and has accepted a job as far away from her home
THE SPLIT is a psychological thriller by Sharon J. Bolton. This setting for this novel is based in Cambridge, England, and the remote Antarctic island of South Georgia.

Felicity Lloyd, (Flick) world expert glaciologist and professional diver, twenty-eight years old, is set to sail to the remote island of South Georgia in the Antarctic Circle, where she will spend two years studying the formation and movement of glaciers. Her and her partner, Jack both work for the BAS (British Antarctic Survey).
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, netgalley
2.5 stars
Out of my love for this author I will only say that this was a big disappointment for me and I struggled to get through it. It almost felt like a different author entirely.

They all can’t be 5 stars....

ARC provided by NetGalley
Rating: 5 icicle stars

Sharon Bolton’s latest book, “The Split” is a taut psychological thriller told in alternating timelines. It is a stellar book that kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. I kept second-guessing myself about what I thought was REALLY going on. It’s one of those kind of books that just when you think you have it figured out, a new wrinkle is thrown in that makes you re-think your premises. You know. The perfect kind of book.

Felicity Lloyd is on a scientific assignment at
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Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.

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