I have been absolutely BUZZING to talk about this book! It IS THE BOOK of the year! Steve Cavanagh has nailed it and then some with his latest Eddie Flynn novel #Thirteen.
Thanks to Tracy over at CompulsiveReaders for asking me to be a part of the blog tour and to the publishers and author for the ARC for review.
It’s publication day, today for #Thirteen and I am absolutely delighted to not only be closing this blog tour down but to be closing it down with my #Twinnie #PartnerInCrime crimebookjunkie! This means today you get double the trouble! So don’t forget to check out her review over at CBJ! So, let’s do this…
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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?
Before I start, I have a wee confession to make…this is my first Steve Cavanagh read but I can assure you it will not be my last! Eddie Flynn has a new stalker in town that’s for sure! Although it is the 4th in the Eddie Flynn series, it can be read as a standalone and as a reader I did not feel as though I was missing out on anything (other than some damn good reads!) by reading out of sequence!
#Thatbookthathook is the hashtag being used to promote the novel and by God it is right! What a hook indeed with the serial killer smack bang in the middle of the action on the jury! And I have to say damn that prologue… talk about perfect performance! This one was primed to hook the reader in and that is exactly what it did to me! It dragged me in and spat me out, a broken mess, at the other end!
At just ten percent into Thirteen I already knew that this was probably the best book I’d read this year and I was not wrong! It ticked every single box for me and then some!
Thirteen is not a whodunnit but rather a how and whydunnit but don’t think that this means it is an easy ride for the reader! Nope, not at all! You will need to have your wits about you for this one! All I am going to say about the plot is that it is slick, it’s fast, it’s twisted, it’s intelligent and it’s perfectly executed!
Strong, powerful and multi-dimensional characters engaged me from the very start. From the sociopathic serial killer, to corrupt law officials to Eddie Flynn himself, each of the characters you meet on this book will lure you into their world from the start! Now Eddie Flynn, con man turned lawyer, what a fascinating concept and indeed what a fascinating man! He might have been a bit of a bad boy in his past but I loved his strong moral stance as a defence lawyer; Eddie Flynn needs to believe in your innocence before he will represent you and his determination to seek justice along with his love of a wee dram has led to his relationship breakdown with his wife and daughter. We really get to see the whole of Eddie Flynn in this novel, his strengths and his weaknesses and we love him all the more for them! Watching Eddie Flynn perform in court made me think it would be worth sitting through the shambles that is the UK jury system if it meant watching him perform. Eddie Flynn busted me from the start, I was in the palm of his hand! You know what, I think I might just have a little bit of a #CharacterCrush going on with Mr Flynn right now!
Thirteen was perfectly paced, each chapter builds you up and leaves you teetering on the edge of the cliff but not for that long that you fall into the abyss; it takes you to the brink, hauls you right back before throwing you off again! My heart was pounding reading this!
Steve Cavanagh has magic flowing through his fingers! He made every word, every sentence, every paragraph and every chapter capture me until I felt that I was part of the narrative. I read this book using all of my senses thanks to Steve’s exceptional talent! Sights, sounds, smells all came alive as I read leaving me breathless! I do kind of worry about Steve Cavanagh’s thought processes after reading this, he clearly has an internet search history that would make your mind boggle! The next time I see him I think my jaw is just going to clatter off the floor!
If you are looking to read a novel that will engage and thrill you but is clever enough to get those brain cells ticking and working all the way through the 356 pages of genius then look no further than Thirteen, this deserves to win awards! Absolutely outstanding! Steve Cavanagh, I salute you!
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About the author:
Steve was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At 18 he moved to Dublin and studied Law, by mistake. Steve had a choice of degree courses at College, either Business & Marketing or Law.
He decided to enrol for Business & Marketing, but he got the course timetables mixed up and ended up registering for Law.
Steve is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and lawyer. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Thirteen, is out in e-book now and paperback in June.
Steve is married to Tracy, they live in Northern Ireland with their two young children and a rescue dog, called Lolly, who keeps Steve company during those long nights at the writing desk.
Find out more at http://www.stevecavanagh.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav