In the book Splinter by Sasha Dawn, we enter the mind of teenager Sami Lang. Her mom has been missing for 10 years, and everyone believes her to be dead. Sami is an ordinary teenager, which makes her easy to relate to. She, like many girls, wants her mother to be there for her, not somewhere else with some other family. I think the way Sami was portrayed made her an amazing protagonist. She was very curious, which is vital in a mystery book. She is also very stubborn and wouldn’t leave until she’s got all the important facts.
All of the abrupt plot twists kept me on my toes. Though many of the details seemed irrelevant, they all came together at the end like a beautiful puzzle. Dawn wrote with such precision, skill, and beauty.
The reveal at the end surprised me like I would guess it surprised everyone else.
The message I got from this book was holding on to those you love. Sami began to doubt her family and friends as the story progressed but came to realize that if you can’t trust the ones who love you the most, you can’t trust anyone.
The book was very exciting, and I would highly recommend it to teenagers who like a good mystery with lots of suspense and heart-stopping realizations.