It's hard to resist Cavanagh's mix of high-wire plotting and higher octane action.
This dazzling serial killer thriller set in Manhattan is written by a Dublin-based civil rights lawyer. One of the most accomplished legal dramas I have read this year, it reminds me of Scott Turow's stunning Presumed Innocent. The trial itself reveals Cavanagh's astonishingly sure touch for character and the skill of his serpentine plotting.
Cavanagh sets a cracking pace ... a genuine, read-in-one-sitting page-turner.
A superbly intriguing, hooky, grippy, twisty, clever thriller that kept me up all night.
Great hook and the book lives up to it!
A brilliant, twisty, ingeniously constructed puzzle of a book. Steve Cavanagh pulls off an enviable premise with panache.
A cracking premise.
This incredibly skilful novel deserves nothing less than five stars. It would be a crime to miss it.
A twisty clever read.
Believe the hype, folks. This is one of the most mercilessly compelling thrillers you will read this decade.
This is a heart-racing novel with vertiginous twists and turns. A winning mix of glamour and gruesomeness.
An adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride. Thirteen is courtroom drama at its finest. An outstanding legal thriller, so original, clever and accomplished that it should not be missed. It marks out Cavanagh as the heir apparent to John Grisham.
That central hook along with Cavanagh's breakneck prose pace and expert plotting make for a white-knuckle ride of a story. It's something of a high-wire act, blending the machinations of a courtroom drama with the high-octane cat and mouse of a serial killer plotline, but Cavanagh delivers on both counts in spades, expertly cranking up the tension towards an explosive finale that will take thereader's breath away. Cracking stuff.
Great hook. Great plot. Great book. Thirteen is a real page turner and one you won't want to put down.
Twisty, clever and beautifully written, a book this good deserves the highest praise possible. That's why I'm giving it 13/10.
Guilty of thrills, twists, and expertly manipulating the reader.
A fast-paced and absorbing thriller. Prepare to buckle up as a smattering of seemingly isolated events spiral into a twist-laden read.
A blisteringly exciting thriller, with a chilling killer.
An oh so clever hook for an oh so clever, gripping book. THIRTEEN is courtroom drama at its finest, blended with page-turning twists and characters you can't get enough of. Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation. Slick, thrilling and unique, THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.
Fantastically gripping? Guilty as charged!
I've been tracking Steve Cavanagh for a few years now and Thirteen is his best, a dead bang beast of a book that expertly combining his authority on the law with an absolutely great thrill ride. Books this ingenious don't come along very often.
What a book! I loved it so much.
Wow! This book is friggin' awesome! Utterly immersive.
An absolute rollercoaster of a read. Thrilling.
A truly first-class US courtroom drama.
Fans of John Grisham and Lee Child will enjoy this book.
Superb, fast-paced legal thriller. So well-plotted (I LOVED the court/jury details). Hints of Lee Child. BRILLIANT.
Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.
Quite simply deserves to be HUGE. If you read a thriller as good this year, it's only because you've read this one twice.
Tore through this between dusk and dawn. Absolute 5-star cracker from Steve Cavanagh, who's gotta be among top legal thriller writers out there nowadays. A powerhouse of a book that's much more than its high-concept hook.
Smells like a best seller to me. I read it in 2 sittings ... LOVED it.
Witty and clever ... irresistible.
Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.