[REVIEW] Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) – Steve Cavanagh

Although this is the fourth in the series, this is actually the first time I’ve come across Steve Cavanagh’s work. I was extremely lucky to have won this as part of a giveaway hosted by Waterstone’s Birmingham! The cover and tagline of this novel says it all really, and after reading it once, I was compelled to pick it up!

‘The serial killer isn’t on trial, HE’S ON THE JURY’

I also felt this would be extremely fitting for Zuky’s August Book Club theme of ‘IT’S THE SOUND OF THE POLICE!‘ as it is part of a detective series! So here’s my thoughts on this crime thriller:

Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) – Steve Cavanagh
Format – Paperback (356 Pages)
Publisher – Orion
Release Date – 25th January 2018

The book follows the events of a murder trial during which jurors are tasked with the responsibility to find Bobby either guilty or not guilty. It it a clash between the professionals representing the prosecution and defence, all the while one of the jurors is not quite as it seems.

Initially I was finding it difficult to keep up with what was going on as although the chapters were clearly written from differing points of view, this was not made clear at the start of each chapter. So I felt as if I was mentally checking in to work out whose mind I was in before being able to digest the writing.

However, as I delved deeper into the pages, this became much easier and I really began to feel within the mindset of Kane. This character is hugely mysterious, controlled, and intelligent in his actions. I found myself constantly trying to figure out his purpose and motive behind his criminal actions.

I had expected to feel a connection to Eddie Flynn, considering this book is part of a detective series, however this did not feel to be the case. There were a number of police enforcement which were involved and there wasn’t anything inparticular which made Flynn stand out from the rest.

The book was based on American locations and procedures which I think made it feel a little less real to me, having been a reader from the UK. But overall, most of the events could be very relevant to a case held over here.

I loved how this book had elements of not only the court case, but also real-time crime and murder. It is so common in books to have these elements feel so separated due to timing of events, but this book presented both side by side throughout. This certainly held my  interest.

The court case throws up so many differing viewpoints as I felt that as a juror myself it would have been extremely hard to come to any kind of conclusion. The final events of the story were extremely fast paced and I found myself addicted to finishing it before making my way to work (I ended up getting to the office at 9:03am – not too bad!).

The book felt like a constant game of cat and mouse with the cat having no idea that the mouse was under his nose the whole time! This gripped me for the large part of the story, and definitely had more surprises than your normal crime thriller!

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When I first started reading I was a little underwhelmed, having gone by what others were saying, but then finally reaching the latter half, I could understand why people were so hooked on it. Due to this I gave it a four star review, and would potentially look at Cavanagh’s other titles in the series.

Have you read this book? If so, let me know what you thought in the comments or get in touch on Instagram (@gntx) and Twitter (@gntx).

Synopsis:
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?

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To buy a copy of Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh and to see what other readers have said, head over to Amazon and Goodreads.

To get in touch with the author, use @SSCav on socials to find him!

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