Happy Friday everyone! So week one of lockdown is nearly done. I hope you’re all staying safe out there and only doing the necessities. Anyhow I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for The Runaway by Linda Huber to town!
A massive thank you to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of the book (which I also bought from the ‘Zon).
Keep your secrets close to home…
Bad things happen in threes – or so it seems to Nicola. The death of her mother-in-law coincides with husband Ed losing his job and daughter Kelly getting into trouble with the police. Time to abandon their London lifestyle and start again by the sea in far-away Cornwall.
It should be the answer to everything – a new home, a new job for Ed and a smaller, more personal school for fifteen-year-old Kelly. But the teenager hates her new life, and it doesn’t take long before events spiral out of control and the second set of bad things starts for Nicola.
Some secrets can’t be buried.
Or… can they?
What Did I Think?
Oh my! What a heartbreaker of an opener! Family deaths are never easy, but to learn of one when you’re settling down to a quiet evening for two….but then what follows leads to so so much more that just the death of a loved one!
What was Ed’s “demon past”? Why was he reluctant to stay to long in Cornwall for the funeral? As the story developed, I got to know more of Ed’s past and the ghosts that haunt his mind. And it’s not a pretty place to be! Huber really painted a picture of a seriously messed up adolescence and hell, that will not leave my head!
I loved how the story jumped from the various perspectives of the family now and the sporadically dropping into the young Ed’s world. This stopped me from getting too comfortable and trying to work out what was going on too quickly. The more the story went on in this way, the more tense I became.
The story wouldn’t let me be comfortable with my thought process, but it wouldn’t be a psych/thriller if I did! I had an idea what happened to poor Kelly was but the question is.. was I right?!?
This is the first novel I’ve read by Linda Huber but I’ve indulged in her rather interesting blog posts. Huber has written a tense family thriller where the characters are entirely believable and relatable. Kelly with her teenage angst and want for freedom, Nicola wanting the less stressful life and Ed being eaten up by his past! The big question is, will Kelly be found before it’s too late?
Who Is Linda Huber?
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. Currently she teaches one day a week, and writes psychological suspense novels and feel-good novellas with (most of) the rest of her time.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines before turning to psychological suspense fiction. The Runaway is her ninth book, and is set mostly in Cornwall, where she spent several happy holidays as a child.
Linda’s other project is a series of feel-good novellas written under the pen name Melinda Huber and set on the banks of Lake Constance, just minutes from her home in north-east Switzerland. She really appreciates having the views enjoyed by her characters right on her own doorstep!
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Amazon Author Page: viewAuthor.at/LindaHuber