I’m pleased to welcome Linda Huber to the blog to talk about her 3 books today.
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. Her first psychological suspense novel was published in 2013, and was followed by seven others. She has also published a collection of feel-good short stories, and (winter 2018) two novellas.
After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, she has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.
What’s the first book you remember reading?
I had a Noddy picture book I loved as a very small child, but the first ‘real’ book I remember was Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. The series had not long been on TV, then one day I opened a seventh birthday present and there was the book – I was so pleased; I still remember the joy. I hadn’t realised there was a book too… I’m sure I would read other Enid Blytons around that age too, but Swallows and Amazons made the lasting impression.
What book will always stay with you and why?
Richard Hugh’s A High Wind in Jamaica. It was a school reader when I was a teenager, and I loved the story of the family of children who landed in a pirate ship by accident. But the book has very dark undertones as well as the adventure – and that ending! It’s the most chilling I’ve ever read, and yet, if you haven’t read the book, it’s so innocuous. I still have that one on my shelf.
One book you are looking forward to reading?
Almost too many to choose from here! The next Tony Hill book by Val McDermid, the next Lynley book by Elizabeth George, and then there are so many writers whose books I follow – Jane Isaac, Carmen Radtke, Terry Tyler’s Renova series, and many more. If I had to pick just one, I’d choose Tony Hill. He has such a gloriously damaged relationship with Carol in these books; I’d really like to see them both happy one day.
Secrets. Lies. Murder?
Eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents are always fighting, and Grandma Vee is sick. And someone nearby has a death wish – but Joya doesn’t know that yet.
Next door, Leo is realising that going into business with Eleanor was the worst mistake ever. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter Ashley has good reason to hate her mother, too. The atmosphere is toxic, and old wounds refuse to heal.
Soon these two families will collide, and the consequences might just be fatal…