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) by Maggie Thom 5 out of 5 stars.

What are you reading? 🙂

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51 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! 🙂 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 😉 Sending love & best wishes! 😉 ❤

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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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  6. Ste J

    I love a book that misdirects the reader and then at the end the deception becomes even better for it. Happy Ste, I love books ( you may have gueesed!).

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  7. Resa

    Hey…. I’m supposed to get email notifications of new posts!
    Glad I came for a look see! It is a very positive review. Congratulations Maggie!
    Right now, I’m reading “Life” by Keith Richards. AMAZING

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh I can only imagine what Keith Richards has been through! I’m close to done Nellie’s second biography. It’s a wow read for sure. Hugs and thanks for stopping by, Resa ❤

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  8. Vernon

    Hi Christy,
    I’m currently reading ‘The Partner’ by John Grisham.
    I’m wanting to step out of my comfort zone after this read and I’m thinking maybe Harry Potter next.
    This was a wonderful book review that have me going hummm….?
    Have a blessed weekend.

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  9. reocochran

    Christy, I had a busy two weeks at work (104 hours) and that meant I was able to purchase Colleen Brown’s, Luanne Castle’s and your books! Yay! I bought your newer poetry book, “Versions of the Self.” I have two more to go for my (late) 🍁 Fall book reading list. 🌞😊

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh wow, oh wow! I’m honored by your reaching out like this and getting my book, Robin. You have made my day! 🙂 No rush with the read but I feel great knowing you want to read it ❤

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      1. reocochran

        I laid my five Autumn books on my fall comforter and yours is there today! 💞 Hugs and I am excited to read it very soon, Christy!
        I am taking Debby’s book, “Have Bags, Will Travel” on my first plane trip since over 35 years to hang out with my best colllege friend in Mississippi. I’m going via a day trip in New Orleans, All By Myself! (Patrice doesn’t like city or crowds.)

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        1. Christy B Post author

          Enjoy your trip, especially armed with Debby’s book! And I’m delighted to be one of the 5 books ~ You’ll have a wonderful time, I just know it, and please blog about your adventures when you return ❤

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      2. reocochran

        Oops, Christy. . . I should have given you more notice about today’s double feature of your “Versions of the Self” book. 💐
        I left a message on your About page yesterday, but thought I ought to let you know there are some sweet Fans of yours commenting nicely on the two blog posts I wrote, one is a book review and the second is a poem I featured. They were posted today in the morning. . .
        Thanks for liking the Fall book review pile post. Thank you for the pleasure of reading your poetry book. ❤ I gave you 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 4! 🎉🍷🍷

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        1. Christy B Post author

          Oh Robin, thank you kindly for the reviews! I’ll head over to read in full.. and YES I’m smiling right now. Wow, i’m honored by the 4/4 star rating ❤

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  10. Annika Perry

    Christy, a brilliant review with a perfect balance of suspense and some romance. As for the ending…what could that possibly be for such a strong emotional reaction. Wowa!! One for my list! I’m just finishing Carol Balawyder’s ‘The Longest Nine Months’ – it’s wonderful!

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