Thirteen - Steve Cavanagh
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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.
This book gripped me completely; it was so well-written and suspenseful. We meet the killer Kane straight away, but we aren’t aware of what his plans or goals are. It is clear he has them as he is putting a lot of effort into whatever he’s doing. We have no idea what is going on, but we know that Kane is a complete sociopath. The chapters interchange between Kane and a lawyer Eddie Flynn. At first, I wasn’t sure who’s chapter it was, but the lawyer is written in the first person, but Kane’s sections are narrated in the third person. We still know what he is thinking and feeling, but we are a little more removed from him than we are with Flynn. So once you understand the rhythm of the book, you know who’s section you are reading. As Flynn starts to uncover why the killer is doing what he is doing, we are also watching Kane’s plan unfold. Mini cliff hangers are happening throughout, but if Kane leaves you wondering what is going on, Flynn discovers it in the next chapter. It’s a lovely trail of bread combs being left by both characters. It was very cleverly written. I was a little disappointed with the ending; it felt a little bit too neat and tidy. I would have rather have had a more gritty finish. However, this did not distract from it being, overall, a fantastic book. I am certainly going to be back-reading the first three books of the Eddie Flynn series. Even though this is book four, you don’t really feel as if you have missed out any vital information. It can be read as a standalone without even realising it is part of a series.