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…
I would like to thank the publisher Bloodhound Books, author Linda Huber and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of Death Wish in return for an honest review.
Bloodhound Books have a proven track record of publishing great thrillers, packed with secrets, murder and lies. Death Wish by Linda Huber carries this on, with a story of two families whose worlds collide, in a tale of fatal consequences.
Linda Huber weaves an intricate series of events into a tale about how families in turmoil, can make decisions that could tear them apart. All the characters within this book are well written and highly believable. Little Joya is without doubt my favourite, she is the connection between the two families, caught up in the erratic, almost comical actions of the adults around her. You can feel her mounting confusion as she tries to decipher why her parents and neighbours, are behaving in such a guilty fashion. The dynamics within the families is also superbly drawn. You can understand why they seem so dysfunctional and how they could end up following the path they do. Under pressure from a domineering mum and another suffering from a life limiting disease, it all adds to the strain they are under. Which makes their actions if not understandable or justified, they are believable and shocking.
The writer skilfully draws all the threads of her story together to form a conclusion which will leave you shocked and unnerved. Could you to, having been caught up in a series of misadventures, follow the same path as the families in this story? You may think you wouldn’t, but Death Wish will make you question those dearly held assumptions. It conveys a tense and anguished mood of two families in crisis.
What I enjoyed about this novel was the intimate and claustrophobic feel, as you followed the main characters down the path to a conclusion they could not avoid.
I read Death Wish in two very enjoyable sittings and would recommend it to anyone seeking a family based drama with murder at it’s heart.
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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. Her seventh novel, Death Wish, will be published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.
Linda can be followed on Facebook / Author website / Twitter
2 thoughts on “Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Death Wish by Linda Huber.”
Thank you so much for this – really glad you liked Death Wish! My books all have child characters, but this was the first time I’ve given a child a ‘voice’ in the story, so Joya is special to me too.
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The child’s voice really made the story stand out and the way she connected the two families.
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