Michael Morpurgo has said recently that you really have to believe in your characters if you want your readers to as well. Mel Menzies shows that she does in this enjoyable and believable series centring on Evie Adams and her life and clients. In Chosen she continues to tell the story, but with the twist this time of Evie’s own very personal involvement, set in Devon, London and further afield. Mysteries set in Cathedral cities such as Exeter get my vote any time, but Mel shows that you don’t need murders to write a mystery, though there are metaphorical corpses to be dug up. She writes attractively. It’s not always easy to round the main character when the narrative device is used, but Mel succeeds in making Evie more than credible, drawing on her own experience well and telling a Russian doll story where one story opens up another. By the time that each is told there is a satisfying tying together of threads. Romance, secrets to be revealed and family troubles are all dealt with well. I hope and expect that other readers will find Chosen as satisfying as I did.
An interesting tale about how personal and private issues briefly collide when a therapists discovers secrets in her own family when a man who has been adopted discovers he is a relative. I preferred the first book in the series perhaps there are too many secrets in one family (though patterns so repeat themselves) There are some big questions that were unanswered (perhaps there will be another book in the series) but worth reading.
Chosen by Mel Menzies. I got a bit confused with the relationships in the first few chapters but once I'd sorted them I couldn't stop reading as Evie and Matt find out more about their family and their parents. I loved the descriptions of the areas where they live, having visited there many years ago. I felt that the book ended suddenly with unanswered questions, but hopefully there will be another book! An excellent read.
This was a book club choice and, intially, I was reluctant to read it - it just didn't seem like it would be my cup of tea. However, as the next book club meeting is approaching, I thought I had better give it a try - and I am glad I did. This book is interesting - it has a neat mystery at it's core and, once you get started, you are quickly drawn into the story. There is one huge coincidence at the start of the book (for which you have to suspend your disbelief) but, apart from this anomoly, this is a good read. The characters are, on the whole, well-written and the plot moves at a steady pace. Not all the loose ends were tied neatly, some were left hanging (I assume for the next book). I haven't read the first book in this series, but I might give it a try. All-in-all, not a bad book.
Chosen? wasn't quite what I'd expected. I'd imagined it would be focusing on the issues and traumas experienced by an adopted person as he searches for his birth family. Instead, in Matt, adopted as a baby and raised in the United States, we have a confident, successful, mature man who has gained fame as a writer and seems to have greatly enjoyed his life. However, as the story develops, Matt proves to have more problems than perhaps meet the eye. He makes contact and easily forms a bond with his half-sister, counsellor Evie Adams, but as together they probe deeper into their family history, a tangle of complicated relationships and dark secrets are gradually revealed. Chapter by chapter we are presented with intriguing clues, surprising revelations, a few red herrings that keep you turning the pages until the final revelations come to light. I enjoyed the story very much, and the background of Exeter and the River Dart are delightful. 'Chosen?' is the second in the Evie Adams series and I hope there will be more.
This was my first Mel Menzies book and by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and I am sure many who read this will be able to relate to the dynamics of family… both the good and the bad! Each chapter revealed more and more about the family and the intrigue of what happened in each generation and how each character came to be was excellent. I loved how the theme of being “chosen” was interwoven throughout the book. Matt could not choose how and who he was raised with, yet he had a choice in how he responded to that. Similarly, we are each “chosen” and adopted into God’s family before the beginning of time, yet He still gives us free will and the choice whether to except that or not. I cannot wait to read another of Mel Menzies books.
I found this second Evie Adams novel an enjoyable and very readable story with well-worked twists. In the first part of the book, I did find myself having to suspend disbelief at times. Also, occasionally some of the characters' thoughts felt a bit as though they were there to explain things to the reader. I persevered though, and I'm glad I did because the story drew me in more and more in the second half of the book. If you liked Mel Menzies' Time to Shine, this thoughtful book is likely to appeal to you too.
Chosen? by Mel Menzies is the second of the Evie Adams books. I was a little disappointed by the print layout of this book, but once I became lost in the story I stopped noticing the minor irritations. I read the first of these books, Time to Shine, last year. This latest book looks at family relationships and has some unexpected twists in the plot. I enjoyed it.