Friday, 1 June 2018

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

By Steve Cavanagh
Published by Orion (E-book - out now; Paperback - 14 June 2018)
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher

Publisher's description
'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.

My verdict
Wow, I really did love Thirteen, and this sums up my thoughts:

In case you can't read my writing (most people can't, so you're not alone), it says: 'A nail-biting, page-turning rollercoaster ride of a read!!'.

This is the fourth book in the Eddie Flynn legal thriller series - I've read the first two (The Defence and The Plea) and still need to read the third (The Liar). It didn't matter that I'd missed one out, as it didn't take me long at all to get back into the characters' lives and remember how much I love Eddie Flynn.

Thirteen is such a clever read, with a highly intelligent and very organised serial killer (a master in deception) on the jury. So you, as the reader, know exactly who it is - or do you? This has a gripping, twisty plot from beginning to end, with an intriguing hook that pulled me in straight away. Although there are plenty of courtroom scenes, there's so much else going on too, from getting inside the mind of the serial killer to following Eddie's personal dramas.

This really is a nail-biting read - the type of book that's hard to put down and keeps you reading into the early hours. And it's also great fun. Even the courtroom scenes are fast-paced, shocking and highly entertaining.

If you like legal thrillers, courtroom dramas and/or serial killer crime novels with a fantastic lead character and plenty of humour, then pick up all of the Eddie Flynn series - and start reading them now!

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