Title: Thirteen Author: Steve Cavanagh Publisher: Orion Books Published: 25th January 2018 Pages: 368 Format: ebook Source: Review Copy from Author Add It:Goodreads. Amazon. Summary: THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.
HE’S ON 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 Robert’s 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 there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?
What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?
The first thing to mention is that I did not realise that this book was part of a series written by Steve Cavanagh. After all of the buzz on twitter and then having it recommend to the audience at a panel by Linwood Barclay, I decided that I simply had to read it – even when I didn’t even know that much about it. That being said, I can firmly state that it is not necessary to read the first books in this series to fall well and truly into this story in the most intense ways. I read this book quickly, finding myself absorbed in the words and unable to stop reading until I knew exactly how it was all going to end – were they going to find the true killer?
The book is filled with twists – some you expect and some that came as a big surprise. Steve Cavanagh truly pulls the reader along with this story. You know who the killer is from the start but you don’t know who the killer is – the kind of plot surprise that could only happen in a book. It is addictive, intense and intriguing throughout the entire read. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat as I read the book – continuously wondering what would happen next and how it would affect the rest of the characters in the book.
And boy does this book have some almighty characters. From the strong Eddie Flynn who refuses to let the case drop, to the serial killer himself. Steve Cavanagh has created strong, vibrant characters that quite literally walk off the page. I can definitely be convinced to return to Cavanagh’s previous books in this series to spend more time with these characters and get to know them better. I think one of the best things about this book is how it is not just about the main case but also about the relationships between the different characters in the book too. How they trust each other, and how they regard each other. It all adds to the atmosphere of this book.
In case you’re not convinced, I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was a truly gripping read that kept me on my toes throughout. It’s the thriller that is perfect for thriller fans. It pulls you in and knots your stomach until the final reveal towards the end of the book. It’s intense, hard-hitting and fascinating. I was absolutely enraptured. Okay, enough with the hyperbole’s! But in honesty, this book deserves them all – and so much more. So, if you’re in to thriller books that will get your heart racing – though be warned there are some gruesome moments to be read – than you should make sure you give this book a read.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **