The Split

Atria. Feb. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781668022474. $27. THRILLER
“Plain” Jane Connor has returned to her Connecticut hometown to spend time with her mother, now living in an assisted-living facility. Jane and her younger, enigmatic sister Esme have never had a close relationship, but when Esme, in Manhattan, calls for help on a fateful night, Jane faces a life-changing decision: whether or not to drive to her sister’s rescue in a storm that conjures traumatic memories of her past. And thus, the story is split in two, where separate plotlines lay out the consequences of each decision. In one reality, Esme returns to their childhood home with Jane, and tensions are thick from Esme’s furtive goings-on. In the other, Jane is deterred by the storm, and soon after Esme goes missing. In both, Jane attempts to understand her sister by untangling the intricacies of Esme’s life while bringing family secrets to light.
VERDICT This is two thrillers in one, and readers will be enthralled with both. YA thriller author Frick (The Reunion), making her adult debut, expertly demonstrates how one decision can change a life, and how, despite those decisions, some things, and some people, remain the same.
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