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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 23 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Mar. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SH8XYG
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Chosen is arranged into two main sections and one final smaller section: the first part is Dodie's story set in the present day, the second begins in the 1970s when Dodie's mother is a child and progresses into the present day, the final part is in the present day and is the conclusion of the story. The story being told from two different perspectives works really well: the tension builds steadily and I really enjoyed the unravelling and revealing nature of the plot.
Glaister's characters are always well detailed this book is no exception. It's not quite as intense as some of her other books (such as "As Far as You Can Go") but it's a slightly different style and the relationships and connections between the characters make for a different feel and different situation.
This was a gripping tale, the third excellent book that I've read by Lesley Glaister. If you've not read any of Glaister's books but enjoy the psychological thriller genre I would highly recommend that you give her a go. Her stories are not typical or predictable and they are very readable.
The second part of the book is written by Dodie's aunt Melanie who is a long term resident of the Soul-Life Community. She is in complete thrall to the leader Adam and again and again finds herself being persuaded to make wrong choices against her better judgement. However I was not convinced by why anyone would really respond to Adam. He was rather a laughable and pathetic character but only Stella (seriously depressed and possibly mentally ill) sees through him. Though, having said that, I suppose most cults are filled with vulnerable or damaged people just waiting to be told "the truth".
The writer evokes the atmosphere of a cult community brilliantly and it is a compelling read. But if you would like a story about happy family life this is not for you!
This is not because of the characters, although they are heart-breaking and vividly realised (as well as somes hilarious); this is not because of the topic, although the religious cult it depicts and its repercussions are believable, terrifying and memorable. It is because of the structural make-up of the book which I found delightful and approaching genius.
We are told, in the first half, the story of Dodie and how she gets caught up in a 'soul-life community'. While I was reading this I enjoyed it thoroughly but found some of the plot a bit far-fetched. However, the narrative switches in the second half to the story of Melanie, some thirty or forty years previous. This is where it becomes an electrifying read. The memory of Dodie's story becomes enriched by the slow series of revelations in Melanie's (I kept having to flick back and see how much I'd missed in Dodie's story) and they combine at the end into a highly exciting and unexpected climax.
This is highly recommended.
This section sees the heroine being sucked into a religious cult. The authentic feel is such that this reader experienced the paranoia and uncertainty of the central character.
The second section of the book flashes back to the seventies and explains a lot of the background to the motives of the cult's leaders in the contemporary section.
Choice is a major theme here. What choices do we have? Which should we have? And what happens when we are deprived of choice?
Every aspect of this book works well. The characters are believable and interesting, the plot is intriguing, but most of all the writing is just superb.
This is suspense writing of the highest order. It should appeal to any one who likes quality writing and psychological thrillers.
An oppressive mundane feeling swamped the first part of Chosen, as Dodie is sucked into the Soul-Life Centre's nefarious ways. It left me with the discomforting feeling, one of being slowly pulled into some murky viscous fluid. This gave the book a heavy and uneasy, grey atmosphere which I slowly waded through.
However, a catapult back in time made the second part of the book a much more enjoyable read. The back story to the Soul-Life Centre's establishment and ethos moved along at a more engaging pace. There was more of a sense of colour and meaningful evens as the story develops through the decades and characters' personalities reveal themselves.
I found myself whipping through the final part (and annoyed at myself for leaving it behind at work just before I got to the end).
The impact of parental absence and loss, was a strong theme for me throughout this book, possibly explaining why people (especially very young people) can be manipulated by charismatic characters and drawn into destructive relationships and in this case, religious cults.
Overall, after a slow start the book does pick up pace with a good story that keeps unfurling and yielding spiky surprises.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been looking for this book "Chosen" by Lesley Glaiter, for 5 years. I was so pleased when I found it finally and bought it straight away. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LongPurpleHair
I almost didn't read this much beyond page 40; the claustrophobia and insidious nastiness of the cult was too horrible. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sandra Davies
As someone who is a great admirer of Lesley Glaister's work, and who has experienced the disappearance into a cult of a close family member, I was drawn to this book from the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bryony Doran
This novel has an original and interesting theme, the modern cult religion and the characters at its heart. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2013 by tina price
Disappointing after her last book.
I found this rather boring and predictable.Well written but just didn't engage my interest at all.Very unusually I didn't finish it.
This is an exciting and enjoyable psychological thriller which, though focused around the development of a religious cult, also explores a theme of the choices people make in their... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by markr
Glaister is a fine writer, and here again she demonstrates her skill when it comes to constructing a taut and emotive narrative, populated by scarily believable characters, and... Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2012 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
I couldn't get into this book and had to give up on it about half way through. I normally really enjoy psychological thrillers but unfortunately this book get's a thumbs down from... Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2012 by Nikki
Dodie's mother Stella has always been depressed and withdrawn. Then Dodie, herself now a mother to young Jake, visits her one day asking after her teenage younger brother Seth, and... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2011 by L. H. Healy