YA Dark Urban Fantasy Author

Chosen by R.S. Broadhead

Published October 8, 2018 in Book Reviews - 0 Comments

Synopsis:

Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run-in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner, things become darker and scarier.

Can she escape what is coming for her?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five Stars – A chilling tale that burns into your psyche

I was super excited to read this after eyeing the daunting cover and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Every page was filled with either spine-tingling suspense or terrifying horrors.

This was one of the creepiest books I’ve read in a while. But it’s not just the freaky scenes that cause goosebumps to rise, it’s the psychological aspects as well.

Horror movies have the advantage of using things that jump out at you to scare, but books need to have a level of psychological horror to make it truly chilling. And that’s exactly what R.S. Broadhead delivers in Chosen.

This psychological torment is able to manifest in us because of the way it’s presented in the book. With it written in first-person, the author is able to bring you into the mind of the main character, Piper, as she deals with these horrors first hand. These terrifying images that wrought her mind feel real, but it becomes truly haunting when she comes out of these hallucinations and has to deal with her own sanity. Is she crazy or is something much more sinister at play?

Each page kept me biting my lip all the way until the very end when I almost dropped the book in shock. I can honestly say, the book did not end the way I thought it would. Not even close. In fact, it was one of those ending that makes you want to step back and go, “What the heck did I just read?”

I decided to give Chosen five stars because it was certainly a chilling tale that burns into your psyche. The psychological horror, combined with the twist at the end, made me reminiscent of the movie, Hereditary. I would definitely recommend this book if you like creepy stories that will make you scared of the dark once again.  

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