MYSTERY

The Split

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250300058. $27.99. SUSPENSE
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British scientist Felicity Lloyd studies icebergs on South Georgia Island, off the coast of Antarctica. She lives in fear that her husband, Freddie, will find her, and when she sees his name on the passenger manifest of an incoming ship, she heads to a remote outpost of the island. The story then moves to Cambridge, nine months earlier, where Felicity meets with a therapist, Joe Grant. She needs a clean bill of mental health in order to take her dream job, but he’s concerned about what she describes as episodes of missing time and her fear that someone is stalking her. Dr. Grant does outreach with the local homeless population and something about Felicity’s stalker sounds familiar. Homeless people are disappearing, being attacked, and, in some cases, killed. Back in the present, Felicity is fighting for her life, pursued by Freddie on an unstable glacier as Joe and his police officer mother give chase.
VERDICT Readers will tear through Bolton’s (The Craftsman) latest to find out how the disparate threads connect. While the plot resolves tidily, some readers may be unsettled by the fact that Felicity and Joe are romantically involved after she is his patient. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]

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