• Fifty-Fifty

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Part of BBC Two's Book Club Between the Covers.

Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other.

Who do you believe?

'911 what's your emergency?'

'My dad's dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'

'My dad's dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She's still in the house. Please send help.'

One of them is a liar and a killer.

But which one?

©2020 Steve Cavanagh (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A terrific writer. He has talent to burn." (Don Winslow)

 

"Trust me - it will keep you guessing until the very end." (Ian Rankin)

"Unpredictable, daring and completely compelling. Top notch writing." (Alex North)

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90% great

Liked the story, the fact that it keeps you guessing and the characters. Overall a good book that I can recommend if you are into crime/trial stories.

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Absolutely brilliant.

This book is absolutely brilliant. You are constantly questioning everything. Twists at every corner. A must listen.

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Engaging

I couldn’t put it down. The plot is somewhat familiar, but really engaging. The suspense is great.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-20

Mr Cavanagh’s usual brilliance.

I spent the whole of lockdown eagerly awaiting this book and it so happened on the day of its release I had a long commute to work. Honestly, I would’ve happily sat on the M6 all day and listened to this book. Steve Cavanagh is one of my favourite authors and this book didn’t disappoint. This is a who dunnit with the volume set to loud. I changed my mind several times. It’s great to have Eddie Flynn back and I look forward to more books with the new characters. Well done Steve and great narration. FIVE STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Jo
  • 09-07-20

Another masterpiece

Go Eddie! This author just keeps getting better! The characters are so interesting and the storylines so unique! I just love the way Eddie has a little jaunt back to his dodgy past every now again!
Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Sararara
  • 10-13-20

Modern New York noir

Hugely obvious twist but well-plotted legal thriller.
It’s almost as if you’re expected to anticipate the twist and that the real challenge is to work out how the evidence fits together.
He knows you know so sit back and enjoy the ride.
The courtroom exchanges are brilliant and there are beautifully grotesque portraits throughout.
All very cocky and NY, and a great listen. Great cast put in place fo the next instalment.

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  • Sean
  • 09-09-20

Very Dissapointing

I'd looked forward to this book because the earlier ones were excellent.
This one seemed more aimed at sharing the author's views on politics and feminism than entertaining the reader. Realism was never his/her strong point but the plots were superb. In this one ,all connection to the real world was abandoned but the plot was weak and predictable.
I kept thinking it'd get interesting towards the end, but it didn't .

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  • Lya
  • 09-12-20

If suspense is your thing, you can't go wrong.

Inhaled it! Some of the expressions when it came to the 2 suspects could have been better but still, excellent read. Simple accessible language, definitely sits within its genre and keeps you guessing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-15-20

wow

loved it . not something I would ever had read . but really enjoyed it. well done xx

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  • Fee
  • 12-08-20

6* book

I’ve loved this series. Some I’ve read and others I’ve listened to. This one was excellent. Steve Cavanagh, Adam Sims and Eddie Flynn the perfect trio.

So well written and narrated. Please let there be another book.

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  • EmmabBooks
  • 12-07-20

Kept me guessing to the end

A courtroom thriller, where two sisters are accused, but which of them did it?

The emergency services receive two telephone calls, moments apart. One from Alexandra saying her sister has murdered her father, the other from Sofia saying she has just found her father, who has been murdered by her sister. But who is telling the truth? The police arrest them both, and it is up to the defence lawyers to work it out.

The main characters are the defence lawyers, each sister employing their own lawyer, and a sinister character referred to as “She”, who is the murderer, but whose identity remains undisclosed until ...

This thriller certainly kept me guessing right up to the end. I listened to this as an audio book and it was well narrated and the plot was easy to follow despite my picking it up and putting it down with days intervening imbetween.

3*s from me as this was good entertainment, but I never got very involved with the characters. For me it would have been better in book format (rather than audio) , as there were times when I wanted to flick back to check something. However I enjoyed it and recommend it to lovers of courtroom thrillers.

It was not until I had finished this thriller, that I realised it was the 5th book in a series, but the first book I have read by this author. Perhaps I should have started earlier in the series.

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  • jv
  • 11-18-20

Corny and comic strip like dialogue

The narration was corny and like a cheesy American cops drama. The story had some good crime factors within the story and a good set of twists at the end but it felt very amateurish and I struggled to get to the end.

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  • ms s womack
  • 11-27-21

Just Brilliant

What can I say just listen to this book you won't want to stop!!! Well worth a credit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-21

LOVED IT

I Listened to this book after finishing Thirteen.
So so so good. I’m hooked on this series now.

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  • brendon
  • 10-02-21

Fantastic book, all round

Never read a book by this author before, am going to try others of his because of this book.
Well written and excellent characters with punchy dialogue.
I struggled to get on with life while reading as I just had to finish it!
The reader could not have been better either. There is multiple povs and this was all read by the same reader, including female povs. I prefer this to multiple readers, because the voices for each character stayed consistent regardless of who’s POV it was.
If you like edgy ‘who done its’ with good plots and well developed characters, this is a great read (listen).

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  • Yvonne Mathieson
  • 04-29-21

Brilliant read, love the twist

Great read, a real page turner. I felt too many people died esp one, I would have liked to see a romance blossom but that prob doesn’t sell thrillers! Whilst reading I was thinking oh my goodness who thinks of this stuff! Highly recommend this author and good narrator, I am going to miss his voice on my morning walk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-20

Another Smash hit from Cavanagh and Sims

This Tandem is the one 2 punch that has me hooked. Will be back for as many installments as they make.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 09-05-20

Fantastic!

I loved this. Steve Cavanagh is a wonderful writer I’ve enjoyed all his books. And Adams Sims narrates brilliantly. A terrific story and I loved it.

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  • Steve P
  • 05-01-22

Ripper

An absolute cracker. Could be the best Eddie Flynn novels yet. As a whodunnit I kept changing my mind the whole time. Only the remaining pages after the case gave it away. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Steve T from Australia.
  • 01-31-22

OK

Story pretty good. My first time for this author. If you have read or listened to his other books and liked them then I think it likely you will like this one too so go for it. However personally for me books that are ridden with cliques, stereotypes and plot contrivances lose a star or two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

Another excellent Eddie adventure

What a fantastic author! where does Steve Cavenagh come up with these stories. I'm hooked. I've just downloaded the next one and I'm about to start.

Keep them coming. Great narration Adam Sims.

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  • L-Ka
  • 08-25-21

Very entertaining

If you like this genre, you will most likely enjoy this book. It was slightly obvious that a big “twist” would happen in the end but despite that it was a good book and the way the chapters were written about the “sister” was very good.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 07-28-21

Super

Spellbound to the end. Loved the style and narration of each character by chapter perspective .