Monday 27 April 2020

Fifty Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5) - Steve Cavanagh

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?

What did I think?

Although I have been collecting the Eddie Flynn novels I hadn't read any of them until I received a copy of Fifty Fifty, the fifth book in the series.  Usually, I wouldn't start an established series so far along but the synopsis of Fifty Fifty was just too intriguing to resist.  You can definitely read Fifty Fifty as a standalone, like I did, but it's so outstanding that it's given me a voracious appetite to devour all of the previous books in the series.

I love courtroom thrillers and a large part of Fifty Fifty is based in the courtroom so I was in my element reading the prosecution and defence arguments and tactics.  Steve Cavanagh writes with such vivacity that I felt as if I was watching proceedings from several viewpoints; simultaneously sitting in the public gallery watching events unfold whilst also being judge and jury as the evidence was set out before me.  Two sisters, Alexandra and Sofia, are on trial and one of them killed their father so the question that was constantly on my mind was: which sister did it? 

This is my first introduction to lawyer Eddie Flynn and I love him!  I love his quick thinking, clever mind and his unconventional approach that pushes the boundaries of the law to breaking point.  Defending Sofia, Eddie is up against new lawyer Kate Brooks, who is defending Alexandra.  Kate set up her own law firm when she had enough of her boss making unwelcome advances and she took Alexandra with her as her first client.  Kate really comes into her own when she leaves the big firm; it was like they had clipped her wings and kept her in a cage and now she is flying solo she can spread her wings and be the brilliant lawyer she is destined to be.

With a cunning and crafty plot, Fifty Fifty kept me guessing from beginning to end.  My eyes were racing full steam ahead as I rushed to discover who the killer was and I had to consciously stop them from skipping down the page before I had a chance to read every word.  I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest at one point, when one of the double defence team is under threat and Steve Cavanagh cleverly has several characters hearing a knock at the door.  That was absolutely heart-stoppingly brilliant and deserves a virtual round of applause.  The whole book deserves a standing ovation and I'm certainly crying out for more (both past and future).

Absolutely brilliant, I can't recommend Fifty Fifty highly enough.  Steve Cavanagh certainly has a new fan here and I'm sure he's scooping up many more with this outstanding addition to the Eddie Flynn series.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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