Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh #BookReview @SSCav @orionbooks @orion_crime


Author: Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Legal Thriller

Format: Paperback 368 pages

Release Date: 14 June 2018

Publisher: Orion

I purchased this book after hearing so many good things from fellow bloggers and reading such good reviews on Twitter. Plus I’m a sucker for anything with a legal thriller theme. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


‘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

This is the authors fourth novel featuring Eddie Flynn and whilst part of a series, is completely capable as being read as a standalone. I myself hadn’t read the previous books before reading this one but downloaded another book from the series to my kindle within minutes of finishing this one! 

Eddie Flynn is a con-man turned lawyer with a conscience who defends individuals accused of heinous crimes. He meets a young Hollywood star who has been accused of killing his wife and their Chief of Security after they were found in bed together. Despite the fact that the evidence is stacked against this movie star, Eddie sees something in the young man that makes him doubt his guilt in the matter and decides to assist in defending his case during trial. 

We actually find out very early on in the book who actually did commit the crime and whilst you might think that this could ruin the plot, it’s actually the opposite that is true. Because we as the reader are the only ones who are privy to the information of who actually committed the murders, the tension and suspense actually come from waiting to see if he gets found out or not. He’s managed to get away with his crimes for so long, and is so meticulous in his preparation and carrying out of the acts he seems unstoppable. 

Eddie despite being a bit ‘rough and ready’ is actually a really likeable character. He has a good back story, which I’m sure has been explored in greater depth in the previous books, but despite myself not having read these, I still found that this came across well if you were thinking of reading this book as a standalone. Eddie is the kind of character that makes great personal sacrifices to see that justice is served and because of this I really wanted him to succeed. It was a great game of cat and mouse between Eddie and Kane, the serial killer, and a true battle of wits and intelligence to see who would come out on top. Let’s just say, things aren’t always as they seem. 

The author has a fantastic writing style and delivers just enough information and clues at regular intervals which kept the story flowing at a good pace and kept me fully submerged and interested right up until the last page. I’ve never read a book with a story line quite like this one and I thought it was very clever. I’ve already purchased one of the previous books from this series and I have absolutely no doubt that over time I will purchase and read the rest.  

About the Author

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn series and lawyer. His third novel, The Liar, won the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the year 2018. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Thirteen, is out now. 

His first standalone book, Twisted, is released in the UK in April 2019. 

Find out more at or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

For more reviews and updates you can follow me on Twitter @BooksBucks

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Shalini says:

    I have heard of this book. Your review has made me want to rush to amazon… I am going there after this comment. Well written. Happy 2019 💕 💞

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Shalini. You won’t regret it! Great book, I rushed through it in only a couple of days. Happy 2019 to you as well x

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  2. I love this series! I started from the beginning, but like you said they read well as standalones too.

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    1. I only head about them when I saw people talking about Thirteen on Twitter. I will definitely be reading the rest of them though that’s for sure

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