Ward Zero: The Dead Ward by Linda Huber
Horror swept through her. Had she been buried alive?
On Sarah’s first visit to see her foster mother, Mim, in Brockburn General Hospital, she is sucked into a world that isn’t what it should be.
Someone is lying, someone is stealing. And someone is killing – but who? With a grieving child to take care of, as well as Mim, Sarah has to put family first. She doesn’t see where danger lies – until it’s too late.
If you think you’re safe in a hospital, think again.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sarah arrives back in England to spend time with her Foster mum, Mim. However, this isn’t to be the relaxing quality time she is expecting. Mim is in hospital recovering from a knee operation. Circumstances see Mim offering a home to 11 year old Frankie and Sarah has the pair to care for.
What starts off as an easy women’s fiction read soon takes on a life of its own as a full blown Crime Thriller. A man is out to swindle old ladies out of their money so he can create a luxury home for himself. His determination to have what he feels he is entitled to whatever the cost push him to murder people who get in his way. But who is he?
With several suspects and many twists and turns the reader is left with a tangled web. The reasons and methods of the murder are clear but the killer is not.
The story is told from the perspective of Sarah and Caitlin and while the police are obviously in charge of the investigation they take a back seat in this book.
The characters develop well into complex individuals and are realistic. The story is believable and moves along at a fairly fast pace to keep the reader turning the pages.
I would have liked a different ending but it is what it is and it was still a very good read.
Linda Huber 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 goldfish and guinea pigs.
Linda now lives in Switzerland, in a little town on the banks of beautiful Lake Constance.
Her debut psychological suspense novel The Paradise Trees was published in 2013, and was followed by The Cold Cold Sea, The Attic Room, Chosen Child, Ward Zero, Baby Dear, and Death Wish. Linda has also had over 50 short stories and articles published, some of which can be read in The Saturday Secret, a charity collection of short (feel-good) stories.