Book Review: The Blind Trial, by Sulaiman Sait

I’ve somehow strayed away from the genre of medical thrillers thus far. When Sulaiman, who I know through blogging, released his book, I thought this might be the book to change that, and it was.

The Blind Trial follows Dr. Nitin who goes from Mumbai to join the Live Well Medical College and Research Institute at Ooty for his course in clinical and experimental medicine. He’s joined by Dr. Neha and Dr. Aditi there. When he comes across a series of cases related to unexplained cardiac death, he begins to suspect that there’s a common condemnable force behind those deaths. He finds obstacles constantly appearing in his way as he tries to investigate further. Can he stop further deaths?

A thriller needs pace. This book develops that slowly, because I found the initial parts to be very slow while the second half of the book feels action packed. I like the character of the main protagonist Dr. Nitin who seems to be kind hearted and determined to find the reason behind the deaths. The other characters weave in and out, without feeling very important. There’s a love story angle in the novel too, but those scenes aren’t as engaging as they could have been. Perhaps the author wanted to put focus on the medical thriller aspect, while giving a sub-story too.

The language is quite simple, I think the readers would feel quite at ease with it. The medical terms don’t feel too overwhelming for a normal reader. Maybe the author could have used some terms, added some real sounding drug names to make it feel more true while adding a disclaimer that the drug names are fictional. But I feel the book could have been much better with some tight editing.

I liked the cover art, and the story is a good one-time read, perfect for a short journey perhaps. Would I re-read it? I’m not quite sure, because the genre doesn’t interest me that much. But I think it’ll appeal to other readers for sure.


A Score Of 6 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: The Blind Trial
Author(s): Sulaiman Sait Genre: Medical Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9789386305039 Publisher: Story Mirror

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
1st February 2018)

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