Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5)
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 (Eddie Flynn #5) Details

TitleFifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 11th, 2020
PublisherFlatiron Books
ISBN-139781250207357
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Crime

Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5) Review

  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I spent most of this read with my eyes out on stalks and my mouth opening and closing like window blinds. Its a look, possibly not attractive. Eddie Flynns heart sinks. The jury in his latest trial defending Sofia Avellino has only taken 48 minutes to deliberate. Its not long enough. Sofia is jointly charged with her sister Alexandra with the brutal murder of their father, ex NYC Mayor, Frank Avellino. Both sisters made separate dramatic 911 calls on the night of the murder blaming the Well, I spent most of this read with my eyes out on stalks and my mouth opening and closing like window blinds. It’s a look, possibly not attractive. Eddie Flynn’s heart sinks. The jury in his latest trial defending Sofia Avellino has only taken 48 minutes to deliberate. It’s not long enough. Sofia is jointly charged with her sister Alexandra with the brutal murder of their father, ex NYC Mayor, Frank Avellino. Both sisters made separate dramatic 911 calls on the night of the murder blaming the other but which one is telling the truth? This explosive thriller is told principally by Eddie, ‘She’ who is one of the sisters who is an absolute monster and by Kate Brooks who defends Alexandra. This is one of the most gripping court room drama investigations I’ve read in a long time. It’s slick, fast paced, exciting, tense and extremely twisty. It’s well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the next jaw dropper. Some of the courtroom scenes are fantastic and you feel like you have a ringside seat as the experts are cross examined, you observe the sisters behaviour, see what the judge will do and what the antics of the prosecution lawyer will be. When the verdict comes in you almost hold your breathe! I love the characters especially Eddie and Kate is in the same mould as she won’t defend if it means the guilty go free. There are a couple of deeply unpleasant characters but I’m delighted to say one of those gets entirely the justice they deserve. Overall, absolutely brilliant - I was all in from beginning to end. Highly recommended. Many thanks to NetGalley and especially Orion for the ARC.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    This was one on my most anticipated reads for 2020 and it did not disappoint. I love a good legal thriller, growing up reading John Grisham novels with my dad. Steve Cavanagh is brilliant and writes the most original and addictive stories. Eddie Fylnn returns in his firth book but it can easily be read as a stand alone. In saying that, go back and read the others as they are all fantastic.Two 911 calls from the same location on the same night. 2 sisters, Sofia and Alexandra find their father, a This was one on my most anticipated reads for 2020 and it did not disappoint. I love a good legal thriller, growing up reading John Grisham novels with my dad. Steve Cavanagh is brilliant and writes the most original and addictive stories. Eddie Fylnn returns in his firth book but it can easily be read as a stand alone. In saying that, go back and read the others as they are all fantastic.Two 911 calls from the same location on the same night. 2 sisters, Sofia and Alexandra find their father, a former New York City mayor brutally murdered in his home. Each sister points the finger at the other, a relationship where there I no love lost. The two sisters must now try to prove their innocence with their lawyers in a joint trial. This is a very clever and twisty thriller that you will find hard to put down. It is quite graphic in its descriptions at times but don't let that put you off. Every time you think you know what is going on guess again! It will surprise and shock you.And I will never listen to She by Elvis Costello the same way again!!Thank you Hachette Australia for sending me an advanced copy of this book to read.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Steve Cavanagh gives us another fabulous addition to his great legal thriller series, set in New York City, featuring Eddie Flynn, ex-con man now lawyer, discovering the two share a remarkable similarity. It begins with Eddie awaiting the verdict on his latest court trial, he learns the jury have finished their deliberations after having been out for 48 minutes. The one thing that Eddie knows is that you cannot come to a fair and balanced verdict in this, the most complex of cases, in New York's Steve Cavanagh gives us another fabulous addition to his great legal thriller series, set in New York City, featuring Eddie Flynn, ex-con man now lawyer, discovering the two share a remarkable similarity. It begins with Eddie awaiting the verdict on his latest court trial, he learns the jury have finished their deliberations after having been out for 48 minutes. The one thing that Eddie knows is that you cannot come to a fair and balanced verdict in this, the most complex of cases, in New York's history, it just isn't possible. Usually Eddie is clear as to the upcoming verdicts in his cases, but this one has him floundering, he just can't call it, it could go either way, it is fifty-fifty as to which sister the jury finds guilty. The story then goes back in time to the beginning, when the city's emergency services receive two 911 calls in quick succession from estranged sisters, Alexandra and Sofia Avellino, at the home of their murdered father, Frank, the ex-NYC mayor, stabbed 53 times, with each sister accusing the other of the heinous crime. Eddie, who never takes on a client he believes is guilty, represents Sofia, knowing she is likely to be seen as the more guilty in the joint trial with her history of mental health problems in comparison with the more successful, and confident Alexandra. Kate Brooks is representing Alexandra in her first case since leaving Levy, Bernard and Groff after her traumatic experiences at the firm. Just like Eddie, Kate has a conscience, but she is just as convinced that Alexandra is innocent, and she will do everything in her power to ensure that she is found not guilty. One of the sisters is truly monstrous, having cold bloodedly planned to ensure she inherits Frank's $49 million dollar estate by ensuring her sister is found guilty of the murder, she is as guilty as sin, having spent a life time keeping her evil nature hidden, that rare beast, a prolific female serial killer, but is it Alexandra or Sofia?This tense, riveting thriller is related from the perspectives of Eddie and the other major players, including the murderous sister represented in the guise of she, with the reader left reeling and oscillating from one to the other of the sisters as the twists come thick and fast. For Eddie, once again tragedy strikes as he experiences an unbearable loss as a consequence of what he does. Cavanagh introduces Kate, another lawyer in the mould of Eddie, along with her remarkable life long friend and private investigator, Melissa Bloch, both women destined to return in future installments of this series. This is a hugely entertaining and compulsive addition to this wonderful series, although there were occasions when I felt Cavanagh overplayed his hand in the plotting with a little too much of a heavy touch. Many thanks to Orion for an ARC.
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  • bookswithpaulette
    January 1, 1970
    Eddie Flynn is back.. Im sold! Take my moneyI loved Thirteen and was super keen to get my hands on the latest Eddie Flynn installment . It is twisty, cunning, vicious and brutal. Thats all in the first few pages.The book starts out with a 911 call transcript from caller Alexandra Avellino. She reports her father has been stabbed theres blood everywhere. Alexandra hides in the bathroom, shes tells the 911 dispatcher shes coming up the stairs. I think she has a knife.Its my sister Sofia... but Eddie Flynn is back….. I’m sold! Take my moneyI loved Thirteen and was super keen to get my hands on the latest Eddie Flynn installment …. It is twisty, cunning, vicious and brutal. That’s all in the first few pages.The book starts out with a 911 call transcript from caller Alexandra Avellino. She reports her father has been stabbed there’s blood everywhere. Alexandra hides in the bathroom, she’s tells the 911 dispatcher she’s coming up the stairs. I think she has a knife….It’s my sister Sofia.….. but wait less than a minute later another 911 call comes in from the same house. Its Sofia on the phone, she’s found her father brutally murdered. She tells the dispatcher it was Alexandra she’s in the bathroom. Sofia is frightened and pleads for help, hurry she will kill me too.Frank Avellino was brutally murdered that night…. Who do YOU Believe? Enter Eddie Flynn. Both Sofia and Alexandra are on trial for murder in a joint trial. Which one is guilty, and which one is innocent? Eddie will represent one sister….. this book has so many twists and turns we have come to expect from Steve Cavanagh. I kept going back and forth on who the guilty party was.It’s a game of cat and mouse, clever, captivating and seriously addictive. I can highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next book. This is the third book I have read from Steve, he has quickly become a new favorite author.Thank you to Hachette Australia and Steve Cavanagh for my copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Steve Cavanagh writes original, fascinating, and addictive courtroom thrillers. This is the fifth book in the series, and these books get better and better. It was a clever, fast-paced book with a well-executed shocking, twisty plot. A series of vicious, sadistic, and gruesome crimes kept me nervous, surprised and riveted to my seat. I kept changing my mind about which of two sisters murdered their father, a former New York mayor. Each sister accuses the other of the brutal crime. Feelings of Steve Cavanagh writes original, fascinating, and addictive courtroom thrillers. This is the fifth book in the series, and these books get better and better. It was a clever, fast-paced book with a well-executed shocking, twisty plot. A series of vicious, sadistic, and gruesome crimes kept me nervous, surprised and riveted to my seat. I kept changing my mind about which of two sisters murdered their father, a former New York mayor. Each sister accuses the other of the brutal crime. Feelings of tension, suspense, and sadness were evoked. Eddie Flynn, ex-conman turned lawyer is a brilliant creation. Fifty-Fifty works well as a stand-alone. I felt this was a superb, puzzling legal thriller, one which should keep readers of crime novels entertained. Recommended!
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 😮🌪⚡😮🌟🌟🌟🌟s❗❗❗❗Fifty fifty was a great change of scenery!The concept caught my interest immediately! Two sisters accusing each other for their fathers murder!A very clever legal thriller that had me constantly alternating my guess of which one was guilty. Very well written and developed, adeptly paced, engaging, thought-provoking, I didnt want to put it down. All characters were amazing, the clues were there but artfully placed throughout the plot. The get-out-of-jail card erased my doubts and 4,5 😮🌪⚡️😮🌟🌟🌟🌟s❗️❗️❗️❗️Fifty fifty was a great change of scenery!The concept caught my interest immediately! Two sisters accusing each other for their father’s murder!A very clever legal thriller that had me constantly alternating my guess of which one was guilty. Very well written and developed, adeptly paced, engaging, thought-provoking, I didn’t want to put it down. All characters were amazing, the clues were there but artfully placed throughout the plot. The get-out-of-jail card erased my doubts and I was almost certain of the sister who should be convicted. It was a fantastic read‼️
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  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com3.5 starsMost killers Id come across I could make a stab at some kind of explanation for their behavior. Something in their past or their psychology that held the key to their reasoning and criminal behavior. I was always able to rationalize it.This time, there was no easy explanation. No key.This one I couldnt rationalize. Not really. There was something dark at the heart of this case.Something evil.Practicing civil rights lawyer and crime writer Steve *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com3.5 stars‘Most killers I’d come across I could make a stab at some kind of explanation for their behavior. Something in their past or their psychology that held the key to their reasoning and criminal behavior. I was always able to rationalize it.This time, there was no easy explanation. No key.This one I couldn’t rationalize. Not really. There was something dark at the heart of this case.Something evil.’Practicing civil rights lawyer and crime writer Steve Cavanagh presents a thrilling new courtroom drama in Fifty-Fifty. A vicious murder, two estranged sisters, one liar, innocent party and a challenged jury, make for a scintillating crime mystery in Fifty-Fifty.Sisters Alexandra and Sofia Avellino are estranged when they discover the body of their father, who has been viciously murdered. The sisters each accuse the other for this brutal murder, which sends the authorities into a state of disarray. When the two women face the courtroom for their trial, one jury is charged with the task of deciding which of the two sisters is guilty. It is unclear which of the two is the victim in all of this and which one is blatantly lying. Fifty-Fifty presents an unusual trial of epic proportions.I haven’t managed to read any of Belfast born and raised Steve Cavanagh’s work prior to receiving this book for review. I did purchase one of his previous titles Thirteen, which won the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2019. Thirteen was also a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller. Sadly it has been gathering dust on my crowded bookshelves, but now I’ve been introduced to Cavanagh’s writing, I hope to retrieve Thirteen from my shelves soon. Anyhow, for those who are familiar with Cavanagh’s work, this is fifth novel featuring his enigmatic lead, Eddie Flynn. For those who are unfamiliar with this character and series, it is easy to step inside Cavanagh’s murder mystery.The premise of Fifty-Fifty immediately sucked me right in, it was pretty explosive. Pitting two sisters against one another, with the lines of innocence and guilt blurred made for a perplexing, as well as unusual case. With the victim of this brutal murder being the father of these two women, who was stabbed over fifty times, made this case even more complex. When the case eventually makes its way into the courtroom, the lawyers charged with representing these two women are both convinced that their client is innocent. With one jury in control of the verdict, this is one absorbing case. I had no idea how Fifty-Fifty would pan out.Cavanagh extends the tension level in his latest novel by including an unnamed point of view simply labelled as ‘She’ beside his leads, Eddie and Kate. This stretches the ambiguity of the whole case. The reader is kept in the dark for much of the proceedings of this novel, with a number of twists, a good dose pf psychological insight and a few clues thrown into the mix. The narrative is divided into five parts which chronicles the murder scene right through until one month after the verdict. The prose is defined by clear and consistent pacing, that didn’t lag at any point. The chapters are also sharp and to the point, encouraging the reader to turn page after page at high speed. I appreciated the extra narrative flourishes in the form of 911 transcripts and journal entries, which added to the guessing game scenario this book presented to the reader. This is such a cryptic case, that I couldn’t decipher the guilty party.With fully fleshed out characters, with a focus on both Eddie, Kate, their respective teams and the supporting cast, Fifty-Fifty is one jam packed novel. It will keep you on your toes if you are a fan of the series, or a first timer. It really is a case of sitting back, strapping on your seatbelt and enjoy being taken for a wild legal ride, courtesy of thriller expert Steve Cavanagh.*Thanks is extended to Hachette Australia for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.*Book #3 of the 2020 International Male Author Challenge.
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  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    January 1, 1970
    EXCELLENT!!!My View:This read left me gobsmacked! What a perfect read.This is Steve Cavanagh at his very best and his best is GREAT! This was an unbelievably good read: it will astound you, confuse you and mesmerise you. This read will have you on the edge of your chair, holding your breath, jaws locked as you try and decipher the dual stories of pain and tragedy that end in revenge and bloodshed- so much blood. Sharp, clever and tension packed. This really was a thrilling read. And no, I didnt EXCELLENT!!!My View:This read left me gobsmacked! What a perfect read.This is Steve Cavanagh at his very best – and his best is GREAT! This was an unbelievably good read: it will astound you, confuse you and mesmerise you. This read will have you on the edge of your chair, holding your breath, jaws locked as you try and decipher the dual stories of pain and tragedy that end in revenge and bloodshed- so much blood. Sharp, clever and tension packed. This really was a thrilling read. And no, I didn’t guess/work out who the killer was. I doubt you will either.
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  • ↠Ameerah↞
    January 1, 1970
    Book #5 for the O.W.L.s readathon. ✔Amazing. Just brilliant. RTC.
  • Stuart McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    Steve Cavanagh has done it again! A remarkable story which will keep you on the edge of your seat (even if you are standing up!) You will not pick this ending, it will keep you questioning everything right up until the end. Truly there is no better title since you spend the whole book tossing up who the killer is, it really is Fifty-Fifty!
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Alexandra Avellino has just found her father's mutilated body. She believes her sister killed him, and that she is still in the house with a knife. She phones 911 and reports the murder. Sofia Avellino has just found her father's mutilated body. She believes her sister, Alexandra did it, and that she is still in the house, locked in the bathroom. She phones 911 and reports the murder. Both women are tried in a joint trial and Eddie Flynn is back, representing one of them. One is innocent and one Alexandra Avellino has just found her father's mutilated body. She believes her sister killed him, and that she is still in the house with a knife. She phones 911 and reports the murder. Sofia Avellino has just found her father's mutilated body. She believes her sister, Alexandra did it, and that she is still in the house, locked in the bathroom. She phones 911 and reports the murder. Both women are tried in a joint trial and Eddie Flynn is back, representing one of them. One is innocent and one is guilty. I loved the return of Eddie Flynn and his supporting cast. Cavanagh's writing is second to none in legal thrillers. I could not put this down. So many twists, the tension, the fractured family relationships, the suspense and the writing was just brilliant. Highly recommend.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    So much yes! To this book! To Eddie Flynn! To the direction I can see this series going in! Yes! Yes! Yes! After hitting a bit of a slump I turned to Fifty Fifty in the hopes of reawakening my interest in reading. I guess I inherently knew that Eddie Flynn could brighten even the dullest of doldrums. And it did not disappoint! Eddie Flynn is back, and this case is yet another doozie! Two sisters, each accused with murdering their father, each accusing the other. False leads, red herrings, So much yes! To this book! To Eddie Flynn! To the direction I can see this series going in! Yes! Yes! Yes! After hitting a bit of a slump I turned to Fifty Fifty in the hopes of reawakening my interest in reading. I guess I inherently knew that Eddie Flynn could brighten even the dullest of doldrums. And it did not disappoint! Eddie Flynn is back, and this case is yet another doozie! Two sisters, each accused with murdering their father, each accusing the other. False leads, red herrings, confusing evidence, and witnesses dropping like flies, it’s chaos-palooza! And it’s a dang good read!Steve Cavanagh has once again delivered a masterpiece of courtroom drama, disturbing narrative from the known yet unknown criminal, and a suspense laden ride that was both fast paced and unrelenting. RIP Harper, that was quite upsetting, but I see how it had to happen to push the series into a new dimension. Thrilled to read in the acknowledgments that there’s more Eddie Flynn on the way!
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  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    January 1, 1970
    Ive had Steve Cavanagh on my TBR for a while as I was intrigued by the idea of a courtroom drama series featuring a conman-turned-lawyer. When I was assured Fifty-Fifty, the fifth book in the series to feature Eddie Flynn, could be read as a stand-alone I decided to just jump straight in, and Im glad I did.In Fifty-Fifty, Eddie finds himself embroiled in a high profile, complex murder case when two sisters accuse each other of the brutal murder of their father, former NYC Mayor Frankie Avellino. I’ve had Steve Cavanagh on my TBR for a while as I was intrigued by the idea of a courtroom drama series featuring a conman-turned-lawyer. When I was assured Fifty-Fifty, the fifth book in the series to feature Eddie Flynn, could be read as a stand-alone I decided to just jump straight in, and I’m glad I did.In Fifty-Fifty, Eddie finds himself embroiled in a high profile, complex murder case when two sisters accuse each other of the brutal murder of their father, former NYC Mayor Frankie Avellino. The evidence suggests either, or both, could be guilty. Eddie is convinced that his client, Sofia Avellino, is innocent. One woman is lying. One woman is a murderer. But which one?I really enjoyed this clever, well paced, suspense laden novel. I generally don’t have any trouble predicting the guilty party in books such as these, but for almost the entire length of the story I truly felt either sister, Sofia or Alexandra, could be have been responsible for stabbing their father over 56 times.I warmed to Eddie and his associates, Harper and Harry immediately, as well as his (not exactly but sort of) co-counsel, Kate Brooks and her investigator, Bloch, both of whom it seems will have a significant role in the series going forward.Fifty-Fifty is sharp, smart and surprising. Even if I can’t find the time to read the first four books in the series, I’m looking forward to continuing with it.
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  • Hanlie
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely brilliant as usual. So many twists and turns it leaves you feeling lightheaded! Steve Cavanagh is one of my absolute favourite authors.
  • Jay Dwight
    January 1, 1970
    Great to have my current favourite fictional lawyer, Eddie Flynn, back on the pages.Steve Cavanagh is a master at coming up with premises that hook you just from reading the blurb on the cover. A high profile New Yorker is murdered in his home. His two daughters each make 911 calls from inside the house, at virtually the same time, each accusing the other of being the murderer.The unusual premise leads to a fast paced story that you do not want to put down. Mr Cavanagh delivers another cracking Great to have my current favourite fictional lawyer, Eddie Flynn, back on the pages.Steve Cavanagh is a master at coming up with premises that hook you just from reading the blurb on the cover. A high profile New Yorker is murdered in his home. His two daughters each make 911 calls from inside the house, at virtually the same time, each accusing the other of being the murderer.The unusual premise leads to a fast paced story that you do not want to put down. Mr Cavanagh delivers another cracking read.
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant read, all the ⭐ review to follow nearer publication day Brilliant read, all the ⭐️ review to follow nearer publication day
  • ⋆ yel ⋆
    January 1, 1970
    another case for eddie flynn? YES PLEASEEEE!
  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    I came across Irish author Steve Cavanagh's name last year when his 2019 novel Thirteen won Crime Novel of the Year at Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (which - incidentally - I've fantasised about attending someday). He was also  touring with a number of other authors I knew so I kept seeing him on social media again and again.It wasn't until later I realised I'd actually read one of his books - The Liar in 2017 - which I really enjoyed. And of course I heard (only) fabulous I came across Irish author Steve Cavanagh's name last year when his 2019 novel Thirteen won Crime Novel of the Year at Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (which - incidentally - I've fantasised about attending someday). He was also  touring with a number of other authors I knew so I kept seeing him on social media again and again.It wasn't until later I realised I'd actually read one of his books - The Liar in 2017 - which I really enjoyed. And of course I heard (only) fabulous things about Thirteen, and though I've not read it I really must. More so now I've read the fifth in the series featuring Eddie Flynn, Fifty Fifty.I mention in my review of The Liar that it's only when I read a legal procedural that I'm reminded how much I enjoy them. I'm also reminded that though once they were a dime a dozen and they're now as rare as hen's teeth. (Apologies for the idioms but you get what I mean....)Read my review here: https://www.debbish.com/books-literat...
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  • Hayley (meet_me_at_the_library)
    January 1, 1970
    Are you a thriller fan? Do you consider yourself to be a bit of an armchair detective? Then you need to read this bookits bloody brilliant! And it will keep you guessing right to the very end. I went back and forth on who I thought the killer was for most of the book. Its so cleverly done! Its written with just enough ambiguity to make you believe the story could go either way, and the plotting is superb.I read (and loved) Twisted last year, but this is the first Eddie Flynn novel Ive read. Are you a thriller fan? Do you consider yourself to be a bit of an armchair detective? Then you need to read this book—it’s bloody brilliant! And it will keep you guessing right to the very end. I went back and forth on who I thought the killer was for most of the book. It’s so cleverly done! It’s written with just enough ambiguity to make you believe the story could go either way, and the plotting is superb.I read (and loved) Twisted last year, but this is the first Eddie Flynn novel I’ve read. Whilst I didn’t feel like I needed to have read the others to make sense of this one, you can be sure I’ll be going back and reading them now because Eddie, a conman-turned-lawyer who refuses to represent guilty clients, is such a great character.I highly recommend adding this one to your TBR folks. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read... and I’ve read a lot!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jackie Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    This was fantastic!The only reason its getting a 4.5 and not a 5 star rating is because Im not usually a huge fan of the legal thriller genre and there was a LOT of legal work thrown in here.I was genuinely so unsure about who was the killer! My poor husband had to deal with me acting like a crazed lady, telling him all of my wild theories about whether it was Sofia or Alexandra.Would definitely recommend giving this a read - its dark, grizzly and twisty! This was fantastic!The only reason it’s getting a 4.5 and not a 5 star rating is because I’m not usually a huge fan of the legal thriller genre and there was a LOT of legal work thrown in here.I was genuinely so unsure about who was the killer! My poor husband had to deal with me acting like a crazed lady, telling him all of my wild theories about whether it was Sofia or Alexandra.Would definitely recommend giving this a read - it’s dark, grizzly and twisty!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This book is great and the character...bad guy turned good...Eddie Flynn is the best. Frank Avellino has been murdered and his two daughters are accusing each other. Eddie Flynn has a nose for who is telling the truth and on this basis he agrees to represent Sofia. Kate Brooks has just set up her own company after walking away from a firm where she was constantly overlooked, belittled and sexually harassed. She is sure Alexandra is innocent and is building a case to defend her. One of these This book is great and the character...bad guy turned good...Eddie Flynn is the best. Frank Avellino has been murdered and his two daughters are accusing each other. Eddie Flynn has a nose for who is telling the truth and on this basis he agrees to represent Sofia. Kate Brooks has just set up her own company after walking away from a firm where she was constantly overlooked, belittled and sexually harassed. She is sure Alexandra is innocent and is building a case to defend her. One of these girls is guilty and both parties are sure it isn’t their girl. Soon witnesses start being killed and Eddie and Kate must work together to find out who the killer is. The story has fantastic characters, and the twisty turning nature of the book makes you rethink your ideas time and again. Excellent read.
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  • Andy Angel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Just wow!!!This latest Eddie Flynn case had me guessing all the way. Thought I knew who (I was right) but wasn't sure. This series just keeps getting better
  • Selina
    January 1, 1970
    My biggest problem as a lawyer is I want the guilty to get punished and the innocent to go free. And the law doesnt work that way. Never has. Never will.Eddie isnt like other defence lawyers. He only takes on cases if he 100% believes his clients are guilt free. He hasnt been wrong yet. He is likeable, stands up for whats right and is not afraid to get on the wrong side of the law as a means to an end. After all, hes been there before...Kate is driven, smart and wants to make it at her new law ‘ My biggest problem as a lawyer is I want the guilty to get punished and the innocent to go free. And the law doesn’t work that way. Never has. Never will.’⁣⁣Eddie isn’t like other defence lawyers. He only takes on cases if he 100% believes his clients are guilt free. He hasn’t been wrong yet. He is likeable, stands up for what’s right and is not afraid to get on the wrong side of the law as a means to an end. After all, he’s been there before...⁣⁣Kate is driven, smart and wants to make it at her new law firm, working under the famed Theo Levy. But, working against her is the boy’s club culture and the lecherous hands of her boss. ⁣⁣Frank Avellino is found murdered one night in his home. The two suspects are both of his daughters. Both are hiding in the house at the time of the crime. Both call 911 at the same time, blaming each other for the murder. One is a poster child for stability and success. The other has a history of mental health and addiction issues, drug addiction and violence. What really happened that night? ⁣⁣The clues are dropped deftly and skilfully throughout the chapters. The seeds are planted, the reader just has to find and follow them. This book was PHENOMENAL. Finally the kind of thriller I was craving. Fast paced, detailed, grounded in logic yet still mind boggling. I was never once pulled out of the story thinking ‘Yeah right!’ which usually happens a lot with thrillers for me. ⁣⁣I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves thrillers, mysteries and even those that don’t. It totally blew my mind. Plus, I’ll never think of ‘...baby one more time’ the same way again 😩..Thank you to @hachetteaus for generously supplying me with the book in exchange for review. 🥰.
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  • Darina kelly
    January 1, 1970
    So so soooo good! Steve Cavanagh is a genius. I loved every bit of it
  • Cas
    January 1, 1970
    Initial thoughts: remind me why I still havent found time to read the first three Eddie Flynn books?Honestly Steve Cavanagh always has the most amazing book ideas, as well as the skill to execute them successfully. I really didnt know who the killer was until the very end, the carefully placed clues throughout the book pointing one way than the next. (view spoiler)[Who let Harper die though 😭 (hide spoiler)] Its such a treat to read Eddie Flynn books and I cant wait for the next one!~I received Initial thoughts: remind me why I still haven’t found time to read the first three Eddie Flynn books?Honestly Steve Cavanagh always has the most amazing book ideas, as well as the skill to execute them successfully. I really didn’t know who the killer was until the very end, the carefully placed clues throughout the book pointing one way than the next. (view spoiler)[Who let Harper die though 😭 (hide spoiler)] It’s such a treat to read Eddie Flynn books and I can’t wait for the next one!————————————————————~I received a copy from Hachette NZ and willingly reviewed it~On the night former New York mayor Frank Avellino is murdered, two 911 calls are made from the house. His daughters, Sofia and Alexandra, are the callers; each accuses the other of murdering their father. The evidence is inconclusive and points to both girls, the situation made more complex by way of a joint trial. But only one is innocent; will the killer be convicted or set free?I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, Steve Cavanagh’s books have the best concepts ever. And not only that, the execution is flawless. My highlight is a particular scene from the killer’s perspective where she’ going after someone and we don’t know who, but the perspective shifts blur the whole thing and make the reveal a complete shock. The clues strewn throughout leave room for ambiguity and debate about which sister is the killer.Without giving too much away, we said goodbye to one of my favourites in this book, which is really sad, but we welcome two new amazing characters; Kate Brooks and her best friend, former police officer turned private investigator Melissa Bloch. And a new canine addition to the family! Eddie was Eddie, amazing and clever all the way. Characterisation wise Theodore Levy wins, I love that he’s constantly pulling up his pants.The entire time it felt like I was on a seesaw, unable to decide who the killer was. And yes, one of them is the killer, no loopholes are used. Constantly swinging back and forth; Sofia, Alexandra, Sofia, Alexandra… The two are polar opposites in many ways and that’s part of why it was so hard to call, the true nature hidden until the end. Once again Steve Cavanagh writes chapters from the killer’s perspective as I briefly touched on earlier, which makes the book that much more exciting and complex.Fifty-Fifty is a brilliantly woven tale exploring two multifaceted characters who have had a messy childhood that’s defined them in wholly different ways. It has the signature Eddie Flynn class that comes with a well-developed main character, and enough support from other fabulous characters. Fifty-Fifty isn’t a novel you want to miss; if in doubt, go read all of Steve Cavanagh’s other books.
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  • Brooklyn Tayla
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.Fifty Fifty sees rouge criminal turned lawyer Eddie Flynn take the stand as defendant of one of the sisters in the Frank Avellino murder case. Now, Eddie firmly believes right from the get go that his client Sofia is innocent. Therefore, I was inclined to agree with him. Sofia was portrayed as the lesser steady of the two sisters, having had unhealthy habits I received a copy of Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.Fifty Fifty sees rouge criminal turned lawyer Eddie Flynn take the stand as defendant of one of the sisters in the Frank Avellino murder case. Now, Eddie firmly believes right from the get go that his client Sofia is innocent. Therefore, I was inclined to agree with him. Sofia was portrayed as the lesser steady of the two sisters, having had unhealthy habits throughout her life, from not being mentality well from a traumatic childhood. Sofia, who desperately called 911 to say that it was her sister, the golden daughter Alexandra, who brutally slaughtered their Father and was soon to kill Sofia.However….Alexandra made an identical call to 911 stipulating that Sofia killed their Father and was coming after Alexandra next!Honestly, there was not one point where I could’ve called who was the murderer in Fifty Fifty. Was it Sofia? Was it Alexandra? Were they co-consperitors? As I was introduced to Eddie Flynn and started to feel how strongly convinced he was that his client was innocent, I was definitely compelled to feel the same. However, I did still wonder in the back of my mind if it were Sofia that was behind the She chapters, but again, it wasn’t something I could confidently pick. The She chapters were completely chilling and mystifying too, packed to the brim of a bloodthirsty narrator with lust for revenge against her Sister, a hate as strong for her that was as strong as the loathing that she had for their Father, former New York City Mayor, Frank Avellino.At the defence of Alexandra Avellino is Kate Brooks, a fletchling Lawyer who honestly as a character I was equally engaged with as I was with Eddie’s chapters. Kate is such an exceptionally admiral character throughout and I loved her development! She goes from being a newbie case note taker in the Avellino murder trial to independent Lawyer supporting and defending Alexandra Avellino, the sparkling golden Daughter with the supposedly perfect lifestyle, a high flying real estate career, known as the doting Daughter to Frank, who is so distraught at her sister for murdering their Father. As I was drawn into Kate’s narrative, I was starting to wonder if potentially Alexandra was innocent and that maybe Sofia had killed Frank. Honestly though, I truly couldn’t predict though!Kate completely believed in Alexandra’s innocence….Eddie believed in Sofia’s…..Fifty Fifty is the first legal Thriller that I’ve read, I must admit I hadn’t read any of Steve Cavanagh’s prior Eddie Flynn novels, but I’ll definitely be going back and revisiting them! I absolutely adored Eddie’s character right from the start, I was always with his beliefs that Sofia was innocent and found his no nonsense yet humane ways in the courtroom. Whilst he firmly believes that Sofia isn’t a killer, he isn’t sure that Alexandra is either! I admired the fact that Eddie wasn’t particularly compelled to shame and break Alexandra in Court either, he just wants his client acquitted and cleared. Naturally, Kate just wants Alexandra to be cleared too.Fifty Fifty is honestly one of the most addictive, fast paced novels that I’ve read! I’m totally giving it 5  because I cannot fault it! The premise of sister-against-sister, with one possessing a vendetta against the other, with no comfortable way to guess who was behind the crime and with both Kate and Eddie at the helm of their respective cases, it was just even more addictive and suspenseful knowing one of them was wrong, that one of their clients was a murderer!!
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  • The Lucky Find Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap this book was so good! this was my first Steve Cavanagh book and therefore my first introduction to character Eddie Flynn. You can definitely read this book without having read any others though. The story starts with with a 911 call from Alexandra she tells the operator her sister Sofía has murdered their father and is still in the house. But at the same time there is also a 911 call from Sofía claiming that Alexandra has killed their father. The two 911 calls are almost identical but Holy crap this book was so good! this was my first Steve Cavanagh book and therefore my first introduction to character Eddie Flynn. You can definitely read this book without having read any others though. The story starts with with a 911 call from Alexandra she tells the operator her sister Sofía has murdered their father and is still in the house. But at the same time there is also a 911 call from Sofía claiming that Alexandra has killed their father. The two 911 calls are almost identical but only one of the women is telling the truth. What follows next is a sinister tale of gruesome murders and cover ups. Fifty Fifty is written from multiple character perspectives; there’s Eddie Flynn the lawyer for Sofía, Kate Brookes lawyer for Alexandra and then we hear from “she”. “She” is the murderer and she works hard to cover up her crimes to make sure that she will walk away free and her sister will take the fall. She is dangerous and lethal but which sister is she? You won’t find out until the very end and if you think you’ve figured it out you probably haven’t because Steve Cavanagh throws in twists and turns every chance he gets.I literally couldn’t put this book down, I had so many other things I should have been doing but I just had to finish this book first. It’s fast paced and action packed there’s definitely no lull halfway through. If you love crime fiction and murder mysteries then you must read this one!
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  • Amalie_reads
    January 1, 1970
    Fifty Fifty is Book 5 in the Eddie Flynn Series. Whilst it can definitely be read as a stand alone Im very much looking forward to reading the other books in this series as Eddie is such a strong likeable character. The story centres around sisters Alexandra and Sofia Avellino who both make near identical 911 calls stating that they have found their fathers body and their sister killed him. Both women go on trial at the same time for a joint trial with one jury but which one of them is lying? Fifty Fifty is Book 5 in the Eddie Flynn Series. Whilst it can definitely be read as a stand alone I’m very much looking forward to reading the other books in this series as Eddie is such a strong likeable character. The story centres around sisters Alexandra and Sofia Avellino who both make near identical 911 calls stating that they have found their father‘s body and their sister killed him. Both women go on trial at the same time for a joint trial with one jury but which one of them is lying?Once I started I couldn’t put it down. Cavanagh is a brilliant writer and I was completely captivated by the story which kept me guessing right until the very end. I would most definitely recommend it those who enjoy legal thrillers.This was my first Steve Cavanagh book and I can’t wait to read his others and now understand why so many people have spoken so highly of his writing. I want to thank Hachette Australia for generously providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Livvy Nicklaus
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of John Grisham and James Patterson will love this legal thriller. It's my first time reading a Steve Cavanagh book and although this is number 5 in a series it can easily be read independently. If you like to challenge yourself, to try and be smarter than the detective or the killer this is the book for you. But I doubt you'll figure it out, the twists and turns were very surprising. I give this book 4.5 stars.Thank you Hachette Australia for this copy in return for my honest and Fans of John Grisham and James Patterson will love this legal thriller. It's my first time reading a Steve Cavanagh book and although this is number 5 in a series it can easily be read independently. If you like to challenge yourself, to try and be smarter than the detective or the killer this is the book for you. But I doubt you'll figure it out, the twists and turns were very surprising. I give this book 4.5 stars.Thank you Hachette Australia for this copy in return for my honest and independent review.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I was blown away by this book. Honestly I did not think there was any chance he could top his last book Thirteen which was amazing but this one has blown it out the water. In this story we meet two sisters both have been arrested for murdering their father. One of them did it but the question is what one and as the two team set up their cases and the bodies start piling up the question is which of the convincing sisters is actually pure evil? I loved the twists and turns of this novel as we read I was blown away by this book. Honestly I did not think there was any chance he could top his last book Thirteen which was amazing but this one has blown it out the water. In this story we meet two sisters both have been arrested for murdering their father. One of them did it but the question is what one and as the two team set up their cases and the bodies start piling up the question is which of the convincing sisters is actually pure evil? I loved the twists and turns of this novel as we read the inside thoughts of the actually murder but which sister is she and are any of the defence team safe?
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