In a Split Second

In a Split Second

Sophie McKenzie / Feb 21, 2020

In a Split Second Two lives One explosive moment And a secret that could end it all A riveting romantic thriller from the author of Girl Missing Charlie s life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market Mon

  • Title: In a Split Second
  • Author: Sophie McKenzie
  • ISBN: 9781481413947
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two lives One explosive moment And a secret that could end it all A riveting, romantic thriller from the author of Girl, Missing.Charlie s life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market Months later, she meets Nat, whose family was devastated by the same explosion But as Charlie gets closer to Nat she uncovers secrets and a whole cast of shady charactersTwo lives One explosive moment And a secret that could end it all A riveting, romantic thriller from the author of Girl, Missing.Charlie s life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market Months later, she meets Nat, whose family was devastated by the same explosion But as Charlie gets closer to Nat she uncovers secrets and a whole cast of shady characters that lead her to believe Nat knows about the attack than he is letting on In a Split Second is a breathtaking thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.

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      • Sophie McKenzie

        Hey there Welcome to my page where you can keep up with all my stories both the ones that are already published and the works in progress I write mostly thrillers though I have done some teen romance stories too.I m really excited right now because ofClose My Eyes which is my first psychological thriller for adult readers pub May 2013, UK, July 2013, US Split Second my new teen thriller for Autumn 2013 UK The Flynn teen romance series which started with Falling Fast and Burning Bright and continues with Casting Shadows pub July 2013, UK For info on these and my other books, check out my website sophiemckenziebooks


    699 Comments

    1. Maybe I wasn't as sharp as this when I was younger, and within the actual age category this is aimed at, but at 24 I called the bad guy straight away, long before the reveal. I have proof, because I was reading the first couple of chapters aloud to a friend at the time.There were a couple of twists I didn't call, and I was quite entertained. I've read Sophie McKenzie before and the blurb was interesting, so my decision and the book title went pretty much hand in hand.The real downfall of the boo [...]


    2. 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 is bound to capture my attention and I was immediately hooked into the story. The subsequent bomb blast changes both Nat and Charlie's lives forever and links them together in a desperate need for answers and revenge.This is a really hard book to review because I want to shout from the rooftops about how amazing it is [...]



    3. Read this review and many more at To Another WorldI buddy read this with Georgia, and there are so many words to describe this book; powerful, heart-breaking, thought-provoking. A beautiful thriller with an added romance. I was hooked from the fast-paced prologue that introduced characters and was full of action.I loved the characters. Charlie, though she annoyed me to begin with, was misunderstood by her family (and me, for a while!) and as she developed she became a beautiful character I could [...]


    4. ***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 soci [...]


    5. Though this is not my usual genre (political) it was still on my list of books to read for a while. At first I was skeptical of this book – but I was wrong to be. The action started from the very first page when Nat (one of the main characters) is running through a crowded market trying to locate a bomb due to detonate in 3 minutes.The book follows two main characters – Charlie and Nat as they meet in unlikely circumstances and begin to work for a secret organisation together. With Governmen [...]


    6. This book was very intriguing and was a fast paced book with lots of actions and cliffhangers. It was easy to read and kept me reading without knowing what to going to happen next. It left on a cliffhanger which made me intrigued to read the next book.


    7. I really enjoyed this book because there was a lot of suspense and it was really interesting. I couldn't put the book down.


    8. This is one of my favourite books because it is so captivating and exciting. I recommend this book because of the mystery within it.



    9. Split Second by Sophie McKenzie was a really good book. At first I didn’t quite follow the story, but after I got to the third chapter, I understood that it was coming from two different points of view from two different people. I thought the book was great. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept my attention throughout the whole book. The book started in the middle of the action. One of the main characters named Nat found something on his brother’s phone. Being curious, he follo [...]


    10. This review was originally written for my blog, Pen to Paper.I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of Split Second - I believed, even before I started it, that I wouldn't like it. I was simply reading it because it was my YA Book Club's choice for the month (that and I had a free copy for review). This skepticism came from having read one of Sophie's books before. This book was Girl, Missing, and although it was about 3 years ago that I read it, it remains with me, and not for entirely c [...]


    11. I recommend this book because it is action packed and describes the characters feelings throughout the book without giving too much away.


    12. In a Split Second is billed as a thriller -- and it is -- if you can suspend some disbelief and just have fun with it. It is also supposed to be a "romantic thriller," and while there is a romance building, it's not a central theme.Charlie's mother was killed in a terrorist bombing in London. A very poor, future London where the economy has been decimated and the public has lost all trust in the government. Charlie ends up living with her aunt and uncle who are very rich, and much better off tha [...]


    13. School Library Journal (01/01/2015):Gr 9 Up--Nat and Charlie are present at an outdoor market on the afternoon a bomb goes off. Nat knows the bombing is coming and, after reading an incriminating text, hopes to stop his brother Lucas from involvement; Charlie knows nothing more than annoyance that her mother won't consent to her wish for a tattoo. Both are never the same after that fateful day in this near-future London when a racist, extremist group called the Iron Hand, which blames the bleak [...]


    14. great book but i think it'd be even better as a movie. i'd love to see this turned into a series on the big screen!



    15. To say I was disapppointed by this book would be an understatement. As a disclosure, I don't actually know what age range this book was aimed at, and at 19 I'm guessing I may be slightly out?Regardless, I started reading this book and for the first few chapters I was really enjoying it. And then everything with the League of Iron started happening and to be frank, it got very ridiculous and unrealistic, and I almost instantly called the bad guy. Whether I've read too many books with the same sor [...]


    16. When a terrorist bombing occurs in a London market, Charlie’s life is turned upside down. After months of trying to get by, she meets Nat, whose family has been torn apart by the same explosion. However as Charlie becomes closer with Nat, she begins to speculate if he knows more about the event than he’s said.Okay, anyone who's a sucker for action and having to cancel your plans for the day just to complete a book, this is the one for you. It's a simple read and is easy to follow, which is a [...]


    17. Exciting young adult novel. Nat and Charlie find themselves being recruited by an underground group who are determined to get to the bottom of random bombings in and round London. Nat's brother was injured in the latest bombing and Charlie's mother was killed so they both have reasons to find the culprits.




    18. probably the worst book i have ever read. i hate the characters; they're obnoxious and annoying, the plot is so predictable and overall, a horrible book. i DO NOT recommend it.


    19. This book is very interesting, but be warned, there are MINOR spoilers ahead. The first interesting thing that happens in this book, which I have not read in any other book, is that it flips perspectives. What I mean by this is that it switches your point of view between the two main characters at random points. One character might have 1 page of their view, then the other will have 5, then back to the first with 6, and to the next with 2. The two main characters that we follow throughout the st [...]


    20. I picked up this book because I received an advanced reading copy of the sequel from NetGalley and thought I should probably read the first in the series before I try to review the second.Split Second is a YA book set in the near future when the Government’s austerity measures are destroying Britain, leading to social unrest and terrorism. It’s very similar in tone and themes to much of the other YA fiction which is around at the moment, with teenagers teaming up to take violent action to ch [...]


    21. This book had a lot of potential: set in the near future where a right-wing extremist group are creating terror across the UK, blaming immigrants for economic problems. (view spoiler)[ Charlie loses her mother to a bomb within the first few pages of the book(hide spoiler)] meaning she moves to live with her aunt, and eventually to another set of relatives. Meanwhile, the other main character (Nat)'s brother falls into a coma (view spoiler)[ after the same bomb attack that killed Charlie's mother [...]


    22. This review is also on my blog: bonfirebooks.wordpress/201First of all, I wouldn’t exactly call this book an “action-packed thriller” at all. The opening was promising with an immediate intense scene leaving the reader gripped and willing to turn the page. But after this I found that the plot moved slowly and was very straight forward. The two characters love story was incredibly cliqued and didn’t feel original or particularly real; I also didn’t connect to them in a way that made me [...]


    23. This book.Let, me, tell, you. Is one that you are not going to want to miss.So in this book, we have to protagonists, and through out the entirety of the book, we get to know what both the main characters Nat & Charlie's thoughts, feelings, and just their complete mindset and outlook on the world they live in.It starts of so fast paced in Nat's narrative with him trying to find his brother Lucas, because he's seen that his brother has gone somewhere, where a bomb set to explode. Whilst doing [...]


    24. Having read and very much enjoyed some of McKenzie's other books (namely the "Girl Missing" series), I had high hopes for this book. So when I read it, I was very disappointed. Virtually indistinguishable from many other dystopian YA books out there, it was full of clichés and very predictable plot "twists". It felt very hastily written, like McKenzie's heart wasn't really in it. Charlie and Nat were rather irritating, waily characters, and I spent half the book waiting for the inevitable roman [...]


    25. Sophie McKenzie is one of my favourite British authors and 'Split Second' is one of the best books I've read by her so far. It had an extremely engaging narrative which thoroughly immersed me in the story. I finished this book in one sitting and found it utterly gripping.McKenzie has cleverly taken themes which are relevant today and woven them into the book. For example, the age of austerity, budget cuts and unemployment all factor but she has imagined what would happen in the future if these t [...]


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