DEATH WISH by Linda Huber
‘This book sets the pace from the beginning with the prologue and the suspense grows throughout the book.’
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Secrets. Lies. Murder.
When Leo decides to go into business with his mother-in-law he soon realises his mistake. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter, Ashley, has her own reasons for hating her mother. The atmosphere is toxic and old wounds refuse to heal.
Next door, eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents argue constantly and her grandmother, who lives with them, is approaching death.
Soon these two families will collide and the consequences might just be fatal…
This book sets the pace from the beginning with the prologue and the suspense grows throughout the book. Much of the book is told from the perspective of an 8 year old child and this had me remembering my daughters at that age. Joya’s character develops throughout the book as we are given a window into the mind of an 8 year old. She is a totally lovable little girl and I am so pleased to have met her.
The book revolves around 2 families; Maxine and Stu who are parents to Joya and also have Vee, Maxine’s Mum who is terminally ill with Huntington’s disease. Next door live Ashley and Leo who have Maxine’s Mum living in their annex. The characters of all these adults develops throughout the book into complex individuals each with their own issues.
The story begins near the end with a dead body and then goes back to where it all began and we learn of the events and issues that lead death. The book discusses the effects of Huntington’s disease not only on the sufferer but also the knock-on effect on other members of the family. Next door we have Ashley who has grown to hate her mother due to an event when she was a teenager.
I loved the characters of Vee and Joya but didn’t much like the other characters as they seemed to be very selfish people and a bit unrealistic which lost the book a few points.
A very good read and I thank Bloodhound Books for the ARC
Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of guinea pigs.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction.