Review: Twisted by Steve Cavanagh #bookblogger #bookreview @SSCav @HachetteAU #blogger

Goodreads Blurb

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

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…

My Review

There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding this book.  So naturally, I’ve been super excited to get my hands on it! Thank you very much to Hachette Au for my copy, I really appreciate it.  So that fills me with some guilt, because I really wanted to be able to join in the hype. It just didn’t get to the 5 star moment for me.

BUT

There was a lot about the book that was fantastic.  This was my first read from this author. I have three of his other books, but if you’ve seen my library, you know why my TBR pile is as big as Everest!  The pace and quality of the writing was pretty spectacular.  I stopped a number of times throughout and had to take a ‘moment’ to appreciate just how well the author is able to string a paragraph together.  There was no awkwardness, there was no jarring, it just flowed.  However,  while it was a pleasure to read, the first 15 chapters felt “empty” (for lack of a better term). It was a bit slow, and I found myself wondering if the author was being too wordy to get to a point. Then after CH 15 it started getting more to the point, more pacey.

In terms of the characters, I really didn’t like Maria. I always try not to give too much away in my reviews so that I don’t spoil it, but I felt like her actions and behaviours didn’t match the situation.  It felt like an extreme.  I especially disliked the last chapter. It felt very cliche’. I enjoyed Paul and Daryl, and Sheriff Cole.

I was very impressed by the whole idea of the story. It was very clever how the inside title page was printed as LeBeau as the author and then the character writing the story! That was really inventive and I haven’t come across of book that has done that before, so kudos to the author. I didn’t find very many twists as others have mentioned and that was another bit of disappointment for me.  I did enjoy the one large plot twist, but given the set up and content of the story i expected a few more.

So although it wasn’t a five star read for me, I did thoroughly enjoy the writers style and story idea and very much want to read everything else that he’s written. I know that his other work has received a lot of praise also and given the quality of Twisted I definitely want to read the rest.

I rated Twisted: 4/5 stars

Happy reading

Nat

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