BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

THIRTEEN (Eddie Flynn Series #4)
By Steve Cavanagh
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 14th June 2018 (Paperback Release date)
Format: ARC (368 pages)



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? (Goodreads)

When I received a copy of the ARC, the first thing that drew me to this was the cover. The tantalising teaser of a serial killer being on the Jury of THE Celebrity Murder Trial of the century, instead of being on trial.

The story is told from two points of view; the defence lawyer, Eddie Flynn and the killer who has managed to infiltrate the jury. By doing so, you are witness to a very clever cat and mouse game. Flynn is trying to gather evidence to prove that Robert is innocent, all the while we watch as the Killer plays out his macabre game in loading the dice to get a guilty verdict.

For much of the book, the killers motivation for doing this, remains unknown. Even when it is revealed, the author manages to throw another little mystery that had gone very much under the radar. This was all over who the killer was pretending to be. For much of the book I had assumed that it was one particular juror, Cavanagh had so expertly placed these clues pointing to my choice. So in the closing chapters, the rug was pulled right under my feet. Yet, on retrospect it I could see how I came to my decision. It was a con worthy of Flynn himself.

Though the mystery of the serial killer takes up a big chunk of the book, the trail part of the book was just as gripping. Watching Flynn at work proved to be just as nail biting. Yes, you knew that there was a rogue juror on the jury but I was still holding my breath on which way the jurors would fall.

While reading this, I was unaware that this was the forth book in a series. However, I didn’t feel that I was missing anything for Cavanagh had given enough details to bring you up to speed without slowing down the plot.

Eddie Flynn was very easy to like and I couldn’t help but root for him throughout the story. He was in a real David and Goliath situation when defending his client, but when the trial got tough, Flynn dodged and dived like a professional boxer and you could see he was beginning to put holes in the prosecutors’ case.

After finishing the book, I felt a sense of relief that the whole thing was over and that everything turned out for the best for everyone. There was a little bit of a bittersweet conclusion to Eddies personal life, but after the events of the book and what had been hinted at throughout the book, his decision was the right one. That isn’t to say that it will hurt any less, but I could see why he decided to do this.

The last book that really caught me off guard like this was Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. Both books showcase carefully crafted thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat. With each chapter, I had to keep reading on for I was dying to see how the book would pan out.




1 The Defence
2 The Plea
3 The Liar

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