Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer

Title: The Chosen Ones
Author: Carol Wyer
Series: DI Robyn Carter, #5
Published: May 2018, Bookouture
Format: ARC E-copy, 374 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….  

When a doting young father is murdered and his body discovered in a cornfield for his family to see, it’s a harrowing new case for Detective Robyn Carter. But just as Robyn starts to investigate, a popular local doctor and young mother, is found dead outside her surgery. 

As Robyn tries to find the link between the victims, she uncovers a dark web of secrets. Were these much-loved members of the community as innocent as they seemed? 

The killer has a message for Robyn and the carefully chosen victims. Can Robyn get to the truth before she becomes the next target? 

If you love Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest pulse-pounding thriller from Carol Wyer. The Chosen Ones will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

My thoughts: This series is one that I really enjoy. The books are a bit on the dark side, but the character development is top notch and it's a series that calls me back with each subsequent book.

I think one of my favorite aspects of this series is that we always get chapters in the killer's voice. It's not always apparent who this person is right away, and sometimes I am able to figure it out before it's revealed and sometimes not, but either way, these chapters really provide some chilling insight as to why the murders are happening. I think the why is just as important, if not more in some cases - and for sure that is the case here. I did figure out the murderer before the actual reveal, but trying to understand the why was key.

As the team is working on tracking down what has become another serial murder, Robyn is also working with her cousin, Ross, tracking down the latest developments on her presumed-dead husband. Is he really dead? What exactly has happened to him? And who has been watching her house? This is a thread that has had me waiting for more clues for a while now and I was happy to see progress happening here. While there isn't exactly closure on this just yet, it's still progressing and I am anxious to see where it heads in the next book. I just hope it isn't dragged out forever!

The twists and turns in this book really keep it moving at a quick pace. It pulls you in right from the start and never really lets up. And as the case is being investigated, we get to spend time with some Robyn's team, which I love. I like these characters and I like that some time is devoted to them in each book - not a ton, but enough to feel that you are getting to know them a little bit.

This book is a wild ride on the emotional front as well. Some events happen that for the series die-hard like me, are a tough pill to swallow. I even felt a tinge of sympathy for our murderer at one point - once things are out in the open and you know the why, this statement will make more sense - but that's not anything I expected to feel, yet that's how adept and skilled Carol Wyer is at writing these stories. And that's just one example.

I love this series - it's a complex, dark, gripping crime series that I just cannot get enough of - I sure hope the next book comes out soon!!!

Books in this series: 
  1. Little Girl Lost
  2. Secrets of the Dead 
  3. The Missing Girls 
  4. The Silent Children
  5. The Chosen Ones 


1 comment

  1. New author and series for me. Thanks for the review.


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