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Chosen Child – Linda Huber

Psychological Thriller 4*s
Psychological Thriller

I was delighted to be offered a copy of this book by the author saying “I’m asking you because this one has a similar ‘feel’ to The Cold Cold Sea. It’s another psychological thriller, about a couple who are in the process of adopting a child, but things aren’t all what they seem…” My interest was piqued having thoroughly enjoyed The Cold Cold Sea.

This book gets into its cracking pace early on, in fact soon after Rick and Ella attend an adoption party to meet children who are ready to be adopted. Things aren’t straightforward though, Rick has fixed ideas on the type of child he wants to adopt; a young white boy without any health issues whereas Ella is hoping to find a child she feels that magical connection with. Adoption isn’t an easy process to go through and Ella is desperate to keep their social worker Linda on side and it doesn’t take much imagination to imagine the stress the couple are under.

Meanwhile Amanda Waters, mother to young Jaden is in a bit of dilemma, she’s bored within her marriage and yet her method of alleviating the boredom has resulted in consequences which she hadn’t bargained for… and then Amanda’s husband goes missing, setting off a chain of event which threaten everything she holds dear.

This isn’t your average psychological thriller where the terror slowly builds, I could only watch horrified as some, but in no means all, of the ramifications of decisions made early on came to pass. It is an original take on what appears to be two fairly familiar stories but the way in which the two become intertwined yet still remaining clear and separate is something I could only marvel at. This is helped by the clear and believable characters that have been created even if some of the decisions were questionable I could square them with the circumstances.

This was a gripping tale with the pace fast and furious, yet remaining clear because we get both Ella’s and Amanda’s stories with minimal navel gazing as they grapple with the way their lives are turning out. The alternate viewpoints clearly marked with the day each chapter refers to (thankfully all moving in a linear fashion) means this was one of those books where ‘one more chapter, after all they are short’ turned into marathon reads as I wanted to know what on earth was going to happen next! Both women have moral dilemmas and don’t always act with the principles you’d hope mothers would, but hey there wouldn’t be much of a story if they did! I have to admit my feelings about both women altered backwards and forwards through the book, a sign that the author had real control over them and was able to reveal or hide aspects of their personalities to suit the current chapter.

This was a hugely enjoyable read, entertaining and one where you need to buckle in and just enjoy the ride – be warned it may take you to entirely unexpected places.

Chosen Child will be published on 15 February 2016 and is available at a bargain price!



A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

16 thoughts on “Chosen Child – Linda Huber

  1. The adoption process really is a tense one, Cleo, fraught with stress and sometimes a lot of sorrow. And even when it goes well, there’s a lot to it. So I can well imagine it as part of the premise for this story. It sounds compelling and I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  2. I’m very interested in reading this one and also thank you for reminding me that I want to read The Cold Cold Sea. I’ll look for both of them. Cleo, I could stay busy just letting you pick my books. I note down so many from your reviews. 🙂


  3. I like this kind of story, and I really enjoy when the narration is linear…especially for alternating perspectives. I am also a fan of short chapters, as I like to finish a chapter before stopping for the day…lol.


    1. I don’t mind the occasional non-linear narrative but as you say when reading with different narratives too, the story can become overly complicated. The short chapters was my downfall with this one – I just had to keep going.


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