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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Splintered by Thomas London is a humorous twist on an old fairy tale. We all know the story of Pinocchio, and we all know that he couldn’t lie. Now Pinocchio is a politician and he can’t tell the truth to save his life. Once upon a time, Pinocchio was a junior analyst and nobody took any notice of him. One fateful encounter leaves him with a label, “the last honest man in Washington,” and that label leads to him being a pawn in a corrupt political game. His marriage is falling apart and so is his family and, to save face, he tells a whopping lie, one that has a monumental effect on him. Now he is a puppet again and he has one week to break the spell or he will live the rest of his life as a piece of wood. He needs some serious help here and where else would you turn but to a talking insect and a drunk fairy?
Splintered by Thomas London made me giggle quite a lot. I remember the original fairy story but this one was so much better. It had a great plot with some wonderful twists in it. It appears to be a predictable story but somewhere along the line, things take a turn that sends the story in a completely different direction with a superb ending. Mr. London has drawn up some excellent characters here, and they fit the story perfectly. It is entertaining yet there is an undercurrent of political truth to the story. And it is one of those books that you can’t pace yourself with. Once you start reading, that’s it. You won’t put it down until you have finished and you will be wanting more, I can guarantee you that much. Excellent twist on an age-old fairy story, absolutely loved it.