Book Review: Thirteen By Steve Cavanagh

I’ve read a lot of crime fiction over the years and I always love it when I come across a book that offers something a little bit different. And Steve Cavanagh’s Thirteen certainly gave me what I was looking for.

The blurb says:

The murder trail of the century is here.

A ruthless prosecutor

A brilliant defence lawyer

A defendant with a secret

And a serial killer on the jury…

The main protagonist is Eddie Flynn, an ex-con artist turned lawyer. I wasn’t aware until I was part-way in that Eddie has featured in previous books, but it didn’t matter: I was already hooked and keen to read more about this flawed character you can’t help but like. In Thirteen, Eddie is the lead lawyer, defending a young Hollywood actor who has been acccused of killing his wife and chief of security.

It’s revealed early on that the real perpetrator is a long-time serial killer whose MO is killing individuals, then framing someone for their murders before he finds a way to insert himself onto the jury in the subsequent trial of the wrongly accused, in order to ensure a guilty verdict is reached.

I wondered how on earth the dots would be joined, and the killer discovered, and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns along the way.

The book is written in a mixture of the first person, from Eddie’s viewpoint, and the third person, from the killer’s viewpoint. It’s a recipe that works brilliantly.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, gripping read, try Thirteen.




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8 Responses to Book Review: Thirteen By Steve Cavanagh

  1. I like the idea of writing from the first and the third person POV. This book sounds exciting, Esther.

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  3. Ive read 3, which seem to run concurrently and had the same characters in each one just a different story. It got to the stage where you couldn’t wait for the last book to come out as the other 2 were so brilliant.

    The different viewpoints are excellent though as you can speak from each characters viewpoint – I think thats wonderful to do and learnt me something especially about POV’s which i find difficult to work out sometimes. I know what I want to write, but then I have to work out which is the viewpoint for that POV, and i find hers is the best.

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