Split Second – book review

Split Second by Sophie McKenzie

Split Second is the first thrilling book in its series, written by Sophie McKenzie.

After the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat are drawn together. The pair seems to have a lot in common. However, the closer Charlie gets to Nat and his family, the more she begins to wonder if he knows more about the attack then he lets on. As their courage and loyalties will be tested to the limit, Charlie and Nat must work together to find out the truth.

This book has a fantastic storyline. I was grabbed from the very beginning; it was explosive. Literally and metaphorically. The fast-pace of this book made me unable to put it down. I completely loved everything that went on in the story and the pacing was perfect. There wasn’t one part of the entire book that was boring or hard to get through. I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time and didn’t want to stop reading for anything! I enjoyed reading from the two different points of views: Charlie’s and Nat’s. Their voices were so distinctive and I felt the two different points of view worked perfectly for the story.
I had mixed feelings about the characters at first. I didn’t know whether I liked them and Charlie annoyed me in the beginning. She was misunderstood by her family and, like them, I found it a little hard to understand her too. But as the book progressed, I started to empathise with her and seem to connect with her. I loved her attitude towards things and her desperate need for revenge.
I really loved Nat as a character. He was complicated, but that’s what I liked most about him. His flaws made him all the more believable. He was a very interesting person to get to know and I loved watching the relationship between him and Charlie develop. They had to learn to trust each other and I loved watching them work together. Both Charlie and Nat wanted the same thing, but their vivid personalities meant that I always knew whose point of view I was reading from. I didn’t fall in love with the characters and I didn’t swoon over Nat, but towards the end of the book I realised that I would be upset if something terrible happened to either of them.
I know some other people who have read this book and they thought that the ending was too predictable. As I’ve said before, I’m a very gullible reader and will believe almost anything that the point of view character tells me. I wasn’t expecting the ending and it suddenly made everything come together perfectly. I loved all of the twists in the story and I also loved how nothing was really as it seemed. This book was utterly thrilling and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book! I’d give Split Second by Sophie McKenzie a score of 8.5 out of 10. I’m looking forward to reading the next book soon!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!