Splinter by Sasha Dawn (4 out of 5)
This is a good old fashioned romp for the young adult set. The book isn’t out yet; sometime in March, and brought to us by the folks at Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Books. This doesn’t fall into dystopian, nor psychological, nor any newfangled sub-genre. It’s a straight up mystery. And that is quite refreshing in a market full of hundreds if the other ones I named. The back of the advance makes it seem as if it is a psychspense (my made up word for psychological suspense), but nope.
Sami’s mom disappeared ten years ago. Foul play? Abandonment? Some think she ditched out on Sami and her husband, because Sami receives postcards from her here and there. The authorities believe her dad had something to do with her disappearance. Now some new evidence points more to that theory when a woman her dad was involved with ALSO disappears. What the hell is going on here? Sami is torn in two. Her dad has always moved heaven and earth for her, and now this? Sami sets out to do the hardest thing she’s ever done, either she finds out her role model isn’t who she thought, or she tries to find the mother who should have been there for her. Sami is written as a great young lady with steely determination who is going to find out what the real story is, whether she likes it or not. And the twists and turns? No predictability here… no idea what is going on until the author masterfully wraps it up. A truly moving and suspense-filled hell of a book.