Twisted by Steve Cavanagh #BookReview #BlogTour


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…

It's my pleasure to be hosting the blog tour for Twisted today, alongside Rachel at Chillers Killers and Thrillers. Many thanks to Steve Cavanagh, Orion Books and Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me and for my advance copy of the book, received through Netgalley.

As somebody who reads a lot of crime, I feel a little guilty confessing that Twisted is my first Steve Cavanagh book. I've read so many fabulous reviews of his Eddie Flynn series, particularly Thirteen so can only use the so many books, so little time defence as to why I'm just now climbing aboard the Cavanagh rollercoaster but after reading the fantastic blurb for Twisted (a standalone novel), I was hooked.
When I say rollercoaster, I'm perhaps not really doing justice to the author's fiendish mind because Twisted goes beyond the routine ups and downs of your standard amusement park attraction; this is the ride with the full works - ups and downs, shocking twists aplenty, times where it seems that everybody is in the dark and those moments where it feels as if your heart is in your mouth. It does mean that it's not the easiest book to review because I really don't want to give away any spoilers but it's fair to say that if you're looking for a nail-biting thriller packed with surprises then this is the book for you.
Twisted asks one big question - 'Who is JT LeBeau?' He's a best-selling author whose reputation grew through word-of-mouth but apart from that, he is a mystery. Over the years, speculation has led to people alleging he is any one of a number of well-known authors, from Stephen King, to J.K. Rowling to James Patterson. Numerous newspaper articles have asked the same question; until now, his secret has remained intact but could somebody be about to make a shocking discovery?
A toxic marriage, two dogmatic police officers, a cat-and-mouse game of revenge and a very twisted author meant that I sped through the pages - this is most definitely one of those, 'just one more chapter' books. It's very much plot-driven  - and it does it really well  - but as result I wasn't quite sure of my feelings about most of the characters. For a little while it bothered me a bit but the twists kept coming and I realised that I was still having enormous fun reading this riveting novel.  And actually, as the book progresses, I grew quite fond of Officers Dole and Bloch as they try to untangle what little evidence they have. The story moves between the fictional affluent small town, Port Lonely to New York, Los Angeles and the Cayman Isles and each of the locations are described vividly giving a real sense of place to the book throughout.
Is Twisted entirely plausible? Probably not but it doesn't matter, it's such an entertaining read, I was happy to just give in to the thrills and see where the action took me. The surprises don't stop until the very end - if this is ever made into a film (and it would make a brilliant movie), I can imagine it will be highly advisable to stay seated until the end of the credits. Twisted is my introduction to Steve Cavanagh's writing but I'll be back for more, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Twisted is published by Orion Books, purchasing links can be found here.

Don't forget to check out some of the other stops on the blog tour, details are below.

About the Author

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for Dublin at the age of eighteen to study Law. He currently practices civil rights law and has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes). He is married with two young children.
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