Usually when I write a review, I start with a brief synopsis of the plot, ensuring that I don’t give anything away. This review is going to be very different however, as I feel that the best way to read Twisted is to go into it completely blind like I did, as any discussion of the plot will inevitably spoil your enjoyment of what is a truly brilliant book.

Ever since reading Steve Cavangh’s previous book, Thirteen, the fourth in the Eddie Flynn series, I could not wait to read Twisted, especially seeing as it is a standalone. My interest was certainly piqued when I read the book’s blurb:


1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

Straight away, I was hooked. We know that the person referred to in the blurb is the mysterious J. T. Lebeau, a highly successful thriller writer who has chosen to remain anonymous. This fact, and the blurb, is the only information I am prepared to give other than to say that I don’t think I have ever read a book with such an apt title! Twists are delivered one after the other, most of which I did not see coming at all. Despite the complicated plot, never once did I feel confused as Steve Cavanagh has made it addictive and easy to follow.

If you are looking for a book to keep you awake until the wee small hours, a book that makes you want to read ‘just one more page’, then Twisted is the book you are looking for. I am sure that this is going to be one of my favourite reads of the year and looks like being a huge success for the author.

With thanks to Net Galley and Orion for my ARC.

Can I also recommend the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast, presented by Steve Cavanagh and fellow crime writer Luca Veste – a highly entertaining take on the world of crime fiction.