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The Chosen

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  624 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
One man murdered.
One more dug from his grave.
Twelve others missing.
This is no coincidence.

Respected Washington, D.C. journalist January DeLena is positive the threads of each victim's disappearance are intertwined. But who's behind these horrific crimes? All signs point to the man who calls himself The Sinner - a disturbed homeless man trawling the streets of the nation's
Mass Market Paperback, Alternate Cover for Isbn 0778322203, 371 pages
Published October 2005 by Mira
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Dec 29, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
Like just about every other Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall book I've read, this was a good read...but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites by her. It was a quick, enjoyable (if creepy) book, but it wasn't one that captured me.

Reporter January DeLena is always looking for an interesting story. So when she hears about a homeless man calling himself the Sinner who is claiming to have had a near-death experience where he didn't go to heaven, but to hell, she's intrigued. As she investigates, she become
Jun 07, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
January was after a story and she got much more. This ersatz reporter was following up on an interest in after-life experiences and fell smack dab into a twisted plot hatched by a criminal with a brain tumor. This criminal, in order to escape Hell, was kidnapping homeless people with names of Christ's disciples, trying to 'live as he did' and for those of us who have an understanding of Christian works, doing just the opposite. The journalist provides critical leads to the homicide detectives an ...more
May 01, 2012 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning to those who think this is a cop and bad guy, manhunt, not so much mystery but suspense book, it's a romance novel set to a cop and bad guy, manhunt, not so much mystery but little bit of suspense novel. As an avid mystery/suspense person I was a little let down with this book but as soon as I realized it's a love story I took it for what it was. If you're a big time suspense person and love things like Alex Cross novels, Ludlum and the likes, this will disspoint you as well. If you like ...more
May 27, 2014 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f  ·  review of another edition
Really slow and tedious. Unnecessary scenes that add nothing to the story or the characters. Jumping focus from one person to another too often. And that's just chapter one.

I really don't like female-reporter stories, so I dunno why I bothered trying this one.
Dec 31, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance part was a bit teenager~ish. The repetition of how the main character
repeatedly answered her phone absentmindedly was kind of annoying. the author needs to change things up a bit.
Agnes Ross
Nov 04, 2014 Agnes Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing that the author could take something so ugly and horrific and transmute it into something beautiful!
Pamela Marshall
Jun 08, 2015 Pamela Marshall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even get through 5 chapters before I gave up. Trite writing. Flat characters. Boring story.
Jun 21, 2010 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man driven insane by terminal brain cancer decides he is Jesus, and that he must "live as He lived." Which, according to his interpretation, means collecting a following of people who have the same name as Jesus' disciples and other followers. So he kidnaps Simon Peters, Andrew, James, John, etc. along with Mother Mary Teresa, a nun. a TV reporter named January DeLena discovers that a number of people have gone missing, but she along with her boyfriend Ben North, can't track him down. It turns ...more
May 24, 2015 Tolly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. January was interesting and brave. There was so much going on that I didn't get bored. My only complaint was that he called her 'honey' too early and too much.
Feb 28, 2014 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. It was an interesting idea and I finished it fast.
Fast, easy read, with a predictable ending. As much a love story as mystery.
Apr 19, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reporter and a cop - unlikely to become friends, much less lovers but they do. This happens while searching for a serial kidnapper/killer who is trying to walk in the shoes of Jesus. He was a bad person who had a tumor, he died and went to hell - not heaven. He was resuscitated but wasn't cured, they couldn't get all of it so he sets about to redeem himself in the eyes of God. Unfortunately, the tumor makes him rather crazy.
Nice character study and psychological thriller.
Oct 12, 2009 Marnie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Julie
Shelves: suspense
This book was very good and a quick easy read. The suspense kept you going with a bizarre outcome. Mixed with a hot little romance. Most definitely a page turner that you can't put down. Surprised I enjoyed so much since this is not a typical kind of book I read alot.
May 13, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Sharon Sala's books.
Another great romantic suspense story by Sharon Sala. She is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints. Interesting suspense story that involves homeless men who go missing.
Jan 05, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok
This book had too many religious ties to it and I found it very predictable and a bit hard to get through because I knew what was coming. The romance in it was hot though.
I loved this thriller.. I could NOT put it down... I had to find out how it ended. Ms. Sala is a great author and can really write books... I am on to another one of hers!
Aug 09, 2009 Alisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not something I would typically read - I picked up the wrong book. A cheesy romance but a quick entertaining read that requires no brain work.
This book was pretty good. Since I'm not really religious, I didn't understand most of what was going on, but still overall an amazing book!
Nov 10, 2008 Renna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was a bit strange - but serial killers are strange... Very sad to think about the homeless... Not her best - but still very good!
Apr 11, 2012 Allyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did a video review of this a few years ago:
Sep 23, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK book, interesting mystery, thriller story line with some romance thrown in. Does it always take facing death to walk in Jesus's shoes?
Sep 10, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc
One day read.... picked it up and every time I went to put it down something drew me back in....
Jul 27, 2007 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery about homeless people that are missing but no one notices for quite a while.
May 24, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started and could only get through a few chapters. The dialogue was boring and cheesy.
Dec 09, 2010 Kaylol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
A bit too romantic for me but very well written
Carol Panas
I enjoyed this criminal thriller .
Dec 17, 2015 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
collecting disciples
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Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader
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