Chosen Child – Linda Huber

“Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit starts off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won’t lose the person she loves most of all.
Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.
And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy… “

Ella and Rick.  Amanda and James.  Two couples who seem to have no connection.  Two storylines that are disturbingly interwoven.  Ella and Rick are trying to adopt, Ella desperate to become a mother.  Whist at an adoption party where adults mingle and children play Ella meets Soraya, a six year old girl who she immediately falls in love with.  Ella has her heart set on adopting Soraya despite having already agreed with her husband they would adopt a boy.  Rick is less enthusiastic about the adoption and Ella is unable to see this, blinded by the excitement of having her dreams finally come true which leads to even deeper cracks in their marriage.  Amanda has just found out she is pregnant with lover James’ child, although she is apprehensive at first James vows to stand by her and make things work.  Everything would be perfect for Amanda, if she wasn’t married to someone else.  You are wondering how the two stories connect, and you are left like that for some time.  It is well worth the wait when they spectacularly collide with each other.

I very much enjoyed this book, I was enthralled from the beginning of this book.  I felt deep empathy for Ella so desperate to become a mum that she could not see what was happening right under her nose.  The book is full of twists and turns, discoveries and revelations that keeps you hooked the whole way through.  This book seriously hard to put down.  It has been written well and the suspense was very well executed, and I found myself actually holding my breath in parts!  I found myself thinking about the cover, a butterfly.  Ella gives Soraya a butterfly brooch as a gift to remind her that Ella will always love her.  To me the butterfly symbolises chaos theory, the butterfly effect, and how small decisions or random actions seem inconsequential, but have mammoth repercussions for someone else somewhere else, which this book is a perfect allegory for.

I can’t wait to read more from Huber, massive 5 stars from me.

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