Monday 31 August 2020

Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5)Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 320

Publisher - Orion

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

My Review

We hear the emergency calls, placed by both sisters, each accusing the other of murdering their family, a very high profile individual. Big name lawyers are all over this, to represent the stable sister and for the sister who has had many problems in comes our fave, Eddie Flynn. Both sisters will go on trial, a joint trial, one is guilty, one is innocent but who?

I love Eddie Flynn and had bought the previous books, I think I started on number 4, I know I know, reading out of sequence, shocking. Anyway, as per I get caught up in other books and forgot to go back, then I picked this up. You can't help but like Eddie, bit rough around the edges, he has a background but he is a good guy. He doesn't defend folk unless he believes their innocence so he is, after speaking to her, going to defend Sophia. After a whole bunch of shady crap he is up against Alexandra's lawyer, someone he respects, she believes her client is innocent, both can't be telling the truth.

As the book progresses we get to know more about both defendants (and their lawyers) and inbetween the chapters we hear from the killer :O We know not who is it but they are vicious, calculating and will stop at nothing to keep their freedom and see their end plan!

Ooft had time permitted I would have read it in one sitting, I flipped back and forth on who it was but to be honest you are pretty much kept guessing along the way. Outwith the murder/trial there was some shady behaviour from a scumbag lawyer against his female employee, one lady in among "the boys club" - I was pretty invested in that story line too.

Pacey, twisty, shocking, engaging - I really do need to get my tbrm sorted and read the earlier Eddie books, 4.5/5 for me this time, absolutely recommend.

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