Orion Books 3rd September 2020
Two sisters on trial for murder. Both accuse each other.
Who do you believe?
Alexandra Avellino has just found her father’s mutilated body and needs the police right away. She believes her sister killed him, and that she is still in the house with a knife.
Sofia Avellino has just found her father’s mutilated body and needs the police right away. She believes her sister, Alexandra did it, and that she is still in the house, locked in the bathroom.
Both women are to go on trial at the same time. A joint trial in front of one jury. But one of these women is lying. One of them is a murderer. Sitting in a jail cell about to go on trial with her sister for murder, you might think that this is the last place she expected to be.
You’d be wrong.
Wow! This book certainly packs a punch, starting with an early but almighty bang… the pace then didn’t let up until the final pages. A gruesome killing transpires to be much more, as the details emerged in this legal drama. As the blurb says, 2 sisters both accused of murder, both accusing the other, both seemingly telling the truth.
The book is written in alternating chapters from the perspectives of the 2 defence lawyers, one is Eddie Flynn and those familiar with Steve Cavanagh’s books will know that this is the 5th book in a series with this central character. By telling the story in this way we hear from the legal representation about their client – both believe the person they are representing is innocent and truthfully I found myself wavering as I heard the different perspectives, including time spent with their clients and considering the evidence of the prosecution.
Told in the first person voice of Eddie and the third person of the other defence lawyer, the book was both gripping and engaging. Intertwined between these chapters is the voice of ‘She’ – the killer, her identity is not revealed but her consideration of the evidence and her actions to ensure her ‘innocence’ are, to say the least sinister.
My first book by this author and so my first introduction to Eddie, I suspect there are some aspects of his back story that I have missed but that wasn’t a problem. I enjoyed this book immensely and I particularly liked the fact that it kept me guessing. The plot was detailed but remained easy to follow and I enjoyed the relationship between the 2 defending lawyers. Would I recommend it – absolutely, will I go back and read the other 4 books, yes quite possibly – TBR allowing. I am late to this party so would love to know if you have read any of this series and please do tell me your thoughts in the comments.
Thank you to Alex at Orion Books for sending me this proof copy – very much appreciated.
About the Author
Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He practiced civil rights law and was involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Norther Ireland legal history.
He retired from teh law in 2019 to write full time. His novel THE LIAR won the CWA Gold Dagger award while his follow- up novel THIRTEEN won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2019. TWISTED was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller.