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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (August 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074W7S1BM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The heart of the story is set in the two homes of the two different families. In one house we have Joya, her parents and her grandma Vee who has Huntingdon's disease. I have to say I found the story line to do with the disease quite an emotional one. Not only does Martine, Joya's mum, have the worry of looking after her mother who doesn't want to be a burden, she also has to face the fear of whether she has got it and also whether she has passed it onto her daughter. All that Joya knows, is the once happy home and family she is used to seems very strained.
In the other house we have Leo and Ashley who have found their perfect home of which unfortunately they have to partly share with Eleanor, Ashley's mother. It soon becomes clear why Ashley is not a big fan of her mothers and it's obvious from the start them all living together really isn't going to work out.
Joya is a fabulous little character. It was great to see a lot of the story through the eyes of a child and realising how much they over hear and see that as parent's we probably don't realise. It did make me think if at times it is best to keep things from them or if we should be honest at all times with our children. It will certainly give you food for thought.
I don't want to go into the story line itself to much as I think it is much better for the readers to discover the going on's between these pages themselves.
Death Wish tackles quite a few life issues and is very much of the domestic noir genre. Whilst not full of thrills, the author still manages to grab the readers attention right from the off until the very last page. The characters lives draw you in and absorb your whole being so that you struggle to put the book down until you know how everything is going to play out and it certainly did not disappoint! Guaranteed to be a hit with fans new and old of the authors.
Two families, each with their own issues find themselves rapidly interlinked by circumstances. There are similarities in the family dynamics whereby ‘mother’ is living with them.
Martine, Stu and eight year old Joya are a normal happy family, then mum Vee comes to live there and due to her Huntingdon’s illness everything changes. Martine becomes resentful with her caring role, arguments arise between her and Stu, Joya feels torn between her warring parents and seeks friendship with the young couple next door.
Ashley and Leo take Joya under their wing but is it enough to keep her happy and safe?
Leo rather foolishly embarks on a business venture with Ashley’s mum Eleanor, she is the mother-in-law from hell and she is not an easy or welcome guest when she insists on moving into their annex.
There are so many fabulous believable characters in Death Wish I found myself swapping my opinion several times on who I felt sorry for. Joya was probably my favourite, from a child’s point of view her life was altering rapidly in a scary way and it’s so easy to see why she was distraught at times and behaved the way she did. I must say her rabbit was incredibly well fed!
There are several topics covered which made this an engaging read for me, without giving any spoilers I found the mental health, adoption and euthanasia sections very sensitively dealt with. Add in secrets, friendship, family and death and that makes a superb concoction for a story.
This is a mesmerising book which had me hooked from the onset .. highly recommended. Now I am desperate to go back and read all of Linda’s other books which I have my eye on.
Huge thanks to Linda and Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily and the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.
Joya, the only child of Martine and Stu is caught in the middle of her parent's crisis. Martine's mother is coming to live with them as her health is deteriorating fast. She has Huntingdon's. Granny Vee is the centre of the household and her pain and suffering affects them all.
The dilemma for Martine is whether or not to be tested as it is an inherited disease. The result will change nothing except her own knowledge of what will happen to her. Joya too could have inherited it and she cannot face knowing. Stu wants her to take the test but she just cannot.
Next door, Leo and Ashley are new arrivals and they become friends with Joya. Ashley's mother, Eleanor, moves into their annexe and is hell bent on making Ashley's life even more difficult. They both hate her but as she invested an enormous amount of money into Stu's business, he made a deal with her that he is not able to change her mind about. He keeps pretending that she has agreed to move elsewhere, but she has no intention of doing so.
Things quickly become complicated. The characters are all so different but they work well together for this bizarre plot.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to Bloodhound books for this opportunity.
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Death Wish by Linda Huber had me hooked within the first few pages and I was fascinated with how the characters told their story.Read more
Book was okay, author wrote well and everything just wasn't that exciting for me.Read more