The Release (La suelta)

An Original 6-episode Podcast/Audioseries published by Storytel

A bone-chilling tradition. Two children missing in the forest. A dead body. 

Claudia, a journalist in her thirties, returns after having been away for many years to her hometown outside of Burgos, Spain. Her goal is to investigate one of the most barbaric annual traditions in the area called The Release. This tradition consists of gathering between 4 or 5 twelve-year-olds from the village and letting them loose for a whole night in the forest.

Claudia wants to write a powerful article that will make her stand out as an investigative journalist, but the town is reluctant to answer her questions. The only one who engages with her is the town’s pharmacist: a childhood friend with whom she manages to reconnect.

However, this year, something goes wrong during the celebration of The Release: two of the children disappear. Claudia immediately goes out to look for them and starts an investigation parallel to that of the police. Everything suggests that the culprit could be a mysterious hermit of the forest, a strange man who lives isolated from society. However, legends speak of the existence of an evil entity that lurks among the trees.

A race against time between a police case and a journalistic investigation to find out what really happened that night, in what could be the last celebration of The Release.


RELEVANT DATA: The Release (La suelta), in addition to being Juan Gómez-Jurado’s first original audioseries, it is also the first time that the bestselling author delves into the horror genre.

Although the story is set in Spain, there is no cultural component that prevents the plot from being relocated to any other country. The Release is distinguished for having a female protagonist character of great complexity, as well as a gloomy and distressing setting that makes the viewer feel like another character in the plot.

Gómez-Jurado is the best-selling thriller author in Spain. His novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than forty languages.

His saga Red Queen has broken numerous records, surpassing two million copies sold, positioning itself as the best-selling book in Spain in 2019 and 2020, with more than 160 editions and more than 150 weeks in a row on the best-seller lists.

The newspaper La Vanguardia considers him “the Spanish Ken Follet”.

Gómez-Jurado has been awarded accolades such as the Community of Madrid Libraries Award, the Alfaguara Youth Literature Award and the Norwegian Booksellers Award.


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.


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