The Trial by S. R. Masters

Goodreads Synopsis

Would you sign up to a medical trial if you didn’t know the possible side effects?


It seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. An all-inclusive luxury trip abroad, all you need to do is take a pill every day and keep a diary.

Except you don’t know anything about the drug or what its side effects might be.

The headaches start, a dull ache at first. Every day worse than the last.

Then a body is found.

Everyone is a suspect. Anyone could be a killer. Even you . . .




The TrialThe premise was very good and I was very much looking forward to reading this book. The start was gripping. The Prologue, I mean.

Post the prologue the book was very dry. Very, very, dry. I kept on thinking on how the prologue is going to be knit into the story to make some sense but at last the book ended and nothing. Thoroughly disappointed with that.

The way the narrative was set for the rest of the book was very slow in its pace. So slow I started skimming because the scenes were extra long for no apparent reason.

Another bothersome thing about the book is the numbering within the chapters. While some may like it, I found it very annoying. I still do not understand the reason why it was needed because quite literally, there were no cliffhangers where passage with one number ended and another began or change of scenes or whatever. So, as I said, it was not serving any purpose.

All of this kind of slowed me down as I read the book and I kept on thinking that maybe the ending will be worth it. But, no. No satisfaction there either. The ending was anticlimactic and l was left with a lot of unanswered questions with this one.

My recommendation? Not recommended.



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