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Split Second [Kindle Edition]

Sophie McKenzie
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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A heart-stopping YA thriller, from the author of the award-winning Girl, Missing and Close My Eyes . . .
Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.

About the Author

Sophie is the award-winning author of a range of teen thrillers, including the Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me), Blood Ties and Blood Ransom and the Medusa Project series. She has also written two romance series: the Luke and Eve books and the Flynn series, which starts with the novel Falling Fast. Split Second is her first teen stand-alone novel in seven years. Sophie's first novel for adults is the psychological thriller Close My Eyes. More details here: And here: Twitter: @sophiemckenzie_

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471115976
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHEL37I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'An author whose profile is sky-high,' Sophie is the author of the award-winning YA Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me) as well as over fifteen other YA novels. Her latest book for adults - the acclaimed Trust in Me - follows hard on the heels of best-selling Close My Eyes. Her latest book for teens, Every Second Counts, was the follow-up to the exciting Split Second.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive! 12 Sept. 2013
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Originally posted on Serendipity Reviews.

Only one word to describe this book - EXPLOSIVE!

From the very first couple of sentences you are hit by an almighty panic, catapulting you through the story to find out why one of you main characters is frantically searching for a bomb. This book has been glued to my hands for the past couple of days as I nervously jumped between the dual narratives of Charlie and Nat as one moment in time alters their live for ever, as well as tying them together for eternity.

I loved the way the relationship developed between Nat and Charlie. I was also really pleased to discover that Charlie stood out as the stronger character of the two; she was more focused and in control of her emotions than Nat, who was more likely to suffer with doubts. I wondered if that was because Charlie had suffered a lot more than Nat, making him a little more wary, where as Charlie had a score to settle.

The plot keeps you on your toes through the book. It's actually like being on a high speed train, heading to an unknown and dangerous destination. You think you are going to take one route and then the author switches tracks. The writing is sharp and tight. Each chapter often not more than a couple of pages long,but grabbing your attention and pushing you further into the story.

I think Sophie McKenzie has done an excellent job of creating a realistic story of what could happen in our country - it almost had an eerie premonistic feel to it, in the same way George Orwell's 1984 did. A gritty, thrilling and fast paced novel that makes you worried about the future - I just hope our country has the sense to pull back before we end up living like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So many twists and turns... 15 Jan. 2015
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Sophie McKenzie has an amazing talent for writing action packed YA thrillers that are simply impossible to put down. Split Second was no exception.

There was a high level of dystopian content which was done well, in that you weren’t bogged down with endless details at the very beginning. It was partly due to the fact it closely resembled the world we live in today but where society has changed drastically as a response to budget cuts and unemployment. You could clearly see the parallels, which was interesting; but I didn’t get the sense that the book was designed to make you think about your own life, any more than it was a story to enjoy.

It’s told through a dual narrative with Charlie and Nat as the main protagonists and narrators. Something that often stumps authors is writing the voices so they’re easily distinguishable, but after reading her other series The Medusa Project I already knew McKenzie could do it. Once again I was right. Both characters were very different, but their strengths complimented the others weaknesses. I particularly loved Charlie’s bad-ass character, though it didn’t stop her getting into a few close scrapes…

There were so many twists and turns with regards to just about everything, it was hard to keep up so if that’s your type of thing (like it is mine) you should definitely pick this book up!

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By Tahlia
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I don’t really know how to go about writing this review as I generally like the books that I read, but this book just didn’t really do it for me and I can’t quite put my finger on why exactly. But I think the thing that stood out to me the most was that I didn’t particularly warm to the main characters of the book- Charlie and Nat, as I felt that they didn’t have huge depth that I really appreciate in a novel. I felt that the characters were slightly superficial as Charlie was that girl that refused to wear makeup and was rebellious and Nate was mysterious yet really a nice sensitive guy underneath and I felt that there was nothing really unique in them. Despite this I didn’t dislike the characters but didn’t love them either.

There was also a lack of mystery in the book, which it was meant to supply, as I could call the bad guys out from a mile away before the big revelations came in the book. Therefore I felt that if I was able to pick up signs of who the bad guys were Charlie and Nat should’ve been able to as well. Although the book was obviously fiction the plot seemed completely far-fetched to me which is probably why I couldn’t really get into it. I personally didn’t see how joining a terrorist group was the best way to go about stopping another terrorist group.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 May 2014
By Eleanor
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the twist in the book which I found really exciting. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 16 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gripping, exciting and all round brilliant, just as amazing as all the other books Sophie McKenzie has written over the years
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 21 April 2014
Nat first saw Charlie long before she ever saw him. He saw her on the worst day of their lives, when a London bombing put Nat’s brother in a coma, and killed Charlie’s mum. When Charlie moves in with her uncle and attends the local private school, it is her turn to see Nat. She hits it off with his sister and as they get closer, Nat seems to get more standoffish. On the surface it seems as though Nat and Charlie would have a lot in common, but as Charlie’s curiosity gets the better of her she starts to realise that maybe Nat knows more about that day than he lets on.

What follows next neither of them could see coming. And maybe both of them are wrong about what really happened that day.

Split Second is action-packed and a taut YA thriller. I couldn’t put this book down and my mind raced to try and figure out what would happen next.

There isn’t a great deal I can say about this book and I feel it’s on of those you just have to take on faith. Anything said about this book could give too much away and all the little things revealed not mean as much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I read it on the edge of my seat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A great read and on the edge of your seat. Could not put it down
Published 6 days ago by D. A. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed
couldn't stop reading! can't wait for the sequel, every second counts. i love reading sophie McKenzie books as they are gripping and heart warming.
Published 18 days ago by Lovecampers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Delivered on the exact day no problems book in good codition
Published 22 days ago by Barry L.
4.0 out of 5 stars spoiler...
I like this book a lot more than I had expected. The way it was set between two different characters was a little confusing but I got there in the end. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Tabitha Easey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Really tense book with lots of plot twists which makes it all the more interesting. I recommend this and it is one of the best Sophie McKenzie books I have read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Lorraine Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley amazing book i loved every second of it
Absolutley amazing book i loved every second of it. Soplie Mckenzie is a brilliant author and i love all her books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Split Second
Split Second is non-stop action from the very first page. Any book that opens with one of the main characters running through a busy London market trying to stop a terrorist attack... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
5.0 out of 5 stars PAge turning
Amazing story that always leaves you wanting to learn more. It's filled with thrills and surprises and though mainly consisting of action does have a love story within it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
It was a very gripping book with an amazing storyline. Couldn't put it down. Definitely get this book at the earliest possible moment.
Published 5 months ago by am1098
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Very mysterious and gripping. You don't know who to trust!! However it is not as good as her other book Blood Ties xx
Published 5 months ago by Katie Mann
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