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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Death Wish @LindaHuber19 @Bloodhoundbook

Death Wish Blog Tour and Review

About Death Wish

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…

My review of Death Wish

Death Wish is a story about family, illness, power and control. It's a cracking read that I read quickly, as I found it very difficult to put down. At first sight this book seems to be a domestic drama about a set of neighbours who have a common bond, that of a couple living with their mother/mother in law, but this novel exposes some deep and dark subjects, that make it a dark and thought provoking read. This is a book with depth, and I loved it for the many sub genres that ran throughout it, and of exploring the complexities of the family unit.

So, what's the book about? Well, the story revolves around two sets of neighbours. We have Ashley and Leo, a young couple who move in to the house next door to Martine and Stu, who have a young daughter, Joya. Leo has bought the house by investing with his mother in law, Eleanor, as without her money he could not afford to buy the property. The deal is that she lives in the annexe. This is all organised without his girlfriend's consent, and so this sets the tone for their relationship with each other and with their new home. 

Martine and Stu are married, and also find themselves living with Martine's mother. Vee, but for very different reasons. Vee has Huntingdon's disease, and as her condition progressively worsens, is forced to live with her daughter and son in law as she needs round the clock care.  This aspect of the story I found to be very realistic, well researched and quite refreshing. Vee is not made to play the victim, the one everyone feels pity towards, but rather she is shown as a strong and independent woman, who is still fiercely stubborn but who now realises that she needs help. I warmed to her instantly, and to Martine. This storyline, between mother and daughter was so very touching and dealt with a serious issue. 

This novel is not a light read, as it does tackle serious issues regarding mortality, morality and relationships. It's a clever read and a slow burning one. You really do have to immerse yourself in the first quarter of the book, to begin to understand the characters and their motives,  to truly understand the decisions that they make. It is not a fast paced, edge of-your-seat kind of read, but then, it is not meant to be. Having said all that, the ending did make me gasp out loud, as I found it totally unexpected. 

Death Wish is a gripping story, and one that had ne hooked from the very first page. I love domestic thrillers, and this book has it all. Drama, deceit and characters that truly intrigued and entertained me. Linda Huber really is a gifted storyteller.

Death Wish was published on August 31st by Bloodhound Books and can be found on Amazon here.

With thanks to Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the tour and for providing an Advanced Reader Copy

About the author

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.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much - really glad you liked my book!