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Twisted – Steve Cavanagh | Book Review

A bit about me

Hi, I am Becky and I work at WoB HQ in the marketing team. I love to read crime and thriller fiction as I love to keep guessing until the very end. Many find most thriller fiction predictable and some of it is (yet this doesn’t detract from it being a favourite genre for me). I have the perfect book just for you that will have you guessing until the last page.

The book in question

The book I have loved so far this year is ‘Twisted’ by Steve Cavanagh, published by Orion on the 24th January 2019.

twisted steve cavanagh review

It is certainly one of those thrillers that the less you know of the story before you read it, the more exciting the ride! If you are a fan of Steve Cavanagh’s previous work with his four Eddie Flynn novels, don’t be disappointed as this is a standalone novel but the good old lawyer does get a cheeky mention which is a lovely nod to his previous work.

This book follows an author writing under the pen name J.T Lebeau, no one knows who he or she is, not even their publisher. Their acclaimed fiction books have many queueing outside bookshops (think Pottermania scale in the early 2000s). Everyone loves J.T. Lebeau and we can see why.

No time to catch your breath

The book is aptly named “Twisted” because just when you think you have a grasp on what is going on and you believe you know who J.T. Lebeau is, the rug is pulled from underneath you and you are spun around in circles. I lost count of how many times I thought I had worked it out and could see where the end was going only to find out that everything had changed and was upside down.

There are multiple narrators in this story to keep the momentum going and I did find the beginning a bit slow just as the scene was being set, but then it reaches a point quite early on where there is no time to catch your breath before you are thrown into twist after twist after twist. The plot and the twists are the sole focus in this book so you don’t really get time to empathise with the characters, but this did not bother me. They are flawed and complex which fits with the plot perfectly.

I discovered Steve Cavanagh’s books in 2018 when I read his latest incredible Eddie Flynn novel ‘Thirteen’. He is quickly becoming a firm favourite author for me.

If you love a story with a good twist and come on, who doesn’t? They do not come any better than this.

What does the blurb say?

“BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…”

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