ARC Review: The Split by Laura Kay

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Brutally dumped by her girlfriend, Ally is homeless, friendless and jobless… but at least she has Malcolm. Wounded and betrayed, Ally has made off with the one thing she thinks might soothe the pain: Emily’s cat. 

After a long train journey she arrives home to her dad in Sheffield, ready to fold herself up in her duvet and remain on the sofa for the foreseeable. Her dad has other ideas. A phone call later, and Ally is reunited with her first ever beard and friend of old, Jeremy. He too is broken-hearted and living at home again. 

In an inspired effort to hold each other up, the pair decide to sign up for the local half marathon in a bid to impress their exes with their commitment and athleticism. 

Given neither of them can run, they enlist the support of athletic, not to mention beautiful, Jo. But will she have them running for the hills… or will their ridiculous plan pay off…?


What a great debut novel and such an enjoyable and funny read.  Ally has lost her job and then been unceremoniously dumped by her girlfriend.  In an attempt to re-group and build her life back up she moves to live with her dad in her old family home.  Completely heartbroken and unsure what to do she re-kindles her friendship with her childhood friend Jeremy over tea and copious amounts of cake.  Jeremy is going through a similar ordeal and in a moment of madness they decide to sign up for a half marathon to shake themselves out of their slump.

The book is not a typical romance as such, but more about the exploration of relationships and in fact the story mainly centres around Jeremy and Ally’s friendship.  They have strong and supportive bond and perfectly compliment each other.  I enjoyed their banter and some of their drunken text messages made me laugh out loud. As did the over-the-top and crazy emails Ally sent to Emily, her ex.

The side characters are wonderful too and Malcolm, the cat, completely stole my heart, he’s such a grumpy old loveable kitty and played a starring role having initially been ‘kidnapped’ in an attempt to gain Emily’s attention.  Ally’s dad is a wonderful sympathetic character, he’s extremely supportive but not afraid to say what he thinks.  He was certainly not happy about Ally moping around the house and with some encouragement soon put her back on the right track.  My favourite character, however, is definitely Jeremy, he’s so sweet, caring and funny, I adored him. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary fiction with a sprinkling of romance and comedy.  It is full of likeable characters and lots of fun food references, particularly cake!  The pacing is good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the half marathon training, I could really relate to this having run quite a few myself in the past.  A lovely story which is light and quick to read and guaranteed tol have you smiling and laughing.  I will definitely be reaching for this author’s work again and I am intrigued to see what she will come up with next.

Publisher: Querus
Publication Dates (UK):
eBook – 22 February 2021
Hardback – 18 March 2021
Paperback – 20 January 2022
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count:  238
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Romcom
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advanced copy/eARC of this book to review.

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