What a fabulous, anxiety filled read! I found myself devouring pages at the speed of light to try and figure out WHAT IS GOING ON!!!??? I loved it, and if you don’t mind a scare, then I reckon you will too…
‘Eva Dunbar wakes in a large metal box. She has no idea who has taken her. She has no way out. She isn’t the first young woman to disappear. And with no leads Detective Ian Bradshaw has precious little time.
When at last a body is found, the police hope the tragic discovery might at least provide a clue that will help them finally find the kidnapper.
But then they identify the body – and realise the case is more twisted than they ever imagined…’
Bradshaw, Tom and Helen are the ‘three musketeers’ in this Northern crime-fighting series, and they just get better and better. They bounce off each other, and are excellent, well thought-out characters, with the added touch of realism. I enjoy being in their company, watching their friendships and relationships unfold, all whilst trying to uncover where these missing girls have gone.
The use of religion added real creepiness to the storyline. Through the eyes of the guilty party / mad person, they genuinely believe that they are doing the right thing. They want to protect these women but have no clue as to how society works. I mean, no-one in their right mind would just snatch someone off the street, so what on earth was going through their mind? Apart from the obsessive words of the Bible.
The imagery created from the background of where the girls were being kept, certainly doesn’t make for light reading, but it is definitely needed so you could feel the emphasis on terror, and what they are going through. You sympathise with them and are desperate for their escape.
The Chosen Ones is not for the fainthearted. It is a book that will keep you guessing until the very end, with plenty of jumps and squeals in the process. There are a few surprises thrown in, of which I didn’t expect, and a couple of smaller storylines that run alongside – one being about corrupt police officers.
Howard Linskey writes with passion and fire – well, you would have to, to create a dark-edged, gripping read such as this.
Thank you to Sriya Varadharajan at Michael Joseph for inviting me onto the tour and sending me a finished paperback. It is much appreciated.