Sadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit, and danger. She could really use some rest—and maybe even some time to heal—relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled—literally—with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.
Her determination to stay out of danger and to focus on overcoming her anxieties soon takes a backseat when she meets eleven-year-old Charlie, the son of the woman whose body she discovered near Anahola Beach. Charlies has some questions of his own about what happened to his mother, and he is convinced that only Sadie can help him. If only Sadie were as confident in her abilities as Charlie is.
With the help of her best friend and a local social worker, Sadie dives into another mystery with the hope that, at the end, she'll be able to find the peace and closure that has eluded her.
By DeAnn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Another fun book from Josi Kilpack. I love Sadie and her adventures and this did not disappoint. This one is in Hawaii and I was immediately drawn in to the location. I did miss that Pete wasn't in the book as much - but I think it made Sadie's character a little more rounded.
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
BANANA SPLIT was my favorite book in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series. It may have had something to do with the fact that the book is set in beautiful Kauai, which I just traveled to in May. But the biggest reason I liked this book is that the writing is solid, the characters are developed, and Josi had my mind spinning trying to figure out whodunit. It seemed like everyone was keeping a secret and although Sadie was in a fragile state of mind, she still pulled off an excellent investigation to help a young boy answer questions about his mother's death.
By LuAnn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Okay, I was hooked! I stayed up way too late last night and got up way too early this morning to finish this installment in the Sadie Hoffmiller series, but it was well worth it. I love this character, and I love the way she is drawn into the mysteries, despite the fact she tries hard not to be, especially in this story. I read Lemon Tart when it first came out, but I've missed a couple in between. I promise I will go back and read the ones I missed, because I really want to know more about Sadie.
By Joyce, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Josi has done a great job of making us feel as though we were in Hawaii with Sadie. Enjoying the fragrance of the beautiful flowers and the salty sea. She keeps you guessing to the very end. It's always fun to see if you can guess the outcome and who was behind it all. Enjoy!!
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
"You snorkel before?"
Another great Sadie Hoffmiller mystery!
Sadie goes to Hawaii to get away from her life and relax. The last year and a half really have taken toll on our heroine and it's showing.
Unfortunately for Sadie, she lands in the middle of another murder mystery and she's not up to the task. But when a young boy is involved, she decides she needs to solve this one last mystery.
This story is different than the previous ones and I had a hard time getting into it at first. Then I realized what Josi has done. She's showing us the natural results of being in the middle of traumatic scenes: post-traumatic stress disorder. Sadie can't go on without being affected which makes us care for her even more than before.
This book is not a quick read. It takes us into the mind and life of someone suffering from PTSD. It's interesting watching Sadie lose confidence in herself and her skills but still unable to keep away from being an amateur detective.
Another great book from Josi Kilpack! Go, Josi!
V: Dead body,
Not figuring out 'whodunit'
By Julie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Banana Split was so different than any of the other books. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the new Sadie. Where she was previously strong, she was now weak. The relationships she'd relied on in the past weren't there anymore, and Sadie was so un-Sadie-like.
But then I realized that this was author genius. Kilpack had taken our beloved character to the edge and pushed her over. It was up to the reader whether they would come along for the ride to see if Sadie could claw her way back or just let it all go.
So, with an un-Sadie, an incredible setting, and a dead body, what's a reader to do? Read on. This mystery has several twists and turns that keep you guessing to the very last chapter. Kilpack is one of the best mystery writers in the business and this one does not disappoint.
By CourtneyMae, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Josi Kilpack has done it once again!! The adventures of Sadie never fail to leave me wanting more! This was especially true for her latest adventure! Full of twists and turns that make you gasp, and wish that you could read faster! I only wish I didn't read them so fast! The I wouldn't have to wait as long for the next one! Truly a masterpiece! A definite must-read!
By angie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This one was set in Hawii. At first I was a little bugged with how diffarnt Saddie was her whole depression and all,but it got better as it went along.The was one thing that really left me hanging though it had to do with the Mandie and the Hotel owner. I don't want to give away what happend, But I felt the whole thing with them and what they did to Saddie really didn't make sense to me. Their Beef wasn't with Saddie it was with someone else and she was going to leave in the morning . I just felt like that wasn't explained very well. Other then that I really enjoyed the book.
By Cindy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Once again, Josi has found a way to engage readers to the point that sleep just isn't an option until you find out who dunnit. Not only do we love Sadie because she is so real, but in this novel, we bond with her as we connect with her vulnerability. Not only is Banana Split a great suspense novel, but also treats the results of trauma and anxiety in a realistic and compassionate way. Well worth the read, and the great recipes are always a fun bonus!
By Terri, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I just finished reading Banana Split today. I had a hard time putting it down. Kept me guessing until the end, and I loved the Kauai setting!
By Jennifer, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Banana Split shows us a different Sadie than we've seen before--she is not the obsessive perfectionist we're used to. Sadie is reeling from her horrible experiences over the last 18 months, most recently the near murder by a trusted friend. She goes to Hawaii to "get away from it all." Instead of organizing things, participating in community events, and cooking for her neighbors, Sadie has become scared, anxious, and depressed. And to top it all off, she finds a body--which terrifies her worse. I loved the theme of healing that Josi wove throughout the book. The only way Sadie can help herself snap out of her funk is by helping others. It is as usual action-packed, and exciting, but I felt like it was deeper--a more serious look inside our favorite heroine. Not to mention the new colorful characters, and intriguing mystery. You'll never guess who dunnit!