Goodreads: TH1RT3EN (Eddie Flynn #4)
Publish date: 13 August 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Crime Thriller, Mystery
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 courtroom 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?
Wow, what an incredible ride! Again, I’m facepalming myself for not reading this as soon as I got it on NetGalley because I loved every minute of this fast-paced courtroom drama and crime thriller. This book was like reading an episode of Criminal Minds and I could so clearly picture everything unfolding before me as if I watching it on TV. I knew I had to read this one as soon as I read the synopsis and saw that “the killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury”! I mean, is there a cleverer way of catching the reader’s attention with a blurb like that? It definitely worked it’s magic on me.
TH1RT3EN is told in alternating POVs between Eddie Flynn and Kane. Kane is one probably one of the most terrifying and impressive serial killers I’ve ever read about. He’s one of the rare serial killers who’s not only incredibly intelligent but has the ability to hide his true nature and blend with society. He takes great pleasure in creating fear and lives for the thrill of causing harm and killing people. His level of self-awareness also gives him an up in pulling off some of the most gruesome crimes and pinning it on others. What makes him so unique as a serial killer is his meticulousness–I really got some Ted Bundy vibes from Kane with how little of himself he left at each crime scene and at how he so easily got away with murder for years! I don’t want to give away more details but there’s also something about him that gives him a greater advantage over other killers and it’s truly chilling.
Then we have Eddie Flynn, con-man turned lawyer, whose character really grew on me. He was the unknown underdog who awed me with his ability to constantly give the prosecution a run for their money throughout the whole trial, while simultaneously tracking down a serial killer! He was compassionate and still had that “human” factor that a lot of lawyers very quickly lose, but Flynn really stuck to his morals, and I loved his character all the more for it. Although this was the fourth book in his series, you don’t need to read the earlier books in order to understand what happens. There are some mentions of events that happened in his past that affected his personal life, which you get a small glimpse into, but it doesn’t affect the overall story.
I thought I had it all figured out by the end, but Cavanagh managed to twist it all up and shock me even more with the final reveals. Let me tell you, they were big reveals and I was shook to find that I had fallen so neatly into the web he weaved without considering other possibilities! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve never read a crime thriller like this before. It was fascinating to read from the serial killer’s POV, and it was just as good reading from the other perspective. Although there was initially some courtroom jargon that you need to get used to, I thought Cavanagh did a good job in explaining them; it really read like a Criminal Minds episode where the BAU explains things to the PD of whatever town they were in.
I was pretty surprised by how quickly Flynn’s character grew on me and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I’m very tempted to read the previous Eddie Flynn books, and I think I just might, but what I’m looking forward to even more is a continuation of his story from this point on. I’m really looking forward to it! If you’re looking for a unique, crime thriller full of action and twists, I would definitely recommend checking this out! Bear in mind, there are some scenes that are described fairly explicitly so if you’re not good with ‘gore’, I would read this with caution.
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was out on 13 August 2019.
Have you read TH1RT3EN or is it on your TBR?