*I was sent this book free of charge so I could read it and create this review*
I thoroughly enjoyed Splintered by Kelly Miller. This thriller is told from five characters viewpoints. Fast paced storytelling combined with short chapters made it easy to read, even in short bursts of time. Ideal for a working mom like me!
A teenage girl makes up a story about an attempted abduction in hopes to win back her father's affections. Her mother is emotionally absent and as a result the young girl doesn't have anywhere to turn when the story gets out that she lied for attention.
A young man was raised by an abusive father who abducted young girls to "play with" at his whim. He now feels his ability to restrain those feelings in himself crumbling. Enter the young teenager on the news who lied about an abduction attempt.
The teenage girl does disappear not even a week later, but police label her a runaway, due to her home situation and lies about a previous abduction. Can she survive until someone finds her? Will the young man become his father?
I found it took the book a little while to create the suspense required for a thriller. The backstory was very well fleshed out, but by halfway through the book I started wondering where the "real" conflict is - what kind of climax was likely to happen and when.
The book did not disappoint. Once the pace picked up and the stories of all the characters began to come together I had a hard time putting the book down! And after finishing the story I wanted to find other titles by this author. I really enjoyed this story and all the characters involved.