From the November edition of Hot Press.
Arlene Hunt’s The Chosen is a change of direction for the Irish crime author. Set between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is her first novel where the action takes place outside Ireland.
When Jessie Conway, a special needs teacher, foils a rampage at a small-town high school, she gains the attentions of the press. Unfortunately for her, she also attracts Caleb Switch’s notice. Switch is a predator who classifies potential victims. He is looking for a prey that will test his skills, a Category A victim, and it seems Jessie may fit the bill.
The Chosen is a serial killer story, but instead of concentrating on the excesses of the killer, the potential victim is fleshed out. Hunt alternates between Jessie and Switch, slowly building tension as the hunter closes in on his unsuspecting prey.
Taut and gripping, The Chosen may be the novel that introduces Hunt to a wider audience.