PART OF BBC TWO'S BOOK CLUB BETWEEN THE COVERS
TWO SISTERS ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. THEY ACCUSE EACH OTHER.
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?
'911 what's your emergency?'
'My dad's dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'
'My dad's dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'
One of them is a liar and a killer.
But which one?
Your favourite authors LOVE Fifty-Fifty, the follow-up to the bestselling novel Thirteen:
'A terrific writer. He has talent to burn.' Don Winslow
'Trust me - it will keep you guessing until the very end.' Ian Rankin
'Unpredictable, daring and completely compelling. Top notch writing.' Alex North
'Very clever, darkly funny, moving, fast-paced.' Jane Casey
'Steve Cavanagh writes the best hooks in the business' Mick Herron
'Absolutely brilliant. Addictive, clever, pacy. Eddie Flynn is one of my heroes.' Jo Spain
'Intelligent, sophisticated and tense.' Mari Hannah
More Hi Jinks next time please
Irish civil rights lawyer. Series of legal thrillers involving New York conman turned criminal defence lawyer (there’s a difference?)
The ex-Mayor of NYC is brutally stabbed to death in his brownstone. His daughters, and beneficiaries of his will, both call 911, and accuse each other of the murder. Eddie snags the mentally disturbed loser daughter as a client, while a more upmarket hustler claims the respectable socialite one. Eddie might be a rough diamond with a shady past, but he has a moral compass, or believes he has. He also believes his client when she says she’s not guilty. Cue investigation, mucho legal and other shenanigans, a mafioso Jimmy The Hat (I love that name), yada, yada. Guilt remains in doubt until the verdict comes in, and after. Denouement predictably violent, as well as plain predictable.
Well-paced, suitably twisty, with a regular dose of wise cracks, like every other Eddie Flynn novel.
Another polished genre fiction by Mr Cavanagh, although I would have preferred more of Mr Flynn’s hi-jinks and less of his interior monologues.
Does pure evil exist? Yes!
This instalment of Eddie Flynn is rather gruesome. However, once again the plot is twisted, and fascinating to follow. A sad note, as one of the ‘good guys’ is murdered. The protagonist and supporting characters are great. Well worth the investment of time to read. (Note to self - read on Kindle.)
A thrilling read
For the Steve Cavanagh fans out there, you will pleased to know that I have come out from underneath my rock and have finally read one of his books! In the past, I would never had dreamed of reading a series without starting book one, let alone start at book five, but since starting my blog I have realised that I have been missing out on some great books, so now when I come across a book that grabs my attention no matter where it is in the series, I will read it!!
I must admit though, I still went in with some trepidation knowing that there would be vital information that I would have missed, but in this case, Steve Cavanagh immediately put my mind at ease and I had no trouble following along at all. The story that he has put together here focusses on the main storyline alone, without going into too much detail of previous books, whilst providing just enough to go on.
I love the plot for this book and I was so caught up in the drama of it all. Right from the beginning, Steve Cavanagh gets your attention and heart racing for what’s to come. Two sisters each blaming the other for the murder of their father, makes for such a fascinating read and I felt like I was on the jury watching it all unfold. The legality side of this book is just exceptional and until I finished the book and learn’t about Steve Cavanagh, I didn’t know that he was a lawyer, so he definitely uses his skills to the maximum level here.
Right off the bat I connected with Eddie Flynn. He has been expertly created as perfectly imperfect and he is a really great character. I did dig a little into his background from reading other reviews from previous books to enlighten myself, which did give me further insights into where he started, to where he is now. I also have to mention the sisters. Terrifying as they are, oh boy they have been created brilliantly to rattle you and they do this in spades!
I enjoyed the ease of Steve Cavanagh’s writing and the pace of the book. Everything flowed really well and there were no plot holes. Although I did predict where it was going to head, this did not ruin the enjoyment of the book for me and there were still some twist and turns and shocking moments to surprise me along the way.
All up Fifty Fifty is a twisted and chilling read that will keep you up until all hours, furiously flicking the pages to see how it is going to unfold. I hope to get a chance to go back and read the previous books, but I will be most definitely staying along for the ride for future books. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Fifty Fifty which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Steve Cavanagh, Orion Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Fifty Fifty which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.