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Fifty-Fifty Reviews

Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh


The Richard and Judy bookclub pick and explosive follow up to THIRTEEN

Steve Cavanagh

4.33 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 2 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781409185864

Two sisters on trial for murder. Both accuse each other. Who do YOU believe? The new novel from the bestselling author of THIRTEEN and TWISTED, Steve Cavanagh.

4 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
10 Sep 2020

"this thriller is bucketloads of creepy fun"

Eddie Flynn is a great lawyer but he has a problem – he wants the guilty to be punished and the innocent to go free. Not only does the law not work like that, but the case he’s landed with in Fifty-Fifty is particularly knotty: two sisters, both brought into the police station at midnight. As the sergeant there says: “Their pops was lying upstairs in the bedroom, torn to pieces. The sisters called the cops on each other. They’re both saying the other one killed him.” ...Split between the perspectives of Eddie, the lawyer working for Sofia’s sister, Alexandra, and the chilling voice of the unidentified killer, this thriller is bucketloads of creepy fun.


5 stars out of 5
7 Sep 2020

"Cavanagh triumphs once again with his ability to twist perceptions and sympathies"

Delving into the relationship between two sisters, both under suspicion for the brutal murder of their wealthy father. Steve Cavanagh triumphs once again with his ability to twist perceptions and sympathies. it's something that Sofia and Alexandra are more than adept at doing themselves, as each accuses the other of the crime. Only one is telling the truth and even their lawyers don't know which - and neither will you, until the very last moment. 

5 stars out of 5
Nina Pottell
1 Sep 2020

"I wolfed this down in three sittings and was gripped from page one"

A new author to me — why, oh why haven't I read his work before? I wolfed this down in three sittings and was gripped from page one. In this brilliant courtroom drama, sisters Alexandra and Sofie are on trial for the murder of their father. The twist? Each sister says the other did it. 

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
1 Sep 2020

" It’s all good, unclean fun, especially the battle between a young female lawyer and her sleazy boss"

Conman turned lawyer Eddie Flynn defends one of two sisters who each claim the other murdered their father, an ex-mayor of New York, by stabbing him more than 50 times. One sister is innocent; the other is a serial killer who tears round the city in tight black biker gear straight out of a Patricia Cornwell fantasy. Who should we believe: successful Alexandra or suffering Sofia? In case anyone is in danger of taking this seriously we are told: “every case is a game”, politics “is a dirty game”, and that the killer has been “playing a psychological chess game against her father and sister for years.” The court scenes are far more exciting than the multiple murders — Steve Cavanagh is a former Belfast barrister — and not unworthy of the great John Grisham.