Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

Title: The Trust
Author: Ronald H. Balson
Series: Book Four in the Liam and Catherine Series (but can be read as a stand alone)
Published By: St. Martin's (September 19, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Murder Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars!



Book Description:
The newest novel from the author of Once We Were Brothers finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home for an uncle's funeral, only to discover his death might not have been natural.

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.








Five top reasons you should read the Trust by Ronald H. Balson:

1. You love a good setting and what could be better than the lush land of Ireland?
2. Characters that are fleshed out, captivating and completely complex but still down to earth and believable. 
3. You love a good murder mystery.
4. You like a little bit of history mixed in with your fiction. I love how this story interwove the mystery of Liam's uncles death and the horrible chaos and strife that still runs rampant through Ireland. 
5. You never know what to expect. Just when you think you've learned it all, that all has been revealed, something new surfaces and you feel like you are right back at the beginning of the mystery but in a very good way. 

Overall this story was riveting and not at all what I was expecting. I am definitely intrigued to try the others he has written that involve both Liam and his wife Catherine. 




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

32 comments:

  1. Oh mysery, Ireland and revelations? I would love that!

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  2. I love Ireland, I love well-built characters, I love murder mysteries and I love this gorgeous cover. I'd say we're good to go.

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    1. Woot! I do think you would like it. :)

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  3. Oh I love books set in Ireland and all the reasons you give to read this book. I want!!! :)

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  4. I was sold at the ireland setting, this series looks good must find book 1

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    1. You don't have to read the first book to understand anything. I think they all act as stand alone books.

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  5. All great reasons to check this one out - it sounds wonderful!

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  6. I do love anything set in Ireland be it fantasy or romance. It's so fertile and lush and I guess all that nature could provide a sinister background for a murder mystery

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  7. I love reading stories set in Ireland. Sounds really good.

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  8. I love your top 5 reasons Ali. I think I would enjoy this :)

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  9. Love this fun review format! I love a good murder mystery and well-fleshed out characters. I'm going to check this series out! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! It's nice to do something different review wise once in a while. ;)

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  10. I love when a book is an unexpected surprise. Glad you enjoyed it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. Sounds like a great mystery! Great Review!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  12. I do love that setting and this sounds amazing. I'll have to check this one out. Brilly review!

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  13. This book sounds fantastic! I think you've definitely convinced me with your five reasons to give this book a go, I especially loved anything based around Ireland!

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    1. I really do as well and this is such an interesting time and events.

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  14. I do believe those are good reasons to read! :D

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  15. Oh your 5 reasons are very convincing! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Your top 5 reasons have peaked my interest.

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