Author Maggie Thom's Split Seconds (Book 3)

What I Just Read: Split Seconds by Maggie Thom

I finished reading Split Seconds (book 3 in the Caspian Wine series) by Maggie Thom and here are my thoughts. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a genuine review of it. Advance copies are available on Amazon, with the book launch slated for July 20.

I’ve read Captured Lies, which is the first book in the series, and when Maggie Thom offered me the opportunity to read book 3 I jumped at the chance, even though I still have to play catch-up with reading book 2. Let’s just say though that I was impressed with book 1 – you can read my Goodreads review here – and so I wanted to read more from her. That said, book 1 can be read as a standalone; you don’t have to delve into the rest of the series if you don’t want to, although it’s fun as some of the characters from book 1 appear in book 3.

Now, back to Split Seconds. It’s a great title for a fast-paced read that has both suspense and mystery, as well as a bit of romance. As with Captured Lies, there’s none of that cheesy love scene stuff; instead, they’re realistic moments. I liked how the book opened with a pivotal scene (as I later found out) and I had to keep reading to get answers to the many questions brought on by that initial scene.

The characters of Tijan and Tarin, who are twins, are well developed, and it’s obvious from a few chapters into the book that they’re very different from one another, even though they’re identical appearance-wise. I also liked the character August, who is a hard-working, kind man. I would have liked for James, the twins’ father, to be better developed as he is one of those ruthless businessmen who you almost love to hate. I felt there could be more sides explored for him (perhaps in the next book, if the series continues).

Oooooh and the ending! I was like wowa – and then wowa again – as there are several twists and turns. The puzzle pieces come together but not as I expected. I like it when books aren’t overly predictable and such was the case here. No spoilers in this review!

I give Split Seconds (The Caspian Wine Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Series Book 3)Β by Maggie Thom 5 out of 5 stars.

What are you reading? πŸ™‚

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31 thoughts on “What I Just Read: Split Seconds by Maggie Thom

  1. melouisef

    A 5 Star book! Now that is a wow! I think I can count on my one hand the books I gave 5 stars.
    watched the new movie ‘The Sense of an Ending’ last night but not nearly as good as the beautiful book which I gave 5 stars. The author is Julian Barnes, and I think he won some really big prize for this book.

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    1. Christy B Post author

      I don’t go much for the books that are “prize winners” ~ I’m more of an Indie reader most times, although I’m hooked on The Land of Stories books and they’re best-sellers. I still have to read so many books on my list…

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  2. dgkaye

    Wonderful review Christy. Now I’m curious and must check out this author’s books. Oh, and I’m reading Tina Frisco’s – Vampyrie and Luna Saint Claire’s – The Sleeping Serpent . Halfway through both books and totally engrossed! πŸ™‚ xo

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  3. Aquileana

    Sounds like a great week.. As it has both suspense and mystery, as well as a bit of romance (but not cheesy love scene stuff, as you say)… I like these ingredients in a book: The right dose can lead to a flavourful mix, as happnes with some recipes πŸ˜‰ Sending love & best wishes! πŸ˜‰ ❀

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    1. Christy B Post author

      You’re right Aqui about the “right dose” of different elements. I think that’s why I’m enjoying the short story writing – all different genres can be what I write – but what they share is the format.. Hugs!! Love you ❀

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  4. Jeri Walker (@JeriWB)

    I’m glad you enjoyed Split Seconds. I tend to shy away from series. Right now I am listening to the Audible version of Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. I love real-life survival stories, and fictional ones as well. To be stuck in Antarctic ice is definitely harrowing.

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  5. Mahesh Nair

    This has to be a “good” one. I went to Goodreads to read your review of the first book. Nice.
    In this particular book as you mention there are several twists and turns. The genre being suspense/thriller/mystery if the ending convinces you (you said “wowa” twice) it’s rewarding. Congratulations to Maggie Thom!

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