I’m so pleased to be able to share this review with you. I love discovering new authors and genre, and here's a great example of that. Trial Run was provided to me for a pre-release review and I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical. The genre is not one I frequent normally by Thomas Locke has made me a believer. Enjoy the review and if you missed Monday’s blog, make sure to catch Thomas’ interview for a free copy of his prequel; Double Edge. [goodreads review]
Trial Run follows three groups of people; Reese Clawson and her team in California, Trent and Shane in Santa Barbara, and Gabriella and her team in Europe. Each set of characters is expertly woven together to create an epic conspiracy that covers the globe. How do you fight an enemy you don’t know exists and add to that your inability to see them and you’re in for a wild tale.
The descriptions of the locations were immersive and felt real and it was easy to walk through them with the characters and keep your bearings, even through the chaos as the story progressed. Specific props or details for key scenes were focused on carefully to impress the importance of an outfit or a dream sequence to the main story. The plot was engaging, twisting and turning at all the right moments that left you hanging at the end wishing you had the next book.
In a story with so many characters, it’s extremely important to have defining features to ease the reader’s ability to tell them apart, when the story begins this isn’t the case and the POV swapping makes it harder to discern. A few chapters in is where they all being to expand into their own personalities and their goals are revealed. Except for one pair; Shane and Trent. These two are definitely the outliers when it comes to motivation. Even with Trent being the only character to have a provided backstory, it didn’t give him a motivation for his actions later in the story. the other characters had some strange quirks too. Charlie is involved in a strange love triangle that doesn’t feel integral to the story, and Reese, though listed on the back cover synopsis as the main character, felt more like support than the whole point of the novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.