Shy and introverted Mariah Carpenter has concealed a hidden talent from childhood that, according to her mother, would brand her a freak. Now a fateful encounter has caused her secret skill—an extraordinary psychic ability—to become greatly enhanced. Suddenly, she has a purpose for her gift, as her vision gives her the ability to find kidnapped children telepathically. But is this a blessing or a curse? When Mariah’s fourth finding is filmed by the FBI and the recording is stolen and sold to a broadcast journalist, Mariah’s worst nightmare becomes a reality. She is acclaimed worldwide as a saint and messenger from God—and vilified as the Antichrist whose powers must be quelled. Meanwhile, another government agency has its own covert agenda for Mariah…. In the midst of all of this, Mariah has a series of horrifying nightmares, culminating in the discovery of an ingenious serial killer, one who somehow prevents Mariah from finding out who and where he is. Locating this murderer before he kills again becomes Mariah’s obsession, one that threatens to consume her––and could even destroy her. Chosen introduces readers to a remarkably complex, achingly human, and absolutely unforgettable heroine. Bursting with tension, danger, and the thrill of the unexplained, Chosen is a singular reading experience.
Chosen’s first chapter hooked me and carried me on a quick, some-what enjoyable ride through the rest of the story. The characters are decently developed, with interesting relationships. Good luck finding a bunch of people who are as understanding and supportive as the ones that Mariah has surrounded herself with.
I did enjoy that when Mariah recieved her blessing or gift of psychic abilities, that she was using them to find lost and abducted children. There is so much of that happening in the real world that you wish someone would be able to do as she does and bring the children home. This part as well as the characters were my favorite part of the book.
Eventually all of the religious talk, aliens and freaking out that Mariah does became a little tiring even though the flow of the story did not slow. Something that did slow me a bit is that the story could use a good editor for the spelling and punctuation. Then the end of the book left me with no resolution as I find out that this is the first book of a series.
Chosen is not a book that I would normally choose to read though it has potential, more than what has been created for it. Also, it is not normally a turn off if the book is part of a series but at this time I just don’t have time to commit to the rest and follow along waiting anxiously for the next book to be available.
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