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Ward Zero: ...the dead ward Paperback – October 11, 2016
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About the Author
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. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog.
Linda’s books are psychological suspense novels, and the ideas for them come from daily life. The Paradise Trees and The Cold Cold Sea were published in 2013/2014 and followed by The Attic Room in 2015 and Chosen Child in early 2016. Ward Zero, her fifth book, was inspired by a Swiss TV programme and a hospital in the UK…
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I'd say that in 'Ward Zero' Huber offers her readers much more than their usual opportunity to experience a thoroughly rewarding read. For me, this novel possibly has an even sharper edge than some of her other work, perhaps because of her extremely clever use of third-person multiple perspectives. The victims' stories are related with heart-rending authenticity. At the same time, the antagonist makes an early appearance in the story and Huber's close attention to this person's characterisation is not only typical of the impressive quality of her writing but also results in one of the eeriest portrayals of a serial killer that I've ever come across. The risk of spoilers necessitates brevity at this point but suffice to say that perhaps you might prepare to become conflicted as your relationship with this fascinating character develops.
The race against time as the narrative hurtles towards its climax is ably handled by Huber in such a way that I'd say it's several steps above and beyond the closing stages of her other novels. I enjoy a good thriller but few affect me to this extent. I was, quite literally, unable to tear myself away from the story for page after page after page. It takes great skill in a writer to hook me like that.
Stylistically, I've always been struck by Huber's ability to create such a memorable and engaging atmosphere throughout her stories. She quickly sets an upbeat and colourful everyday tone. It's disarming. Don't relax. The darkness she's about to introduce will take your breath away and the menace that permeates her narratives will chill you to the core.
Without doubt, I'd say that Huber's work is so much better than many of the mainstream novels I read (and choose not to review) and 'Ward Zero' is yet another of her titles that would make such a great psychological drama for the big or small screen.
The story starts off where the reader realises that something bad is going to happen to Sarah and then we are taken back to events leading up to quite a dramatic ordeal. I think this makes the reader a lot more wary of everyone that Sarah meets as quite a few of the characters could be the culprit.
I think the story line is very much a realistic one which made it even more gripping. I won’t go into the story line to much as I don’t want to give to much away but it’s certainly something I have seen in the news sadly happening quite often to the older generation and it really angered me.
Even though the author puts quite a few red herrings in there to try and throw you off the scent as to who the culprit could be, I did work out early on as to who it was but I was still interested to see how they were going to get caught out and it certainly gets quite a tense read the further into the story we go.
Sarah is a likeable character who gets dragged into something she can’t possible imagine. All she is trying to do is look after the people she cares about but by doing this she leaves herself in danger. It very much becomes a race against time in exposing the killer before he kills again.
Ward Zero is a suspenseful and chilling read. It makes for a tense and in parts, an uneasy read that will have you wanting to keep turning the pages to see what the outcome is going to be. A must read for fans of psychological suspense/thriller novels.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love her style as she is the most varied author I know that comes up with some unique plots.
The plot of this is very realistic, can, and may even happen or happened, who knows.
Sarah returns to her home town and ends up staying for all kinds of reasons.
(I am trying not to give the plot away)
I whet my husband's interest with this one last night and he can't wait to start reading it just after he finishes the book hes reading now.
What stood out for me was the fact the the person concerned who was the 'baddie' I was at times shouting at myself because I was actually feeling sorry for him come on, wake up Sue I said to myself, hes a nasty man.
You will see what I mean when you read this.
There's this little child inside and it takes away from the badness he is doing if you are not careful!!
Linda Huber brings out a side to the villain that not only makes you at times feel sorry for him, you then hear his excuses and his reasoning on why he had to do what he did but he really didn't want to, he was scared, but not in the manner you may think! [I am shutting up here]
Although we get to know early on whose who and what is what the plot is paced fast, the characters are real in your minds eye and you can even visual them.
One of the old ladies was described so well I could even imagine her sat there in her chair.
Very cleverly written, and very cleverly done.
Full 5 * from me.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased review. I am not affiliated with the author.
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