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Friday, September 1, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Death Wish by Linda Huber @lindahuber19 @bloodhoundbook

Starting out September with a bang! ๐ŸŽ† I'm today's spot on the blog tour for Death Wish by Linda Huber.  This is my second book by her (see my review for Baby Dear here) and I'm excited to bring you this story - continue below for a synopsis, author info and my review!

Book Description:

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:

Leo makes the mistake of going into business with his mother-in-law, causing strife between him and his girlfriend.  To try and make amends, he promises to get her out of the house... in any way possible.  They become friends with their neighbors, who also have their mother in the house.  She's dealing with medical issues and also has a shaky relationship with her daughter.  Joya, their little girl, is 8 years old and just trying to figure out what's going on because no one will tell her anything but kids notice things more than people give them credit for.

This book deals with the subject of assisted suicide, which isn't the easiest subject to broach.  The only likable character in this entire book is Joya, and that's because she's a child and you really start to feel bad for everything she's going through.  The prologue starts off strong and leaves you wondering where the book is going to take you.  About 50-60% of the way in, I'm wondering whether this is even a psychological suspense novel or just a domestic drama.  The pacing was way slower than I normally like and if I had to listen to the selfish thoughts of Martine one more time I thought I was going to scream.  If it was the author's intent to make you really not like this character (and I do like to NOT like characters sometimes), then she did an amazing job.  However, the constant battle Martine's character had within herself became way too repetitive for my taste.  I also felt there were a lot of inconsistencies throughout the book and while I can lose plausibility in a book (because after all, it IS fiction), some things just didn't quite add up.  If anyone who has read this would like to discuss with me, please message me!

The ending did get darker which led to more of the suspense and we see that there is a darker side to come, but I do wish it had happened either sooner or bled more throughout the chapters.  I encourage you to read Linda Huber's novel, Baby Dear, as I enjoyed that one a bit more than I did this one (you can find my review here).  One thing I can say is that I love Huber's mind because these scenarios she comes up with are quite interesting.  
Author Bio:

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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