He vanished ten years ago, only they know the truth: The Trial by Jo Spain #bookreview #TheTrial #NetGalley

2014, Dublin: at St Edmunds, an elite college on the outskirts of the city, twenty-year-old medical student Theo gets up one morning, leaving behind his sleeping girlfriend, Dani, and his studies – never to be seen again. With too many unanswered questions, Dani simply can’t accept Theo’s disappearance and reports him missing, even though no one else seems concerned, including Theo’s father.
Ten years later, Dani returns to the college as a history professor. With her mother suffering from severe dementia, and her past at St Edmunds still haunting her, she’s trying for a new start. But not all is as it seems behind the cloistered college walls – meanwhile, Dani is hiding secrets of her own.


Hi and welcome to my review of The Trial!

Let me start by saying: man, I love Jo Spain! Her books always grab me right away and what may seem like a rather simple premise always turns out to be a magnificently twisty and intricately lush story. The Trial is no different.

The blurb keeps it nice and vague, and so shall I. I shall keep this so short and sweet, it may very well become my shortest review ever. If I thought I could get away with a “just read it”, I’d do it. This is a story you need to immerse yourself in and discover for yourself. 

The Trial has a dual timeline, 2014 and 2024, and honestly, I found both of them equally engrossing. I also loved the setting, I do enjoy an academic setting. Besides your typical thriller elements, The Trial has another element I found fascinating: medical research, a drug trial, and the lobbying that goes with it. Don’t worry if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, it doesn’t get particularly medical or technical and this is not a medical thriller by any means. But for me, it was a fun little bonus.

The Trial is a fantastic thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter. I had an absolutely brilliant time with it and I would highly recommend it to any and all thriller fans.

The Trial is out in digital formats, audio and hardcover on 25 April.

Massive thanks to Quercus and NetGalley for the digital proof. All opinions are my own.

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