Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Two years ago, while on a trip in Jerusalem with her husband and young daughter, American tourist Gloria Neumann was killed in a terrorist attack. Now, lawyers Hana Abboud and Jakob Brodsky must take their investigation of this case from Atlanta to Jerusalem to seek justice for the Neumann family in Chosen People by author Robert Whitlow.

This was my first time reading this author who’s been on my radar for a few years. The mix of heritages and ethnicities drew me to this legal drama, Jakob being Jewish and Hana being a Christian Arab Israeli living in America. I once read an enlightening memoir written by an Arab Orthodox Christian and Israeli-Palestinian-Arab citizen, so I was as interested in learning more about Hana’s character as I was in finding out about the case at the center of the novel.

The reading was slow going for me, taking a few tries and about half the book before I really got into it. I didn’t find the plot development as tight or gripping as I would have liked. The writing style isn’t quite as sharp as I’ll admit I expected, and certain explanations throughout the book are like little info-dumps.

One of the romantic storylines is rather rushed and trite, developed through clichés. It also seems to force (rush) the romantic characters into their ending. Unless a book is a romance novel where a certain kind of ending is mandatory, I think love stories are sometimes more poignant and believable when they’re left a bit open-ended, without major, permanent commitments or a happy wrap-up that seems like it should have at least taken more time.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the international legal suspense in this novel. I’ll likely read more by this author in the future.


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