Religion strikes again
There are many, many strange things people do to each other and as the author says himself at the end of this story, reality is often more unbelievable than fiction. That said, this is not based on a true story; Mr Linskey took a perfectly, non-sinister story he heard and once his imagination had gone to work on it, the central conceit for 'The Chosen Ones' was born. Well-written and extremely well-paced and plotted, this is my introduction to DS Bradshaw and journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton - apparently they've had quite a few traumatic incidents in their pasts, hinted at throughout the narrative. They make an appealing trio and 'The Chosen Ones' made me want to read the previous books. It was also very refreshing to have every single female in the story have a backbone. And a logical train of thought. In fact, a couple of times I mentally applauded them for their ingenuity; I only hope that I would have such wherewithal in dire circumstances. I think this is one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much, I didn't sigh once at the actions of those involved. The final, brutal revelation in the last pages of the book will leave you reeling at the imagined horror the person must have endured and shaking your head in disbelief at the sheer power religion and its clever structure as the perfect indoctrination tool, has over the human mind.