Book Review: Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other.
Who do YOU believe?

‘911 what’s your emergency?’

‘My dad’s dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’

‘My dad’s dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’

One of them is a liar and a killer.

But which one?

This book was just stunning. I’ve read and enjoyed some of Cavanagh’s other books but this was another level yet again.

Eddie Flynn is back again with yet another complex case. This time has a real problem, he isn’t completely sure that his client is innocent, and for Eddie, the defence lawyer who only wants to see justice served that’s a big problem.

Eddie has Harper with him again for this case and we also get to meet Kate, a bright young attorney who if defending the other Avellino sister. She was a great addition and I enjoyed her chapters just as much as Eddie’s.

This book started at a fast pace with the Avellino sister both making their 911 calls accusing the other of murdering their father and didn’t let up until the last page.

This was such a clever concept for a crime novel with the reader not knowing which sister is the murderer either (we have chapters from the murderers perspective alongside Kate and Eddie’s but these are nearly titled ‘She’ and give nothing away.)

In fact I changed my mind so many times reading this book as to which sister I believed I almost gave myself mental whiplash. I only worked it out right at the point I was supposed to.

A masterclass in writing a crime novel I am hugely looking forward to the next from Steve Cavanagh.