Today, I will be sharing my review of Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh with you all.
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.
Fifty Fifty was the book I had been looking forward to the most this year, and when I was approved for a copy on NetGalley, I couldn’t have been more excited. Steve Cavanagh is one of my favourite authors, and this book definitely lives up to the exceptionally high level that he has already set with his previous books. This is the fifth book in the Eddie Flynn series, but I have found that every book, including Fifty Fifty could easily be read as a standalone.
From the very beginning, this book has you completely hooked, you are desperate to read on. I liked how the opening chapter is actually set after the murder, and during the trial. This chapter ends on a cliffhanger, before going back in time to the night of the murder for chapter 2, which really captures your attention, and gets you excited for what is still to come in the story.
I absolutely love the character of Eddie Flynn! Eddie’s personality brings a little light humour to the otherwise serious and dark situations that he finds himself in. He’s sarcastic, funny, isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and will stand by anyone who he believes is being wronged. Where a lot of lawyers only care about getting a win, Eddie genuinely cares about getting justice. He’s not your typical lawyer, and that is why this series of books is so enjoyable.
I also really enjoyed Kate’s character, who is new to the series. Initially, I felt sorry for her, and also a little frustrated that she was clearly holding back her real fighting spirit. But the way she got her own back, and then really stepped up was exactly what I wanted to see, and I was cheering for her the whole way through.
I love when thrillers have multiple POV, and in Fifty Fifty you see situations play out through the eyes and minds of quite a few different characters, but I particularly enjoyed that there were chapters from the murderer’s POV, without giving away the identity. If anything, those chapters made you even more unsure as to who did it!
From the very start, and throughout the entire book, I was constantly changing my mind as to which sister I thought had done it. The details of the murder are shocking, and absolutely brutal, and you couldn’t imagine either of the two sisters being capable of such horrors. I remained completely undecided until the identity of the murderer was revealed! So many twists were thrown in during the trial process that totally flip your theories upside down, and has you on the edge of your seat. It made it impossible to put this book down.
WHAT AN ENDING! So many things happened in those last few chapters that you could never have seen coming, it was tense, gripping, and full of action. And then you have the very last page of the book, which is so heart warming, but also completely heartbreaking at the same time, it caught me totally off guard, and actually made me quite emotional.
I am really hoping that there will be more books to come in the Eddie Flynn series, because I am definitely not ready to leave this character behind, and I doubt I will be any time soon.
A huge thank you to NetGalley and Orion for my copy of the book. I can’t explain how grateful I am!
I give Fifty Fifty a 5 star rating!