The Chosen Seven

Fiction - Drama
222 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2020
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Author Biography

Gill was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and immigrated to Adelaide, South Australia in 2004 with her husband and two daughters. Gill has a Social Work background and currently works in a corporate role in the field of Child Protection. Gill has a background in managing and understanding trauma, violence and sexual assault which are prominent themes in her debut novel Hidden From View (a tale of power and control as well as six degrees of separation).

The chosen Seven was inspired by the real life event - the Lindt cafe siege in 2014, Gill wanted to tap into the psychology behind how different personality types react in a hostage situation and demonstrates how a life review can often change people. One man holds the power over a group of strangers who all react in different ways. Is it down to the survival of the fittest or does fate decide ?

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite

Gill D Anderson’s The Chosen Seven tells the story of six strangers whose lives are changed forever when a lunatic with a gun came into Alessandro’s Cucina. Farzad Abed, crazy and angry with the world, claimed to be a terrorist and that his sudden violence was an Islamic State attack on Australia. He started with a restaurant full of hostages but narrowed it down to six. He claimed that he and his remaining hostages would be known as the chosen seven. Farzad believed that after brainwashing the hostages to take his side, they could make the world sit up and take notice. The chosen seven would change the world. Jacob Brown, Jagriti Goshal, Regina Terry, Levi Haines, Bill Walker, and Paul Townsend were brought together by a dangerous situation. Helpless, frustrated, and angry, they were handpicked by Farzad to play along in his delusion. Stuck inside the restaurant with their lives on the line and their rescuers hesitating outside, the handpicked victims realized that if they want to survive that night, they may need to work together and rescue themselves.

The Chosen Seven is a remarkable book that captured my attention from the very first chapter. Gill D Anderson wrote in so many characters with differing characteristics and backgrounds that it was hard to believe sometimes that they weren’t real. Their struggles and regrets in life were realistic and easy to relate to. The six hostages were so different from each other but they came together brilliantly when the situation called for it. Of course, in a situation like that, there were bound to be some challenges. I love how it all came together in the end. All the loose strings were tied up neatly. It starts with these different people, each living their own lives, minding their own business, each with their own imperfection, and their own problems, and I got to see into their lives and understand them on a deeper level. Their stories reached out and took hold of my heart and it was easy to sympathize with them and fear for their lives. Most of the characters changed after the harrowing incident and I think it was a perfect depiction of how people evolve from their experiences and learn something new. The hostages and their families’ new perspective in life after the incident was my most favorite part of the entire book. This was an incredible and exceptional piece of work and I would definitely read it again.

Agnes Varona

The Chosen Seven, a novel by Gil D. Anderson grasped my immediate interest and held me captive until the very end as I curiously followed the author down her creative journey. She brilliantly guided me through a pathway seen only from the eyes of a sociopathic villain and a deep rooted connection to the intertwining cast of her characters throughout each scene. I truly enjoyed every moment.

Lucy Miller

Another entertaining book by Gill D Anderson. Strong characters and engaging plot. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. It shows how an awful situation can bring the best out in people and make them appreciate the wonderful people they have in their lives. Can’t wait for your next book Gill!

Jodi Douglas

This was a brilliant read I love the way the book kept me on edge and kept me wanting to read more and more. I couldn't stop until I had finished the story.
It was so good to see the characters reflect on their experience at the end and how their lives had changed due to their experiences of being hostages. I really love the details of the characters it really is an exciting read.
I recommend this book if you like to go on an adventure and if you like some humour in your drama.
Overall brilliant work from Gill Anderson

E Daniel

Another page turner from Gill D Anderson. I read the entire book in one sitting. It was filled with believable and well rounded characters, plot, twists and turns. I love how this author can get me from horrified to laughing out loud at some of the one liners! Do yourself a favour and get a copy of this book! I’ll certainly be waiting for her next release.

F Murdoch

This second novel from Gill Anderson follows a very different subject from "Hidden from View",, and yet there are parallels.
"The Chosen Seven" bravely faces a difficult and sensitive topic, that of a terrorist event, and she brings to life all the ripples of effect, on those both directly and indirectly involved.
Gill has honed her skill in effective use of flashbacks. She intersperses descriptive chapters of background of each character, with tight, concise accounts of the ongoing incident, which by contrast is described in an almost documentary style, as per breaking news.
Her key characters are so colourfully brought alive by her descriptive observational skills, and with plenty of dark humour, which are becoming key elements in Gill's writing style. Sentimental this book is not, it is not a book for reading 20 mins at a time, it is a (I'm trying to avoid the phrase!) , gripping page-turner!
Another reviewer described it as reading like a screenplay, I'd agree, cos it is so rich in visual description.
It also addresses difficult topics, like for eg the agonising uncertainties faced by the police and security, in such "damned if they do, ....." situations, and the build up of tension.
This a book to set aside clear time to savour!

E woods

Gill D Anderson's The Chosen Seven is a nail biting thriller that takes you on a journey through the minds of a diverse and ensemble cast of characters, several of whom find themselves trapped in a restaurant by a radical terrorist with an insane mission. The author mixes the elements of drama, action, and romance, and she does a fantastic job telling the stories of all these characters. Well done!


When Farzad Abed entered Alessandro’s Cucina with a gun, six very different people found themselves in the same fatal predicament. Up until this moment, they had been going through regular life problems. However, when Farzad shot a woman without so much as blinking his eyes, none of that mattered. Jack forgot about his parents being difficult. Regina could not care less that her date did not show up. Jagriti’s reluctance toward marrying against her wishes seemed inconsequential. Levi could no longer feel disgusted towards her rude boss. Now, Bill lost his lust for Levi. Even Paul’s heartbreak over the sudden separation from his wife was insignificant. Each one of them focused solely on their survival instincts. The Chosen Seven by Gill D. Anderson is a nail-biting thriller of the struggle between these hostages, their captor, and human emotions

Dawn B

A remarkable tale of survival in extraordinary circumstances. Six hostages lives are changed forever at the whim of a madman who names the group 'the chosen seven'. Some have criticised Gill for moving away from the action to dip into the backstories of the hostages, however I believe this is where the genius is! (I have a master in creative writing so am a fairly credible reviewer). After all, if it were a movie (I wish), then this is how it would unfold so we could get to know the characters better. These snippets are crucial to enrich the readers knowledge of the hostages, their socio economic backgrounds / upbringing and more importantly, these snippets allow us to invest in each character and to care about them so we can pray for their survival.
Gill's narrative is so rich that each scene was crystal clear to envisage. I was tense and on the edge of my seat when the gunman showed what he was capable of. My heart was even beating a little faster during particular scenes. If an author can elicit that kind of response in their readers then as far as I'm concerned they actually deserve 6 stars!

Shona Murray

The Chosen Seven is an engaging fast paced thriller with believable characters and heightened drama which is drawn out with the use of clever pacing. Gill has the ability to tap into the psychological profile of her characters which enables readers to switch from feeling empathy one minute to disgust the next. This is an enviable talent of Gill's and one I believe she will become well known for - great job!


This one really engages the characters and switches POV effortlessly. I loved how the different story lines intertwined here. There's also quite a few funny moments, which is a big plus for me. Haha. The terrorist plot kept me on edge and concerned about these characters- good and bad. Gill has crafted a thriller that really keeps pumping until the ending. I'll be looking more into her other work as well. This one is quite a gem!

Shaun Davies

This is the second book Ive read of Gill's and I have to say she has learned and grown so much from her first. This book is VERY clever and is written in such a way that it appeals to the masses. It had crime, drama, suspense, humour and a dose of what is quickly becoming Gill's trademark - which is to tap into the complexities of human psychology to create strong believable characters - excellent!

Aimee Ann

The Chosen Seven caught my attention right away thanks to its description which alludes to a madman who takes six people hostage. I was intrigued as it is rare to come across hostage crime-related books and if they do exist, the hostage theme is usually a small part in a much larger crime novel, so to say I was excited was an understatement! When I indeed did start to read The Chosen Seven I found myself hooked from the start thanks to the unique premise but also the sensational literature courtesy of Gill D. Anderson!

Gill D. Anderson is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention in The Chosen Seven effortlessly. Anderson instead of writing long, drawn-out builds up which are commonly found in thriller novels, decides to ditch this approach and thrust her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed.

Anderson is not only a brilliant writer for her ability to captivate the reader’s attention straight away, but she is also an excellent author for her ability to lace exceptional twists and turns throughout her story that genuinely had me shocked at points! The combination of Anderson’s shocking twists and her explanatory powers will immerse the reader in the story and make them be able to visualize every detail, no matter how small.

Lisa Marie

Gill is quickly becoming known for her own style which is to produce books that have colourful characters, heightened drama, humour and page turning cliff hangers. This book did not disappoint! I loved the diversity of the characters and the back story of the bad guy - well done!

Jacki Ferro

A novel of heightened drama, based on true events. Relevant to our time with the threat of extremist terrorism, The Chosen Seven creates empathetic, distinctive characters and draws readers in by detailing their family relationships, motivations, and personalities. This background contrasts sharply with the drama unfolding in an Adelaide restaurant as their lives are under threat. We are intrigued to learn more of the gunman, his background and motive, and to discover how each of the chosen seven will respond and save themselves, under fear of their lives


Gill D. Anderson is a phenomenal writer -local South Australian author who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention in The Chosen Seven effortlessly.

This is the first book I’ve read by Gill and I was blown away by how she brilliantly crafted this story together. I have already added her other books to my TBR

The Chosen Seven is a captivating novel that will hook its readers from the start. The reader in The Chosen Seven will be whisked away to Australia and it is here we will meet the antagonist of the novel, Farzad Abed. Farzad is an Iranian immigrant living in Australia and he is tired of being invisible and wants the world to notice him, so he hatches a plan.

The exciting story-line follows the trials and tribulations of being caught up in a terrorist attack with interesting characters, each dealing with their own issues

If you like a suspenseful, dramatic thriller then I would highly recommend this book!

Lara Derigheti

After reading her previous Novel Hidden from View I couldn’t wait to order her latest book. I was saving it for my summer holiday read and then the lockdown happened. I decided to take timeout and start reading and my goodness when I started I couldn’t stop the plot line had me hooked from the beginning so well written and believable I felt like I was in that restaurant with them. Once I got to the end of one chapter I just had to read another as I couldn’t wait to read what happened next such a page turner that I ended up finishing it in 2 days. If your looking for a great thriller which you can imagine would be turned into a blockbuster movie one day this is the book for you. So many great characters - I loved it!!

Dawn Edwards

The Chosen Seven takes you on an emotional journey of seven strangers and their unique and diverse families, who have been brought together by sheer chance by a seriously mentally unstable man. Anderson was vivid in her storytelling and didn’t hold back on the deranged thinkings of a man going through a severe mental break after being culturally brainwashed and radicalized. I loved how this book had so many different views and how Anderson skillfully wove all the characters together, showing that no matter what walk of life, humanity is still alive and well.

This is the first book I’ve read by Gill Anderson and I was blown away by how she brilliantly crafted this story together. I have already added her other books to my TBR and you should also.

Carol Porteous

Drama, suspense, love and humour
Brilliant! Gill D Anderson had me hooked from the very start. I loved her first book, Hidden from View and was very much looking forward to seeing where her second book would take me and that’s what Gill does so well, she takes you! The way she draws together each character into the story has you gripped and the side stories give you a real insight into the characters and brings them to life. Gill’s descriptive writing style takes you from the horror of the terrorists childhood and how that shaped his thinking and behaviour to the emotional trauma of the hostages but she manages to lightens it up with love (sometimes when you least expect it) and humour (the laugh out loud antics of a drunken night)! Trust me, you will not be able to put this book down.

Tim Mullins

The Chosen Seven brilliantly weaves the lives of six people into a thrilling story about a crazed man that takes them captive within a popular restaurant. Without giving too much away -I was constantly engaged by the overall plot, yet I couldn't help but find myself being drawn into each of the character's personal lives as more back story was revealed. Gill has some truly great characters here, and I constantly found myself with my fingers crossed, hoping that my favorites would pull through to the end. This is a tense, grounded and captivating thriller, and to say I loved this book would be an understatement. I have already started my second read through.

The Chosen Seven is an easy 5 stars


The Chosen Seven is big five stars from me . I really enjoyed Gill’s style of writing and found myself totally absorbed in the gripping hostage seize storyline. It’s brilliant how Gill engages the characters so well and how the hostages all come together. You’ll be in suspense and won’t be able to put this book down from page 1. Great plot and Gill Anderson is a very talented writer. I’m looking forward to reading more.

LJ Duncan

What a sensational second novel from Gill D. Anderson! The Chosen Seven lures you in from the first page and just keeps on giving. Gill's detail in character development and her ability to create relatable, real and engaging characters is just first class. The story is fast-paced and gripping. As a reader I found myself faced with conflicting views towards the antagonist and at times, despite his maddening violence, I even felt sorry for him. The Chosen Seven is an entertaining account of a very realistic scenario, written the way a good thriller should be. Well done Gill. What a great read. I'll definitely be getting my hands on more of Gill's novels.