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The Chosen by Arlene Hunt

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By Vanessa O'Loughlin

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On a hot summer’s day in the sleepy American town of Rockville, Jessie Conway, a teacher at the local high school, notices a car driving slowly around the school grounds. Twenty minutes later Jessie is fighting for her life and Rockville is plunged into living nightmare after a gun-toting student unleashes bloody mayhem.

But for Jessie the horror is just beginning. Chosen by serial killer Caleb Switch, when Jessie is abducted from her home, her elderly dog killed, she has to face her worst nightmares…

John Connolly says “Arlene Hunt may just be the best female crime writer to have emerged from these islands in recent years”, and he isn’t far wrong. In the first half of 2011, the best Irish crime novel by far was Niamh O’Connor’sTakenThe Chosen is undoubtedly one of the best of the second half.

With a litany of best sellers behind her, The Chosen is a departure from the QuicK Investigations series and in my mind is Arlene Hunt’s best book yet. Getting right inside the heads of her characters so smoothlythat it comes as a surprise to some that Hunt is a Dubliner, and not a resident of the Deep South, this is a fast paced thriller that is compulsive reading. Brilliantly crafted complex characters, from the ambitious Darla Levine to the morose and shady Ace, Hunt has nailed the rural American voice brilliantly. Keeping me hooked to the last page, The Chosen is tightly written with not a word out of place. Ideal for anyone who reads thrillers or crime, or who just loves a damn good read,The Chosen will not disappoint. Now I want to see Ace and his dog Captain return in the next book…

Find out more about Arlene Hunt here: www.arlenehunt.com,

Read our interview with her here: 


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