I wish to thank Penguin Random House for inviting me to read THE CHOSEN ONES by Howard Linskey
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 . . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh wow! This book should have a warning that says don’t read when alone because believe me I was bricking it. Even the room I was reading in seemed to get smaller and the hot weather didn’t help with my already raised temperature and adrenaline fuelled mind. Wakening in a box, one solid can’t get out of box. I can’t imagine how Eva’s mind could be processing all this but slowly it did and worst of all she knew she wasn’t the first.
Oh boy, I didn’t know if I wanted to know who could do this to a young woman or what had happened to the previous tenant. Now there are some real nutters, some are born that way and some are made and now and again there is a mix of the two. This certainly felt like the third choice. I kept telling myself that the fear of the unknown is usually worse than the reality but I was wrong, big style wrong. OMG!
There is of course life going on outside the box as the story darts from the past to present day as I heard the thoughts of different characters, including those of the abductor. This book had taken over my thoughts as everything else had seemed to close down. It makes you feel the isolation and gawd damn it I was so frustrated as to why Eva was being kept prisoner.
This is the fourth D.S. Ian Bradshaw novel and back to help the over worked, under staffed police officer was Tom Carney and Helen Norton, both independent investigatory journalists. What a beaut team they made! I loved the humour, the hint of romance and the my shovel is bigger than yours for digging up clues to what the hell was going on! that just bounced between them.
This is one all round totally satisfying book to read. A real heart in your mouth finale that is truly a belter! Although I originally got this book through the Publisher, Penguin Random House and NetGalley. I have purchased this book it really is cracking.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
‘The Chosen Ones’ is the fourth book in a north-east, crime fiction series written by Howard Linskey for Penguin Random House, featuring journalists Tom Carney & Helen Norton with police detective Ian Bradshaw. The other titles in this series are ‘The Search’ ‘No Name Lane’ and ‘Behind Dead Eyes’. He is also the author of ‘Hunting the Hangman’ a historical thriller about the assassination of Nazi General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during WW2.
His David Blake trilogy ‘The Drop’, ‘The Damage’ & ‘The Dead’ have been optioned for TV by Harry Potter producer, David Barron. They are published in the UK by No Exit Press, in Germany by Droemer Knaur and in the US by Harper Collins. The Times newspaper voted ‘The Drop’ one of its Top Five Thrillers of the Year and ‘The Damage’ one of its Top Summer Reads. Both books broke into the top five Amazon Kindle chart.
‘The Search’ was featured on CBS Reality true crime TV series ‘Written In Blood’ . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRFJ0txCYvQ
Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Herts with his wife Alison and daughter Erin
Howard’s web site is http://www.howardlinskey.co.uk
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