On a hot summer’s morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield, outside the quiet town of Colton. Tied to a post, arms spread wide; Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and she knows she’s looking for a killer with a twisted sense of right and wrong.
The victim’s girlfriend is devastated, unable to fathom how she will tell her sick little boy. Still reeling from her own loss, Robyn vows she will find the killer – no matter what.
But then a local doctor – a popular woman with a young family of her own – is found dead outside her surgery. There are similarities between her and the first body and Robyn must take another look at the picture-postcard town, where no one has any enemies.
Can Robyn untangle the hidden web of secrets, lies, and smouldering grudges, at the heart of this close-knit community, before another life is lost?
I am a huge fan of Carol’s books. Each time she releases a book I have to put out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign and I don’t surface until I have finished reading it. ‘The Chosen Ones’ is her latest novel and it was released on Thursday of this last week. Boy oh boy I absolutely, totally and utterly flipping well loved reading it but more about that in a bit.
I absolutely love Detective Inspector Robyn Carter. She is one feisty and determined lady. She is a career police officer. who leads from the front. She has the respect of her team and they each have each others backs. Robyn works well as part of a team but she can also work just as well on her own. She also mucks in to do her fair share of the work and she doesn’t ask anybody to do anything that she wouldn’t do herself. Robyn has experienced tragedy in that she believed her fiancé, an intelligence expert, had died on assignment overseas. However she soon learns that things regarding her fiancé’s death are not what they appeared to be at the time. That’s all I will say about that because I don’t want to give too much away. Robyn feels an enormous amount of sympathy with the girlfriend of the first victim, who now has to tell her son that her partner (& his stepfather) has passed away. I think that Robyn knows exactly how the victim’s girlfriend must be feeling and she tries to support her. I got the impression that Robyn seemed to be a little distracted at times in this book but no wonder given the office politics she has to put up with, the horrific murder that she has to try to solve before any further lives are lost and the mystery of her fiancé’s disappearance and death. Blimey oh riley this woman has a heck of a lot on her plate and I certainly don’t envy her one iota. Will Robyn be able to solve the case before any further lives are lost? Will she be able to solve the mystery of her fiancé’s disappearance? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my, ‘The Chosen Ones’ was a read and a half. It certainly grabbed me by the throat so to speak and didn’t let me go. I was hooked on the story from the moment I picked it up until the moment I closed the back cover. The book wasn’t glued to my hand but it might as well have been because my Kindle came everywhere with me. The page numbers and the time flew past really quickly but because I was so ‘into’ the story and I wanted to solve the murders myself, I genuinely didn’t realise how much I had read until I looked up to see that I had cleared over half of the book. For me, ‘The Chosen Ones’ really is a ‘CPID’ (Can’t put it down) book. The characters are so well written that they almost seem real and you can’t help but like some of them, whereas others need a good slap with a wet fish or flip flop across the chops. I couldn’t help but take to Robyn and I even began to think of her as a friend and I felt very defensive and protective of her. In fact reading this book really did feel like reuniting with old colleagues, old enemies and old friends. Reading ‘The Chosen Ones’ really was like riding on an unpredictable and at times very scary rollercoaster ride. There were twists and turns galore and on more than one occasion I found myself almost reading through my fingers because I feared what was going to happen next. This is certainly one of those books, which will make your heart rate soar and will send your adrenaline levels through the roof. It is also slightly scary and after finishing reading it, I found myself feeling very nervous and I jumped at the slightest little noise. This book also kept me guessing and I smugly thought I had worked out who was killing people and why, only to discover my theory was completely wrong and the culprit was somebody else entirely.
To conclude I have to say that this is one seriously brilliant and addictive read. Just when you think that the series couldn’t possibly get any better, bam along comes the next book, which blows the previous book out of the water. I think that ‘The Chosen Ones’ is the best book of the series so far. I would heartily recommend this writer and this series to other readers. Carol Wyer is one hell of a talented author even if she does have a twisted and creepy mind at times. ‘The Chosen Ones’ has to be one of my top reads for 2018 and Carol Wyer is up there on my list of favourite and must read authors. I can’t wait to read what fate has in store for DI Robyn Carter and her team. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is an easily well deserved 5* out of 5*.