Read February 4, 2016
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I’ve noticed a trend lately when it comes to recent books I’ve read: chapters titled by main characters. Started with Gone Girl; probably well before then. When I read a mystery/suspense novel there’s a reason – I want to be kept guessing. Being put into the minds of the main characters kind of takes that away. I want my mind worked, not the information fed to me where the only suspense is how it ends. I’ve been trying to stay away from those since.

When I first started reading Kelly Miller’s Splintered, I will admit I was at first disappointed to see her taking the same route. While the whodunit and why was clear as day, I wasn’t about to give up on it – she had never failed me before. The story was intriguing and original, relatable and well-drawn characters, and current to today’s horrors and struggles. She masterfully explored the inner workings of sadism, their intended prey, and the people involved in their lives. She hit every topic that is important to me, and didn’t just mention it, but went into just enough detail to say she knew what she was writing about. When I reached the end of the book, I am happy to say that I didn’t feel let down. Not everyone can pull this formula off; Kelly Miller is definitely one of the few that can.

Well done, Kelly. Look forward to your next release.

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