Twisted by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav #Review @orionbooks #Twisted #mrsbloggsbooks
I hibernated from the cold weather and read this book in a day!
It’s the story of a bestselling author who wishes to remain anonymous and writes crime fiction books using a pseudonym J T LeBeau.
Who is he really though? It’s a very dangerous fact to know as those who did find out his or her real identity end up getting bumped off. The writer weaves their deaths into his fictional work without putting any suspicion on themselves.
A wife believes J T LeBeau to be her husband when bank details are found in a locked desk drawer for millions of dollars paid into his account via the J T LeBeau corporation.
Two police officers think they’ve discovered the author’s identity and end up in terrible danger.
The action is focused upon an American coastal town called Port Lonely which seems to be one that’s quite busy during the summer months and quiet during the winter months. A non-descript sort of town and perhaps the perfect place for a writer trying to be incognito.
I really liked the police officer characters Sheriff Abraham Dole with his dodgy knees but a fast draw with his service revolver and his Deputy Bloch, who was a woman of few words, which might be viewed as an anomaly by some ignorant types but she had an inner depth and was extremely astute at discovering the truth.
This really was a very addictive read and I couldn’t put it down. The plot I think was a unique one and I can’t say I’ve ever come across before.
I loved Steve Cavanagh’s previous book Thirteen and I’m pleased to see that I have more of his books on my kindle TBR. I’ll read them when I’ve got my breath back from reading this thriller that was more or less tense and action packed throughout!
I’m a fan of The Two Crime Writer’s Podcast that Steve Cavanagh runs with his fellow crime fiction writer Luca Veste and I read this book as if Cavanagh was narrating it in his Belfast accent. I could hear his voice throughout which felt a little surreal!
As the title might suggest, there are twists throughout and I’m not saying any more.
You’ll have to read it to find out.
Description and Praise for Twisted
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…
‘A fantastic read. You won’t be able to put this down.’Luca Veste
‘A fantastic standalone thriller. Punchy, ridiculously gripping, fast-paced, clever. Beautifully-plotted and incredibly fun to read. He’s done it again. SUPERB.’ Will Dean
‘In the words of the great Jim Ross, “Good Gawd Almighty”. What a heck of a year or so for Steve Cavanagh: his fourth novel THIRTEEN sold like hotcakes and was on many ‘best of the year’ lists, his third tale THE LIAR won the CWA Gold Dagger, and now this. Best yet? Devoured it in a day.’ Craig Sisterson
‘A corkscrewing rollercoaster of thrills, switchbacks, loop-de-loops and screaming good fun. Add it to your wish list!’ Mark Edwards
A fantastic standalone thriller. Punchy, ridiculously gripping, fast-paced, clever. Beautifully-plotted and incredibly fun to read. He’s done it again. SUPERB. (Will Dean)
A fantastic read. Guaranteed to be one of the big books of 2019. You won’t be able to put this down. It’s about time we found out the truth about JT LeBeau… (Luca Veste)
A corkscrewing rollercoaster of thrills, switchbacks, loop-de-loops and screaming good fun. Add it to your wish list! (Mark Edwards)
Steve Cavanagh must have sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads outside of Rosedale, Mississippi in exchange for becoming one of the world’s best crime writers. Just read TWISTED and he’s done it again. As edgy, gripping & brilliant as Thirteen. Steve is 5/5 (Adrian McKinty)
Which is the twistiest thing ever? A Twister lolly? A game of Twister? Twister, the movie, starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt? If you ask me, it’s Twisted by Steve Cavanagh! It’s got more twists than a Curly Wurly! (Stuart Neville)
In the words of the great Jim Ross, “Good Gawd Almighty”. What a heck of a year or so for Steve Cavanagh: his fourth novel THIRTEEN sold like hotcakes and was on many ‘best of the year’ lists, his third tale THE LIAR won the CWA Gold Dagger, and now this. Best yet? Devoured it in a day. (Craig Sisterson)
Looks set to cement his status as heir apparent to John Grisham. (Daily Express)
This killer thriller more than lives up to its name with twists that left me breathless. A surefire hitfrom this master of the genre. (Steph Broadribb)
Another cracking read which more than lives up to its name. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy as soon as you can. (Brian McGilloway)
If you enjoyed Steve Cavanagh’s last novel Thirteen, you’ll love his latest, Twisted. A class act in every sense. (Paul Burston)
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.
Follow Steve on Facebook at facebook.com/SSCav1 and Twitter @SSCav
With thanks to the publisher Orion for my ARC via NetGalley