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The Trial

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529419221

Price: £20

ON SALE: 25th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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‘Jo Spain is a sublime storyteller . . . this is a book you won’t want to put down’ JANE CASEY

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.

‘A first-class high-stakes thriller’ CAZ FREAR

‘Full of intrigue’ PRIMA


‘Jo Spain never disappoints’ Chris Whitaker

‘A very addictive read’ 5* reader review

‘Compelling, enthralling and entertaining’ Liz Nugent

‘Wow! What did I just read? This is stupendous’ 5* reader review

‘Jo Spain at her brilliant best: non-stop tension, clever twists and turns, and nothing is ever as it seems’ Andrea Mara

‘I love Jo Spain’s novels!’ 5* reader review

‘So vivid, atmospheric and chilling’ Claire Douglas

‘Jo Spain keeps you entertained with plenty of twists and turns’ 5* reader review

‘The queen of the corkscrew plot’ Sunday Times Crime Club


Jo Spain is a sublime storyteller who turns what-ifs into must-reads. The Trial is a high-stakes thriller that combines an atmospheric academic setting with a story of medical malpractice that's bang up to date, but it's the characters who make this a book that you won't want to put down. Cancel all your plans before you start reading!
Jane Casey
Tense, topical and terrifyingly plausible
Cara Hunter
Full of intrigue and superbly paced
The reliably excellent Jo Spain has done it again - few writers set up and deliver so brilliantly as this writer at the top of her game. The Trial is a first-class high-stakes thriller that's also both heartbreaking and informative. Jo displays such command over her story - an absolute masterclass in pace
Caz Frear
An immersive page-turner
Irish Independent
Told in dual timelines, this twisty thriller will keep the reader guessing until the last page
The Trial confirms Spain's status as the Queen of Irish Thrillers
Irish Times
She's always good, but knocks this one right out of the park
Peterborough Telegraph
[A] meaty page-turner
Promoting Crime Fiction
Clever deflections and lots of drama combine to make The Trial a highly enjoyable thriller, another chart-topper for this Irish crime writer who just keeps on giving
Swirl and Thread blog