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Tijan grew up feeling someone was missing from her life. A sister, but was she a figment of her imagination? Her mother says her sister died when she was a child, but there is that feeling, and then she sees a picture in the newspaper of a wedding, and a hand is in view; that hand shows a birthmark, a matching birthmark that is also on Tijan. Is her sister, Tarin, still alive? She decides to go to Toronto and find out, but things happen too quickly and she’s thrown into several dangerous situations. She is kidnapped a couple of times, and people she meets think she’s her twin sister. Then a secret trip to the Caspian winery and she sees Tarin, but is too shocked to speak, and runs off instead. Now she discovers her father, whom she’d always suspected was dead, running a giant hotel chain, and working with a Mafia gangster to obtain Caspian winery. Gangsters and Canadian government officials want Tarin, and mistake Tijan for her twin, and things get even more complicated. My apologies to the author, it’s been three years since I read the previous book in this fascinating series, and unfortunately my memory isn’t too good any more. I had trouble remembering the characters and what happened in the first two stories, so it took me a bit longer to get back into the swing of the series. However, the new characters not only grabbed my interest but it brought me quickly into the current plot, and names and incidents began coming back. Once I was pulled into the story, I was there for keeps, and I wasn’t disappointed. “Split Seconds” continues the series in a highly suspenseful rush of adrenalin. And did I mention the romantic angle? I hope the next book isn’t long in coming. For lovers of suspense thrillers don’t miss this latest light romantic mystery involving danger and intrigue.
Rating: 3.5 Stars Split Seconds is the third book in Maggie Thom’s Caspian Wine Series and it most definitely has to be read after you read the other two books. I didn’t read the prior books and I felt as if there were plenty of times that I was missing something. Mind you, I did enjoy Split Seconds but I felt as if some of the mystery would have been a little less mysterious had I been privy to everyone’s backstory ahead of time. Split Seconds focuses on twin sisters Tijan and Tarin. They were separated from each other at the age of two. When one sets out to find the other 27 years later, they each get more than they bargained for. One of them grew up rich in the big city while the other grew up on a modest ranch enjoying the outdoors. It’s a Country Mouse/City Mouse situation. Unfortunately, it appears that their ruthless father has surrounded himself with a lot of shady people. Consequently, the twins end up facing off against their father for which one of them never knew and other folks looking to gain their father’s wealth and status. Lives are threatened and deception runs rampant throughout the book. The challenge with all of the deception was that it was too much. There were so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep up. It felt as if Maggie overdid it. I love a good mystery but there has to be some rationality to it, and things were just too complicated. I did like the protagonists in the book, however there were just too many moving parts. If you love a multilayered mystery, Split Seconds would be perfect for you. It’s not until the very end that all of the puzzle pieces come together. And when they do, you will be shocked and somewhat appalled by how evil and greedy some people can be. **Received a copy of the book from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**