xThrilled to be a part of the blog tour for The Chosen Ones, the latest Robyn Carter thriller from Carol Wyer. Happy publication day Carol – hope you are celebrating well.
I’m a huge fan of this series and so always get a buzz from reading the latest book. But did this meet my expectations? Well, we’ll find out just as soon as we’ve seen what the book is all about.
About the Book
They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….
Early one morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield, outside the quiet town of Croxley. Nailed to a post, arms spread wide; Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and when she finds in his pocket a note reading ‘Forgive me for I have sinned’, 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. She too has a note quoting bible scripture, 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?
An absolutely unputdownable thriller that will keep you reading into the night. If you love Angela Marsons, James Patterson or Tess Gerritsen, The Chosen Ones will have you hooked.
Wow, wow, wow. What a cracker of a book. Dark and twisted with an underlying element of intrigue that had me hooked from start to finish. I have been desperate for the next instalment in this series since that last humdinger of an ending to The Silent Children and I was not disappointed.
If you suffer from ornithophobia this book probably isn’t going to help you much. Within the opening pages you get a flavour of what the rest of the book is going to be like and it’s not for the faint-hearted or for those with a fear of birds – especially crows. Let’s just say that the scarecrow in this book is not really very effective. In fact, it is safe to say that it’s the exact opposite of a deterrent. We aren’t in Kansas, that’s for sure, but there is no yellow brick road either, just a dull grey tarmac, a twisted bike frame and a road which leads to a very macabre discovery and testing investigation for DI Robyn Carter and her team.
Now I don’t want to go too much further into the story than that as the blurb tells you what you need to know. A disturbing murder scene brings Robyn and her team face to face with a devastated family and a brutal killer who seems hell bent on passing on a message, if only Robyn can work out what it is before more victims are claimed. As well as this perplexing case, Robyn is distracted by possible revelations involving her deceased fiancé, Davies and her growing empathy for the murder victims girlfriend who she is determined to find justice for. All truly gripping stuff.
What I have loved about this series from the very start is that for me it is very locally set, and I must admit that reading about all the local towns and sights always makes me smile. There is just something about knowing the setting which draws me into the book just that little bit more. Not that I need familiarity in this case as Carol Wyer always writes compelling stories, ones which have the capacity to shock, surprise, please and amuse in equal measure. And there is plenty of emotion to be felt in this book, from Robyn, from her cousin Ross who has some potentially devastating news of his own to contend with, and, on perhaps a slightly happier note, from within the team. It’s not all darkness you know. There are some moments to make you smile too.
I was absolutely gripped by this book, finding myself flicking the kindle pages over as fast as you like, the tension growing with each new chapter and each new discovery. Tension ebbed and flowed with the story as the team found leads and made key discoveries, only to be thwarted at the next hurdle by more mystery and surprise. And there are things which the reader is privy to which Robyn and her team are not aware of, not in relation to the case, but on a more personal level for one of the team. It really is edge of the seat stuff. And then as for that ending… If you thought the end of The Silent Children was tense then prepare to be stunned as this is truly shocking.
I loved this book and it’s left me hungry for more. The good news is that I may not have to wait long with the next book due out later this year but by golly, I’ll be a wreck by then, So many secrets, so many lies. So many possibilities that trying to figure out what it could mean for Robyn may possibly just make my brain melt by then. Watch this space …
My thanks to Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of the tour and to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review. It is available now from the following retailers:
About the Author
Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post,
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