Split Sense by Barbara Ellen Brink is, at the risk of sounding cliché, a real page turner. It is very well written; full of action, twists and turns, intrigue and a well thought out though complex story line. The book begins in 1995 with a frightened schizophrenic woman being chased and killed, but not before her twin babies are taken alive. Thus begins a complex web of deceit and subterfuge that centers around a pharmaceutical company that has been experimenting on pregnant women. The hope is to find a cure for mental illness, but instead, a deeper and deeper web of lies forms. The infants that are saved are separated and a company employee takes one to raise as his own son. The girl twin was presumed dead by the company, but through some undercover work of her own, the attending doctor saves the girl and places her with another family, unbeknown to anyone.
We progress through the years, visiting both twins as they grow and mature. Each one seems to have a special ‘gift’. The boy can sense other people’s feelings and even begins to read minds. The girl has an unexplainable gift for healing through music. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical company has continued its experiments on another set of twins, with frightening results.
Zander, the twin boy, begins looking for answers, but then those who know the truth begin to die, either through freak accidents or other means. The tension just keeps building. In the end, the story comes to happy and satisfying conclusion, but not before we are left with another surprise twist right at the end. I highly recommend this book to those who love a fast paced story with lots of twists and intrigue.