The Chosen Ones by Howard Linskey

Posted July 20, 2018 by midnightreview in Reviews / 0 Comments

Published: 17th May 2018

Synopsis: Eva Dunbar wakes in a large metal box. She has no idea who has taken her. She has no way out . . .

Eva isn’t the first young woman to disappear. Detective Ian Bradshaw, leading the search, has no leads – and 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 . . .

The Chosen Ones is the dark and compelling new novel from Howard Linskey.

My Thoughts:

When I started this book I didn’t realise it was part of a series, this can absolutely be read as a standalone novel though and it won’t diminish your enjoyment of it at all.

I loved this book! From its griping beginning to its climatic end. The book starts with Eva waking up in a large metal box, with no idea why. I really liked Eva’s character, she was gutsy and determined even in the face of such an awful situation. The story progresses quickly and the pace of it keeps you engaged, there are also side stories along the way and I really enjoyed the complexity of it all.

I warmed to the three main characters straight away, Ian (the detective), Helen and Tom (the journalists) – the latter two obviously have a complicated relationship and I hope this is explored in further books. As a set of three they work really well together and each adds a unique element. The book is set in the early 90’s, I was a teenager then and I loved the random references to what was going on at time, it brought back a lot of happy memories.

The final third of this book really kept me on my toes, I was getting increasingly tense and the adrenaline was flowing. If you like a good psychological thriller with some excellent characters this book is for you. I will certainly be going back to read the other books in this series, many thanks to Penguin Books and Netgalley for a copy to review.

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