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When you see that one of your favourite crime writers has a new title coming out you tend to do a happy little dance, squeal of excitement or just preorder the very second it’s listed on your purchasing site of choice, and that’s exactly the sequence of events that occurs when I know that Steve Cavanagh has a book coming out. But then when the publisher and the book fairy that is Mrs F (wonder if she has wings and a wand?!) whispered that a blog tour was to take place and early copies would be available to read … well I just had to say yes!

  • Title: Twisted
  • Author: Steve Cavanagh
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication Date: 4th April 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

My Thoughts:

I do believe that Steve Cavanagh has done it again, he has written a thrilling and hugely exciting book in the form of Twisted. I’m not sure whether that’s an excellent title or just a play on the imaginative qualities of this wonderful author, his mind sure is a dark place to come up with this book that’s for sure.

So, what can I tell you about Twisted without giving anything away … well it’s the sort of book that you need your wits about you, it’s not a book you can read whilst watching tv or knitting (you’ll quickly tune out the tv and will lose too many stitches), and it’s the kind of book that you almost need to pause after a chapter to catch your breath and mutter “what the …?” but it’s also a book that will keep you turning the pages long into the wee hours as you foolishly try to guess ahead and try to pit your brain against Cavanagh.

Twisted is a standalone thriller, so fans of the Eddie Flynn series will have to wait a little while for the next instalment.
But here, the plot is centred around a best selling author who likes to remain in the shadows, the identity of this author is shrouded in mystery and very few actually know the truth. All is going to plan until an innocent mistake unravels things for an unhappily married couple, revelations are uncovered and events spiral out of control as the body count rises.
With twists aplenty, there is much to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, questioning everything and wondering whether anything is as it seems!

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** My thanks to the folks at Orion and Tracy Fenton for my copy of this BRILLIANT book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

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.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

If you’ve somehow missed reading the books by Steve Cavanagh then get thee to a bookshop and remedy this immediately!  Or if you have an ereader device, then get digital copies and start reading, you will not regret it.

Fans of legal thrillers are in for a treat with Thirteen, this is an expertly plotted and paced novel that has characters that reach out to readers from the pages.
Eddie Flynn is a  reformed conman turned lawyer who can dazzle in the courtroom, his unique way of looking at facts and evidence means that he sees things differently, not accepting them at face value.  This insight proves vital for his clients, and in many instances seems to be just what he needs to convince a jury of the innocence of his client.  That is until he is brought in on this latest case, one where the evidence all points to one culprit and Flynn is expendable if it all goes wrong.

As if this weren’t enough, the author has crafted several richly detailed characters and there is one in particular that gives readers shivers.  Joshua Kane is an extremely intelligent killer, a psychopath with one of the most intricately planned modi operandi I’ve encountered in a long time.  And his determination to get a seat on the jury for the trial of movie and reality TV star, Bobby Solomon is astounding.
The real cleverness comes when Cavanagh writes from the perspective of Joshua Kane, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of the psychopath who will stop at nothing to achieve his sinister goals.   There were moments of reading what was happening in Kane’s mind that had me gasping in shock, or wanting to read with a hand over my eyes … the writing is so powerful that you cannot help but actually ‘see’ the scenes playing out in your mind like a film.

The writing is crisp and taut, the plotting is excellent and this is arguably one of my top reads of 2018.  Thirteen keeps readers on the edge of their seats and holds their attention for the duration, it’s one of those books that you actually want to read more than once, because the first read through you’re blown away by plot, but on a second read through you pick up on subtleties that Cavanagh deftly weaves throughout his writing.

Thirteen is all kinds of brilliant and I cannot recommend it highly enough!

verdict

 

You can buy a copy of Thirteen via:

Amazon UK
Wordery
Waterstones

 

About the Author:

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Steve was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At 18 he moved to Dublin and studied Law, by mistake, and went on to be a pot-washer, bouncer, security guard and call centre operative before landing a job as an investigator for a large law firm in Belfast, where he eventually qualified as a solicitor. He then moved to a smaller firm where he could practice in the field of civil rights law. Steve has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and often lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). Steve is also one half of the hysterically funny podcast duo, Two Crime Writers and a Microphone.

Social Media Links:

Twitter @SSCav
Website http://stevecavanaghbooks.com/
Two Crime Writers & a Microphone (Twitter)

 

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