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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 characters that lead her to believe Nat knows more 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.

About The Author

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Sophie McKenzie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son. She has worked as a journalist and a magazine editor, and now writes full time. She has tallied up numerous award wins and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2015)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481413961
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 670L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

“Sophie's thrillers are brilliant, you never know what's on the next page and you can't stop reading until you find out.”

– Robert Muchamore, author of the Cherub series

“A terrifying, fast-paced thriller that you won’t be able to put down.”

– Teen Now, four-star review

"Split Second is a rollercoaster of a read, full of twists and turns and betrayals"

– The Book Bag

"Had me completely hooked from the first to the last page"

– Kirsty, Overflowing Library (on Good Reads), four stars

"EXPLOSIVE!…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 almost had an eerie premonistic feel to it, in the same way George Orwell’s 1984 did. A gritty, thrilling and fast paced novel.”

– Serendipity Reviews

"Sophie McKenzie has her finger on the pulse of a future that is all too plausible…It just does not let up, & I found myself devouring it.”

– ShrinAlpa (Blogger, also children’s bookseller for Waterstones Northallerton)

"This political whodunit...boasts more than a dash of romance and plenty of action. The result is something of a cross between Pnina Moed Kass’ Real Time and Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB series."

– Booklist

McKenzie’s fast-paced a gripping read...Readers may find themselves binge reading to the end."


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