THE CHOSEN ONES
Eva wakes up in a box with no memory of how she got there, meanwhile PC Ian Bradshaw is investigating seemingly unlinked cases of women who have disappeared. But when an unexpected body is discovered, it seems the case is bigger than once thought…
I must admit I haven’t read any of the previous books in the Ian Bradshaw series but this did not detract from the book in any way. The book works well as a standalone piece and was actually a good introduction which has inspired me to look out for others in the series.
The series itself centres on 3 main characters – Tom and Helen who are investigative journalists and PC Ian Bradshaw who employs them to help on cases - this is unusual but actually quite refreshing in a detective series. The three of them work well together and each have their part to play in keeping the plot going at a good pace. There were lots of smaller threads of the plot as well as side plotlines which kept me interested throughout. As well as jumping perspective between the three main characters, the story also includes other character perspectives as well including victim Eva Dunbar which was truly chilling. My only criticism would be in the current e-book format the narrative changes perspective with little warning which seemed abrupt and could be a little confusing at times.
I enjoyed the underground setting for the crimes – which we find out in the acknowledgments is partially based in a true location. It’s a creepy setting and one which stays with you long after you have closed the book. Also the fact the series itself is set in Durham is an interesting and unusual choice as well as being close to home.
Overall I really enjoyed The Chosen Ones – it’s a chilling read with a great setting that is nicely paced with interesting and realistic main characters. Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for inviting me to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.