Review: The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

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The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

Goodreads rating: 4.10

Pages: 368

Genre: AdultCrime, Mystery

Date published: September 19th, 2017 (USA)

Goodreads // Buy this book: Hardback


When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral—a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrives, Liam learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but that he’d anticipated his own murder: In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Did Fergus know, but refuse to name, his killer? Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland’s bloody sectarian war? After all, the Taggarts were deeply involved in the IRA. Or is it possible that the killer is a family member seeking Fergus’s estate? Otherwise, why postpone distributions to the heirs? Most menacingly, does the killer now have his sights on other family members?

As his investigation draws Liam farther and farther into the past he has abandoned, he realizes he is forced to reopen doors long ago shut and locked. Now, accepting the appointment as sole trustee of the Fergus Taggart Trust, Liam realizes he has stepped into the center of a firestorm.

My review

Firstly, I want to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this book for review.

I had never read a murder mystery book before, but this one was quite alright and made me want to venture more into the genre.

I love the setting of this book. You get the fictional part with the investigation, and also the historical setting – which the author mixes very well since the political and social chaos of Ireland is associated with the murder itself!

The writing is not extremely captivating – at least for me, but I’m used to reading YA, so that must be why. I found it to be very dense, and in the beginning, there is a lot of info dumping, so it was a bit hard to get through that first part.

The story itself and the plot are interesting and gripping. You can never predict what will happen, and you never know who to trust, but you want to know what happened, so that’s something I really appreciate. I don’t like predictable books, they’re not as fun to read!

The characters are quite interesting and a bit complex, which definitely made me want to keep reading, and helped with the mystery aspect since you can’t really tell who’s guilty and who is telling the truth.
I had no idea The Trust was part of a series until I checked its Goodreads page, and I hope to pick up the rest of the books someday. You can definitely read this book without reading the other ones, though, it reads as a standalone!

My rating

All in all, The Trust is a nice, gripping read that will keep you hooked and make you feel like a detective trying to solve a murder. Definitely a Fall read, so it’s coming out at the perfect time!

4/5 stars


The Trust by Ronald H. Balson comes out on September 19th, 2017. Get it on BookDepository with free worldwide shipping!!


Do you have any recommendations of good murder mystery books? Let me know in the comments below! ♡

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on The Trust and if you’d like, check out my other book reviews!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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