Hello friends and bookworms! I am sharing my review of Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh today… Published in 2018 and you can read the synopsis on Goodreads here.
I am thoroughly pissed off by this book, to put it bluntly. I was expecting a lot more from this book and I felt like it completely missed the mark. I found Thirteen to be a very forgettable book.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the prologue of this story and the opening chapter, but after those first few pages, it went downhill and I found myself getting more and more frustrated with the decisions the characters were making, how the characters were acting and just the book in general.
Throughout this whole book I kept expecting it to get better, for it to get more exciting, for it to improve and for it to be brilliant and it just never peaked.
The plot was, at points, downright ridiculous and just seemed like a pissing contest, as if whoever won the trial was the better lawyer. It felt like a badly written TV court drama.
The book was dragged out far more than it needed to be, and when we eventually got to the ending I felt tired and lethargic.
And after reading the ending I just felt as if I’d completely wasted my time reading the book, it was a cheap cop out and didn’t conclude what we had read for the last however many pages.
The characters are the only redeeming quality of this book. Kane was incredibly interesting, despite us not knowing much about him, we were kept guessing about who he was. We did get more of a background on him as the story progressed but almost like little breadcrumbs to keep us on our toes.
Eddie was another superbly written character, he seemed very morally grey which I loved! There was a lot of reminders and comments about his past as a con artist but I’m glad this wasn’t an overpowering theme through the book as it allowed us to get to know him better. I found him really endearing and you couldn’t help but like him.
On the whole, this book just didn’t hit the mark, it was very easy to forget and didn’t live up to the hype I was expecting.
Until next time, Em xxx