Review: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

THE SERIAL KILLER ISNT ON TRIAL. HE’S OM THE JURY… They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. All the evidence points to Roberts guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind. What if their is more than one actor in the court room. What if the killer isn’t on trial. What if the killer is on the jury.

This books had me from ” the serial killer isn’t on trial he is on the jury”

This is my second time reading thirteen, I happened to stumble on this book at the beginning of the year when I had a few quid left in my amazon account and was hunting down books that looked good, as soon as I seen the cover I knew I would love it and I started reading it straight away. At the time I didn’t know it was a book series and I didn’t know of Steve Cavanagh. I was half way through the book when I learned this happened to be the fourth book in a crime thriller series but it didn’t actually matter if I continued to read. After I read it I just had to buy the rest of the books in this series and read them all.. after finishing the three other books I decided I had to read this book again to just to complete it in order!! Anyway enough rambling from me and I’ll crack on with the review.

This book is instantly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ although it doesn’t kick off with a big dramatic scene or anything you dive into the first chapter and you instantly become intrigued by what Joshua Kane is up to. The build up to the main part of the book is steady and interesting.. unlike the other books in the series there was never one moment where I found myself bored at any point, the description was brilliant and the chapters being split into the separate narratives between Flynn and Kane just made the book simple and easy to read. The book has you hooked from being to end especially the dramatic ending which is very fast paced and you feel as though your eyes are to slow to keep up with your reading.

The writing is just sheer brilliance, and as much as kane is a hideous evil character who does horrendous and terrible things you can not sit there and hate him, you always want to know what is next, what is he going to do next because let me tell you… there is no way you can predict it. The guy is just horrendously evil. He will kill anyone just to get to where he needs to be and it doesn’t matter what happens to him in the process because he is special.

Obviously Eddie Flynn is the high flyer and finds his way to the truth, he is a brilliant defence lawyer and always bats one straight out of the ball park in the end. I don’t think there could be a book written in the Flynn series where I don’t find him as my favourite character. I think the only downfall of his character is that he is not a top well known defence lawyer as such as the ones you would find in big firms but that he is brilliant and he always wins his case, so the only thing that you kind of can predict in the book is that Solomon is innocent and that he will be set free because Eddie Flynn is his lawyer and he will definitely crack the case as always. Although in hindsight this brilliant I would like the unpredictability of it all.

Reading all the series in order you can see how Steve Cavanagh has definitely progressed in his writing over the years, and it certainly did not take him long to be what I would like to call him as an award winning author!! His first book in the series the defence, although good I found myself fairly bored and struggled a bit with the book in the entirety of it… his second book the plea picked up massively but again I found a few minor parts where I thought the storyline tended to drag on a little bit but then by his third book the liar, it was a lot more fast paced with a few twists and turns in the pages and then followed by thirteen his fourth book where it was instantaneous that you were intrigued by the front of the book and this was backed up completely through the whole book.

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