I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh. Thank you to Tracey Fenton at The Book Club for inviting me to take part.
Source: Purchased Copy
THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.
HE’S ON THE JURY…
To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’
Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.
Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.
This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.
But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.
Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.
I devoured Thirteen in just two days! I’ve seen this book all over Twitter and it does have that killer hook that I’m always looking for in a crime novel. The serial killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest I don’t know what will. Already I was thinking, how would Steve Cavanagh manage to weave such a complex idea? But he does it and he does it tremendously well! Thirteen is such a clever book.
This is the fourth novel to feature defense lawyer, Eddie Flynn, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books in the series as this can be read as a stand-alone. The client who Eddie is representing is a Hollywood star, and he is on trial for the murder of his wife and her lover. It is up to Eddie to prove his innocence and he believes that the man he is representing isn’t the killer. But how can he prove it with the weight of evidence against him?
I absolutely loved this book. It is pacy and hugely addictive, with sharp writing and cracking dialogue. We get to view the court proceedings from the minds of the jury in this book and Steve delves into their thoughts as they examine the evidence against the man on trial. But this is a novel with a twist. Among the members of the jury there is a killer, but what is his agenda and how did he manage to get picked? What makes this serial killer so frightening is how smart he is, I think he will stay in the heads of many readers after finishing this book, he is such a fascinating character. As the novel progresses you really aren’t sure which way the jury are going to vote and this is what makes Steve Cavanagh’s writing so tense and as we reached the final denouement, I was on the edge of my seat.
This is one of those books which really does live up to the hype, it is one of the quickest reads I have read this year. I think all I can say now is, read it, you really won’t be disappointed.
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Print length: 368 pages
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