When I picked this up (as I do at WHSmith in the get-one-half-off deal when I’m travelling), I didn’t know that this was in a series. I had picked it up because I’d been in a suspense/thriller mood all week and I wanted to sink my teeth into something engaging. Thirteen is part of the Eddie Flynn series written by Steve Cavanagh, but, to be honest, you don’t need to have read all the other books to enjoy this one. I loved it, even without all the context and previous character development. I’m actually going to go back now and read all the other books, just because I enjoyed this one so much.
A summary for you:
This book is based around an ex-con lawyer called Eddie Flynn, who has been pulled into a court case protecting a famous actor, who is being accused of killing his wife and her lover, in their home. The twist? The serial killer is sitting in the jury, watching the whole thing.
That’s all you need to know. If you haven’t read it and you love thrillers, I highly recommend going and getting it now. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, literally, shouting at my book because I got so frustrated with how brilliant this serial killer was. Now, if you don’t want spoilers, I recommend heading off, and coming back after you’ve read it.
So this book was fantastic.
I wouldn’t say I was an expert at the thriller/mystery genre of literature. I tend to sway more towards adventure/YA, but this book, made me want to try a lot more books in this style. Eddie Flynn, first off, is a very enjoyable character to read from. I think the split narratives on alternative chapters worked incredibly well. You got a chance to read both from Eddie Flynn’s perspective, as well as the serial killer himself. I think that’s what made it all the more heightened. Having the knowledge of the games and tricks this guy pulls, raises the suspense and overall atmosphere of the book. There would be many times where I would be sitting silently with my boyfriend (bless him), reading, and I would jump up and shout at the book “No, no, no he’s there! He’s right there on the jury, YOU IDIOTS, you’ve got it all WRONG!!!”
Judge Harry, Harper and Delaney were so likeable. I wanted to continue reading more books just about them and how their relationships develop. Again, this is the first time I’ve read a book in the Eddie Flynn series, I will be now going back and going bankrupt to buy the rest of them because I’m that obsessed with this book. What I think made it all the more likeable was the fact that even though this was a thriller, with an intense case, Eddie still had human situations going on around him. An example of this would be the dissolution of his marriage. He was struggling with wanting to have Christine, his wife, and Amy, his daughter, back in his life. It added the sense of distress and humanity that you need to have in a book like this, without it actually taking over the centre plot. It didn’t overwhelm the book, it was more like a sprinkle of cinnamon, dusted over the plot to add an extra bit of flavour.
There were so many twists and turns, some that I saw, some that I genuinely had no idea how Steve Cavanagh came up with such brilliance. The unfolding of the dollar bill markings and Richard Pena DNA blew my mind as well as the behaviour of the police cops on the investigation. Discovering that the serial killer on the jury was in a completely different alias to the one I thought he had all along, impressed me and stunned me. I had to read those pages over and over again, to try and understand what happened.
If you love thrillers, or a good book with plenty of suspense. Get it, and get it now.
(And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to head to my nearest Waterstones to get the rest of the series.)
Language/Style: 7 points
Story: 9 points
Plot: 8 points
Characters: 8 points
Favourite Quote: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”