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Reviewed by Jessica Jesinghaus for Readers' Favorite
In Splinter we are introduced to Adam, his devious and possibly abusive sister-slash-caretaker Ada, and Adam’s mental health provider, Dr. Vann. Adam’s past is shrouded in mystery; the only clearly known fact is that when he was a young child there was a tragic altercation involving Adam’s father and, as a result, Adam is now confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. Now an adult, Adam’s mental state is precarious, to say the least. His interactions with Dr. Vann are short, but within them we get a sense of how truly lost this young man is.
Sometimes in the midst of our crazy and hectic lives, we just need to sink our teeth into a morsel of a short story... Something to distract us from our day-to-day toil, but without the commitment of hundreds of pages. We just want a quick escape. Well, if you’re in that sort of a reading mood, look no further than Splinter by Michael Bussa, a deftly crafted psychological suspense short story that’s sure to surprise you in the final pages.
Michael Bussa exhibits an efficiency of prose in Splinter that not only conveys the nuts and bolts of the story, but still generates ample emotion. It’s the true mark of an excellent short story author when, after reading those final words, you want to flip back to the first page just to scrutinize the clues: Mr. Bussa accomplished this in spades! Splinter is a highly enjoyable and fast read, sure to please.