Hold on, while I just pick my jaw back up from the floor please! I think Mr Cavanagh just broke me and I’m delighted to share the reasons why in my review of the latest in the Eddie Flynn series, Fifty Fifty.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Two sisters on trial for murder. Both accuse each other.
Who do YOU believe?
Alexandra Avellino has just found her father’s mutilated body, and needs the police right away. She believes her sister killed him, and that she is still in the house with a knife.
Sofia Avellino has just found her father’s mutilated body and needs the police right away. She believes her sister, Alexandra did it, and that she is still in the house, locked in the bathroom.
Both women are to go on trial at the same time. A joint trial in front of one jury.
But one of these women is lying. One of them is a murderer. Sitting in a jail cell, about to go on trial with her sister for murder, you might think that this is the last place she expected to be.
You’d be wrong.
In the name of all that is Holy, Steve Cavanagh has just about killed me with this latest Eddie Flynn novel! Talk about a rollercoaster, my heart has still not settled two days after reading Fifty Fifty.
Eddie Flynn is back folks and he is caught up in a trial which had me glued to the pages! I swear it felt as though it was real, I was turning on the news at night half expecting to see the reports from the courts!
Now we all know how dull law can be, how dry and dreary it is in real life but Steve Cavanagh brings the whole process to life in this series with everything from creating a sense of place to creating a colourful cast of characters who most definitely step out of the pages and into my head! And little gems of random information such as the ravens in New York helped create the authenticity of this read.
Now talking of plot, I want to see inside of Steve Cavanagh’s brain, how complex and twisted it must be to create such a masterpiece as this, he surely has to be a plotter to execute such a detailed and cleverly thought out storyline, one which will give you whiplash as you switch from thinking one thing then to another as both sisters are put on trial for the murder of their father. Sofia and Alexandra Avellino were exquisitely dark women and with little snippets of their past fed to the reader throughout the book you would be forgiven for thinking both of them carried a degree of guilt but you are also made to feel a certain level of pity for them as you realise that a life of wealth doesn’t necessarily mean a life of happiness.
A new character is introduced, Kate Brooks, a newly qualified lawyer and through her character the level of misogyny and sexual harassment experienced by women in the professional world is expertly explored as she falls prey to the advances of her boss, Theodore Levy. I can’t say anymore but let’s just say my blood was boiling over more than once! Katie is a brilliant addition to the series and cannot wait to see more of her.
And of course, Eddie Flynn. Ah, Eddie, what a character, conman turned lawyer but not one out just to make a quick buck. Eddie Flynn will only represent those he believes to be innocent, and he knows the innocent from the guilty and now his job is to convince the jury of the same, a job he is highly confident in. But this case is different, this one he has no idea what’s going to happen and watching him wrestle with his conscience and emotions through this book is compelling. Steve Cavanagh has certainly put him through his paces with this one!
Once again Steve Cavanagh has nailed it with a breathtakingly clever plot executed perfectly as usual by the author. Dare I say it? But for me Fifty Fifty is THE best Eddie Flynn yet! Don’t miss it!
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