FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THIRTEEN
'This guy is the real deal. Trust me.' Lee Child
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...
'A fantastic standalone thriller. Punchy, ridiculously gripping, fast-paced, clever. Beautifully-plotted and incredibly fun to read. He's done it again. SUPERB.' Will Dean
'Brilliant and devilishly twisty and turny.' C.L. Taylor
'Outstanding. Totally absorbing and compelling. Amasterpiece in thriller plotting - twists and turns at a ferocious pace, leading to a nail-biting conclusion.' Mel Sherrat
'Twisted and dark, another rip roaring rollercoaster ride.' Angela Clarke
'Looks set to cement his status as heir apparent to John Grisham.' Daily Express
'As nastily inventive as his highly successful Thirteen.' Sunday Express
'A fantastic read. Guaranteed to be one of the big books of 2019. You won't be able to put this down. It's about time we found out the truth about JT LeBeau...' Luca Veste
'A corkscrewing rollercoaster of thrills, switchbacks, loop-de-loops and screaming good fun. Add it to your wish list!' Mark Edwards
'Steve Cavanagh must have sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads outside of Rosedale, Mississippi in exchange for becomingone of the world's best crime writers. Just read TWISTED and he's done it again. As edgy, gripping & brilliant as Thirteen. Steve is 5/5' Adrian McKinty
In a note at the start of this clever standalone from Cavanagh (the Eddie Flynn series), the pseudonymous J.T. LeBeau, a bestselling thriller author, warns readers not to "believe a single word you read." Outside an L.A. theater where a memorial service is being held for LeBeau, Paul Cooper waits nervously, intent on shooting one of the mourners. Flash back four months. In Port Lonely on the East Coast, Maria, Paul's wife, who has begun an affair with Daryl Oakes, a waiter at the Coopers' country club, discovers a bank statement revealing that Paul has received $20 million from LeBeau Enterprises that he has concealed from her. Paul himself seems to be in hiding from a possible murderer. After Maria is brutally attacked and Paul disappears, local law-enforcement suspect Paul is involved in the attack and that Daryl also has a role; in any event, uncovering LeBeau's identity is crucial to cracking the case. Fresh twists on identity and motivation make up for some overly familiar final revelations. Cavanagh fans won't be disappointed, despite this not being his best.
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A bit too clever for its own good
There are some things that I find unappealing in crime fiction:
1) Books that are written from a certain point of view, but use grammar from a different point of view;
2) Stories set in small, sleepy towns that become the murder capital of the world;
3) Books that start part-way into the story, and then jump back in time (this goes for TV shows and movies, too); and
4) Books where so much is crammed into the storyline that the pacing is forced to speed up and slow down again.
"Twisted," by Steve Cavanagh, has them all.
Although set in the United States, with Americans as the characters, the grammar is British. The author seems to want to be known as that guy who has many twists and turns in his novels. There are twists and turns, alright, but they come at the expense of the pace, which is virtually non-existent. And because there are so many twists and turns, the omniscient narrator chooses to think through all the options for each character. Pace: Gone. A couple of times I almost stopped reading "Twisted" because of this.
What the book does have going for it is that it pits several intelligent characters against each other, so there is a bit of tension there. Overall, though, because of the way this book is written, I doubt I'll be investing any time in his Eddie Flynn series.