“Thirteen” Book Review

I don’t typically gravitate towards legal thrillers, but this one was definitely a fun ride. The story’s perspective switches back and forth between two characters: a serial killer who will slay anyone in the way of achieving his goal of becoming a juror on the hottest trial in New York (centered around a famous actress and her security guard who were allegedly murdered by her equally famous actor boyfriend) and defense attorney, Eddie Flynn, who is fighting for his client’s innocence. I felt like both of these characters were well drawn with interesting backgrounds (although I could have done without the distracting side story of Flynn’s wife wanting a divorce). There were certainly some twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and it’s a complete page-turner (the short chapters make it immensely readable). I did question how realistic some of the plot lines were, but it made for a good read if you’re able to push past that. My only drawback is that I didn’t realize this was the fourth book in a series; I think I would have enjoyed more of the story if I knew of the history of Flynn’s character, which is probably laid out in the first several novels. Overall, a fun ride for anyone that likes a good courtroom caper.

4 stars

*Free ARC provided by Flatiron Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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