Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Ward Zero: ...the dead ward Paperback – October 11, 2016
Find Rare and Collectible Books
Discover rare, signed and first edition books on AbeBooks, an Amazon Company. Learn More on AbeBooks.com.
Customers who bought this item also bought
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…
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
Petra and her young daughter, Frankie are in a panic. Having suffered a number of strokes, Wilma, Petra’s grandmother, is ensconced in hospital for the foreseeable future. That however doesn’t stop the rent from being due. Thankfully, Petra has taken on the majority of Wilma’s affairs including paying her rent on time. But there’s no money. All of Wilma’s savings have gone. Just vanished! Whilst visiting Wilma in hospital, Petra bumps into Sarah and her foster mother. Sarah recognises Petra immediately as Petra’s daughter has also spent time in her foster mother’s care. By being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Sarah is unwittingly thrown into a tale of deceit and murder. The bodies begin to pile up, but can Sarah work out who the ‘con artist turned murderer’ is before it’s too late…?
I love books where everyone you meet along the way ‘could’ be the killer and this is one of those books. Who would be so heartless as to steal the life savings of the elderly hospital patients? The guy who works in the hospital bank? The incredibly secretive staff nurse? Oh there are plenty of suspects. I did manage to guess who the killer was before the reveal but Linda Huber’s writing kept me on my toes. You make an educated guess at the suspect, only to be convinced otherwise a few pages on!
This book had a lovely family feel about it; a real ‘them versus us’, ‘good versus evil’ which I really enjoyed. It’s a strange thing for me to say on this blog but the family feel gave the story warmth and a sense of camaraderie. I really liked Sarah and was cheering her on all the way.
The closing chapters were creepy and I was on the edge of my seat, wondering whether Sarah would manage to escape her predicament. I was drawn into the story and was fascinated to see where the plot would go.
Would I recommend this book? I would. It’s a jot gentler than my usual reads but it was very enjoyable and I’m keen to move Linda’s previous books to the top of the TBR. I enjoyed Linda’s writing and characters and look forward to reading more soon.
Four out of five stars.
Many thanks to Linda Huber for providing me with a copy of Ward Zero…the Dead Ward in exchange for an honest review.