Book Review: Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

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Published in Australia in February 2020 by Hachette.

Australian RRP: $32.99

Format: Trade Paperback

Page Count: 357

Genre: Mystery, Legal Thriller, Crime Fiction.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Hachette Australia:

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.

Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other.

Who do YOU believe?

‘911 what’s your emergency?’

‘My dad’s dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’

‘My dad’s dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’

One of them is a liar and a killer.

But which one?

My Review:

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.


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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