The Chosen Ones (DI Robyn Carter #5)
by Carol Wyer
Published May 24th 2018 by Bookouture
Genre: Adult Procedural
In a Flutter: Tense and super fun
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.
Worldbuilding: Stafford, Colton – UK setting. Very interesting world of connections.
Characters: Robyn is a cool character, and her cat Schrodinger is ofc adorbs. She’s kind of lonely, and job-centered which I like in the context. If there’s a good line of work for someone to be a workaholic in, it’s that of homicide detective. I mean, not good for the workaholic :)) But, you know, others. Her emotional state ends up teaching her a lesson, but I enjoyed her flawed reaction to a particular someone. I like main characters who make mistakes along the way – very authentic.
Plot: The murder mystery is gruesome and captivating. I love procedurals by and large, and UK ones have a heavier atmosphere which makes everything that bit creepier, so fun. I was surprised by who the culprit was, though it didn’t come out of left field or anything. Enjoyed the crime-solving process very much. I particularly liked the tempo, which wasn’t a constant thrill-ride but a constant buildup of tension.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, multi POV. I really enjoyed the writing style, though I’m so not a fan of multi.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my ample procedural cravings.
I recommend The Chosen Ones to fans of stories about psychos, flawed main characters, and proper tense procedurals.