#8 The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

It’s been over a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie’s back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy. Eddie only has forty-eight hours to defend Volchek in an impossible murder trial – and win – if he wants to save his daughter. 

Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use his razor-sharp wit and every con-artist trick in the book to defend his ‘client’ and ensure Amy’s safety. With the timer on his back ticking away, can Eddie convince the jury of the impossible?

Paperback | 320 pages

Publisher: Orion (11th February 2016)

So originally, I got the book ‘Thirteen’ by Steve Cavanagh, not realising it was the fourth in the series!! I can’t read books out of sequence, it fills me with the biggest bout of anxiety. I waited till Christmas when my Granny gifted me with the first three books of the series. It took me a long while to read this, not because it was difficult or anything but because life got in the way a little! Anyway, my first impressions were how intriguing the story is and I definitely got chills within the first couple of chapters.

This was very easy to read, I thought I might have had a little trouble because of the law court setting but I was able to navigate it rather easily.

Eddie Flynn was a very interesting character who spoke to me in levels as the story continued. I thought he was a easy character to connect to and an easy character to understand. I decided that I liked his character from early on in the book and I almost felt like I was standing besides him as the story continued.

The fast pace and the limited characters, made the book feel like it had a more intense line running through it. I really understood the emotions that Eddie was feeling as the story continued and I enjoyed his quick thinking and wit.

I was surprised by his character, he never quite acted how I was expecting but I was always waiting for the next surprise and the next twist. I am happy to have joined Eddie on this new start of his life, although his character clearly has a backstory and a past, I feel like he is embarking on a new chapter of his life and, as the reader, I’m ready to read that adventure.

I have the next 4 books in the series, and I’m now more eager to read them!

I found this very easy to visualise because the character pool and the scene settings were a small group. It was easy to become acquainted with the scenarios as they were happening and to visualise with clarity.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a slow read for me, a couple of chapters here and there after a long day. I enjoyed that it took me longer to read because I felt like I was savouring what I was reading. I found Eddie Flynn to be a very interesting character with so much room for exploration and development. I am happy to have been able to read this first book in the series and to have enjoyed it, it means that I will be able to read the entire series.

I think this is a perfect binge thriller that isn’t too dark or intense and can be read anywhere.

I actually finished the last few chapters on Sunday (yesterday), and it really helped to distract myself from the crippling migraine that was penetrating the left side of my head! For the 40 minutes that it took me to finish the book, I almost forgot about the intense head pain and the anxiety I was feeling about the day ahead.

I mentioned ‘binge-worthy’ above and that statement really is correct with this book. Great if you want to read a thriller/crime book that isn’t too heavy or intensely dark. It’s a fabulously quick read!

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