by Kelly Miller
Summary: Life turns from barely tolerable to complete hell when Maddy Eastin’s impulsive plan to win back the attention of her absentee father backfires. Word of her scheme spreads through her high school, but when mockery escalates to cyberbullying, Maddy and her failed stunt become headline news. But the worst is yet to come…
A disturbed man is fighting the overwhelming urge to surrender to his true nature—a moral code molded by a sadistic father who taught him that a girl needs proper training to become the perfect subservient woman. As he watches Maddy on the evening news, his already fractured psyche completely splinters. She’s the girl he’s been waiting for.
When Maddy disappears, she’s labeled a runaway even though her mother believes it was foul play. Will the two detectives investigating Maddy’s disappearance find her before it’s too late? Or has she already fallen prey to the vicious stranger hunting her?
This mystery/psychological thriller unfolds through the viewpoints of five deeply flawed characters. Each is on their own emotionally charged journey that ultimately intersects in a collision course of devastating consequences.
Source: I received a digital copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Splintered began with Maddie and her fake tale of an almost abduction. The book featured her POV, along with her mom, mom’s ex best friend, the police officer assigned to her case, and another character who would later become a problem. Maddie’s lie spiraled out of control and made her mom question her ability to parent. What began as a glimpse into the lives of the characters quickly turned into a mystery as Maddie’s disappeared without a trace, fairly undetected due to her “cry wolf” incident at the beginning.
Like any other fairly contemporary mystery novel you’d find on the shelves of Target and maybe on Lifetime, the story was complex, griping, and involved multiple perspectives that lead up to one major event. Splintered took place in the Tampa area of Florida, which was nice because I know the area quite well as my husband is originally from there and we visit often.
The book is certainly a great book to pick up when the mood strikes you and you are looking for an enjoyable mystery that is also heavily character based, like many of the Gone Girl-esque novels are. It was great, as well as fairly short with a full story arc. It doesn’t waste time with unnecessary scenes or characters and remains on track, making it perfectly satisfying for a short read! I would compare it to The Good Girl and Reconstructing Amelia, and I would say it’s one of those books you might grab when you’re looking for something to escape into.