My first book of 2021 is Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh. What a book. Two sisters, both in the house whilst their dad is brutally murdered and they each blame the other for it. So whodunnit?
This book is part of the Eddie Flynn series of books that Steve Cavanagh writes and although it was the first one of his that I’ve read, it certainly won’t be the last!
From the back of the book:
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?
The book opens on with each sister making their phone call to 911, both claiming the other had killed their father. It’s time to delve in and find out what on earth happened in that house.
The two sisters, Sofia and Alexandra are from a wealthy family; their father is a former New York mayor and their mother a former chess whizz. However, the girls have led very different lifestyles, one is all business and elegance; following in her father’s footsteps and the other has mental health issues, doesn’t socialise much and is a general outsider.
The murderer is known as ‘her’ and the book is in written from the viewpoint of Eddie Flynn (representing Sofia), the other defence lawyer Kate Brooks (who represents Alexandra) and ‘her’. I really enjoyed how the stories were all interwoven and you got to know everyone involved within a few chapters.
I have to say the way the book is written is to throw you off the scent hugely and I changed my mind on a chapter basis as to which one had done it. There are lots of red herrings in the book and I felt like I needed a corkboard, some red string and lots of pins to make sense of it!
Fifty Fifty can be read as a stand-alone novel too, which I thought it was at first! It’s only as the book went on, I realised that this was part of a series and I’m itching to get the first one and start from the beginning of Eddie Flyyn’s career. As an ex-con man turned good, I’m really interested in his character progression and Steve Cavanagh does such a good job making him such a well-rounded character.
For my first book of 2021, this was exactly what I needed to kick off the year! Fast-paced and dare I say it….unput-downable (if that is how you spell it)! This book had me up until 2am one morning to finish it, as I just had to know what was going to happen. It’s a great read, with good characters and a set of very scary sisters in their own ways. I recommend this to anyone who loves crime fiction.