#BookReview – Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orioncime #thatbookthathook @Tr4cyF3nt0n
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Series: Eddie Flynn #4
Published by Hachette UK on 25th January 2018
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
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THE SERIAL KILLER ISN'T ON TRIAL.
HE'S ON THE JURY...
'Books this ingenious don't come along very often.' Michael Connelly
'THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.' Sarah Pinborough'Outstanding.' Lee Child'Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.' Clare Mackintosh
'To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?'
Murder wasn't the hard part. It was just the start of the game.
Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He's done it before. But this is the big one.
This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.
But there's someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn't the man on trial.
Kane knows time is running out - he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY ... YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK:
'An oh so clever hook for an oh so clever, gripping book. THIRTEEN is courtroom drama at its finest, blended with page-turning twists and characters you can't get enough of. Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation. Slick, thrilling and unique, THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.' Sarah Pinborough
'Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.' Lee Child
'Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.' Clare Mackintosh
'Great hook. Great plot. Great book. Thirteen is a real page turner and one you won't want to put down.' Simon Kernick
'A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.' Ruth Ware
'I've been tracking Steve Cavanagh for a few years now and Thirteen is his best, a dead bang beast of a book that expertly combining his authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don't come along very often.' Michael Connelly
'Quite simply deserves to be HUGE. If you read a thriller as good this year, it's only because you've read this one twice.' Mark Billingham
'Tore through this between dusk and dawn. Absolute 5-star cracker from Steve Cavanagh, who's gotta be among top legal thriller writers out there nowadays. A powerhouse of a book that's much more than its high-concept hook.' Craig Sisterson
'Wow! This book is friggin' awesome! Utterly immersive.' Emma Kavanagh
'Fantastically gripping? Guilty as charged!' Angela Clarke
'An absolute cracker.' Susi Holliday
'Guilty of thrills, twists, and expertly manipulating the reader.' Mason Cross
'An absolute rollercoaster of a read. Thrilling.' Cass Green
When I signed up for the blog tour for this book, I did not have a clue this was the fourth book in the series (should have done my research better), I saw the cover, read the tagline and I knew I had to read it. I mean check this out
THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.
HE’S ON THE JURY…
Now come on, you mean to say you wouldn’t want to read this either! #thatbookthathook
A great pointer about this book is that it can be read as a standalone book, but now I have met Eddie Flynn on the pages I will be going back to read his other stories and ensuring that Mr Steve Cavanagh is on my list to watch from now on.
So the premise of this book is terrifying and when you meet Joshua Kane, I was damn near petrified. I think nearly every time it was his chapter in the book, I must have looked like I was catching flies as my jaw literally just stayed dropped. This man is one of the most terrifying men I have had the unlucky pleasure to meet in the book world (Although I am not sure I would call it a pleasure per se). The lengths he goes to, to perfect his plans, the cold calculating way he lives his life, and basically, everything about him scared me. Reminded me of an episode of Luther that freaked everyone where guy hid under the bed. Joshua doesn’t do that but he is like the bogeyman in the fact no one knows him.
Eddie Flynn, is a loveable rogue, (I just love his name! If my child had been a boy he would have been Flynn, so obviously I warmed him) his past is a checkered one as a con-artist, he was married to Christine and they have a daughter. Here I could have done with some previous knowledge of their marriage and history as it’s on the rocks now and he refers to an old case causing problems, so I want to read the other books to fill in the gaps, but seriously it takes nothing away from the story not knowing. If this was the first book in the series it would feel like we would be building to the past I was ok with not knowing.
Eddie becomes Bobby Solomon lawyer, as the up and coming actor, one half of a power couple is accused of killing his newlywed wife and head of security. The case is a slam dunk, there is too much against Bobby, he’s guilty, right? Eddie doesn’t think so, after meeting Bobby he believes he is innocent, no one is that much of an actor…. are they?
Courtroom dramas are my go-to in films and books, you live and breathe the case with the defence, prosecutors, the jury, the judge and the so-called convicted criminal. I love the background the defence goes through digging up the clues, all to prove Bobby’s innocence and the blocks that are in their way. I mean I would love to have been a lawyer!
This book did not let me down in any way, the writing was fast paced and I did not feel my attention waiver in any way at all. I actually did not want it to end! Aaaaahhhh I really can’t say a lot because there will be too many spoilers, please go and read this book, you will not be wasting your time that’s for sure!
What an amazing introduction to Steve Cavanagh!
*Thank you so much to Tracy at The Book Club, Orion Crime publishers and the author Steve Cavanagh for an ARC of this book*
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