by Michael Bussa


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Some family secrets should go to the grave. In the tiny town of Milnor, ND, Adam struggles to bring some measure of normalcy to his life, after a tragic event left him confined to a wheelchair, twenty-one years earlier. His sister, Ada, fills his days with psychological torment and disappears for days at a time. Is it sibling rivalry, or something more sinister? A psychiatrist, in his relentless search for the truth, gets caught up in the unexpected. Splinter will keep you guessing right to the end!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546367963
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/04/2017
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Michael Bussa hails from Schiller Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. While his first love is aviation, he is quick to tell you that he has a passion for writing. "I was one of the greatest child liars that ever was, and isn't that really just telling stories?" he chuckles.

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splinter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Allegorically-yours More than 1 year ago
I rarely say, "Wow!" to a short story. I just haven't found many that catch me completely off guard. While the reader knows, early on, that there's something tragic underlying the story, it isn't easy to put the ending together until it hits you in the gut. Bussa writes as professionally as any of the greats in this genre - I would liken his style to Stephen King. This was an exciting and entertaining read. It was a long short story so it is easy to read about an hour, for those who do not have a lot of time. Highly recommended!! Clayton Moore