© 2002 by Tara Moss
ISBN 0-8439-5643-7Dorchester Publishing, New York
Reviewed by Lesley Ann Smith, January 2012.
This is the second book by Tara Moss and the second of the Makedde Vanderwall books.Recently returned to Canada from Australia, Mak is continuing her studies in forensic psychology. She is plagued by nightmares of her encounter with a serial killer in the first book, Fetish. Several girls go missing from the university where Mak is studying and their bodies are discovered in a nearby forest. Mak seems to have an inbuilt attraction to danger that she can’t escape.
She’s also attracted to Detective Andy Flynn who rescued her from the serial killer in Fetish. Andy is in Canada for training with the FBI and is assigned to case of the murdered students. Andy tries to warn Mak but she avoids him and her feelings for him and is plunged into danger.Split is a pacy psychological thriller with a satisfying romance subplot. The characters are authentic and the emotional pathologies ring true. The protagonists are empathetic and keep the reader’s interest. The danger and suspense are vivid and sustained to the end of the story.
Split was shortlisted for the 2003 Davitt Award for Best Australian Crime Novel.
Tara Moss is a multi-published author and information on her other books can be found at her website. http://www.taramoss.com/novels/index.php
This review has been written as part of WInk Girl’s commitment to the 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Australian-Women-Writers/176862202396763http://www.australianwomenwriters.com/p/australian-women-writers-book-challenge_25.html