Hello! Today I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour (shared with the lovely Emma the little bookworm) for the incredible Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh.
About the book
THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL. HE’S ON THE JURY…
They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind. What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?
What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?
First of all: the tagline, #thatbookthathook? Spectacular. The cover, with its stylised TH1RT3EN? Genius. The book itself? Bloody marvellous!
To start with, this was a step outside of the norm for me. I don’t think I’d read any legal thrillers before and my only previous experience has been Perry Mason, The People v. O.J. Simpson and My Cousin Vinny! However, with its thrilling, twist-filled plot, Thirteen has converted me totally and I will definitely be reading the rest of this amazing series.
Thirteen is completely compelling from the first page. Despite knowing whodunit and what the set-up is going to be, watching it unfold is fascinating. Every step of the way is tense, gripping and suspense-filled and watching Joshua Kane’s machinations is both impressive and terrifying. He is a great bogeyman and one of those chilling villains that, despite yourself, you are actually rooting for at certain points!
Eddie is also a great character: moral, smart, funny, brave – I grew really fond of him throughout the book and am looking forward to seeing more of him in the rest of the series. The supporting characters are also well-drawn and entertaining.
The complex plot is incredibly clever and Steve Cavanagh is extremely talented. The legal side of Thirteen is enthralling, the mystery is gripping and the twists: O.M.F.G! Yes, you might have to suspend your disbelief at one or two points but bloody hell it’s worth it; I did and it was bloody brilliant!
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Orion for my copy of Thirteen and to Tracy Fenton for my stop on the Blog Tour.
My TH1RT3EN verdict
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