The Chosen (2011)

Arlene Hunt - The Chosen

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.

For Jessie the horror is just beginning. Traumatized and hounded by the media she retreats to her home and tries to rebuild her shattered life.

Caleb Switch watches the developments in Rockville with interest. A skilled and diligent killer, his recent selections have disappointed him, offering little challenge to a man of his predilections. Jessie Conway interests him: for she is no ordinary woman and a fine choice for a less than ordinary man.

As Jessie struggles to hold onto her marriage and her sanity she has no idea that she has become The Chosen.

The Chosen is out now in all good book shops.

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“A taut, sharp, gripping re-imagining of the serial-killer novel” – Tana French

“Taut and gripping, The Chosen may be the novel that introduces Hunt to a wider audience” – Hot Press

“Hunt’s novel builds tension and pace in a perfectly pitched approach; gently, stealthily – mimicking that of the antagonist stalking its prey – building to a raging crescendo which is deeply satisfying. Perfectly played.” – Bord Gais Energy Book Club

“A 5 star review” – “Very pacy, edge of the seat stuff” – “Very clever, very forceful, it builds to a crescendo. I loved it” – Ireland AM – TV3

“…a gripping read” – Sunday Times

“Keeping me hooked to the last page, The Chosen is tightly written … Hunt’s best book yet” – Daily Mail

“This is a fast paced thriller that is compulsive reading. Brilliantly crafted complex characters … a must read!” –

” … skilful plotting, and excellent set-pieces. A good read, I’d recommend you grab a copy!” – Crime Fiction Lover

“The Chosen … is certainly a story that would work on the big screen. The perfect read.” – RTE

“Though she’s well known in her native Ireland and the UK, The Chosen marks author Arlene Hunt’s highest profile release here in the U.S., and what a tremendous “Pleased to meet ya!” it is.” – Elizabeth White, top US Crime fiction blogger

“Hunt draws her sympathetic characters with compassion, especially Jessie’s husband, Mike, to balance the outright evil of her villains, and she ties up the loose ends of her complicated plot with some breathless surprises” – Publishers Weekly

“Great writing, con- vincing development and satisfying denouement . This is an impressive addition to the serial killer genre which has obvious movie potential.” – The Irish Echo