Firstly before I start ranting away I would like to thank BloodHound Books for including me on this tour for Stolen Sister by Linda Huber a book I devoured in about a day, and take a wee look at whats on the back cover.
What happens when a baby goes missing?
Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion. Now grown-up , Erin and Vicky – who have been separated- are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunts deathbed she learns that she isn’t alone after all. But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins……..
Elsewhere , Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood. Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news. What links Vicky and Christine? Will Vicky ever find her sister? And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?
Now that blurb must have already caught your interest as it caught my eye straight away when I was scanning through my emails.
When Vicky ad her disabled brother Jamie are left orphans after the explosion that killed their parents it is up to Great- Aunt Maisie to step up and take over and care for the children, in her 70’s though caring for two young children is hard work especially little Jamie. Maisie really struggles to care for Jamie and provide him with the care that he needs and it all becomes too much for her in the most heart breaking way and when a nurse sees her falling apart and not coping, the children are taken into care. My heart broke to pieces for Maisie who really wanted to keep and look after Vicky as she was the only family left , but Vicky was adamant she was staying with her brother. As the story continued I struggled to put it down. Now all grown up and an upbringing that tugs on the heart strings, Vicky has to come to terms with the fact her great- aunt is dying, and Maisie drops the bombshell that Vicky has a sister.
We then meet Christine who is really going through the mill and about to embark on her new life, new job and new house when she discovers she is pregnant. Christine suffers from really bad morning sickness and struggling at work with it all, that she decided to weigh up her options on the best course of action to take for her and her unborn baby – she decides to seek some advice from her mum and dad. At this point I felt the story really started to take hold and I was putting together the puzzle of what was happening but nothing could have prepared me for what was to come. This was the bit I took to cooking and generally trying to deal with life one handed as I couldn’t put the book down for one minute and go back to it I had to know where It was all going.
Linda writes beautifully about topics that can be a bit taboo and difficult to talk about from Adoption to fostering, complex family ties, coping with a family member with additional needs. I cant begin to imagine what life would have been like for Vicky being past from pillar to post, in and out of foster homes , to then be separated from her brother after he was put in a special care home type of place that could support his needs. To then discover after carrying the burden of everything that you have a sister. For Erin to grow up and find out that she had been lied to her whole life.
Stolen Sister is an addictive read that dives and touches on numerous subjects that make you sit back and reflect on your own life. A compelling read that had me on the edge of my seat.
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, a rescue dog and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by eight others. Under her pen name Melinda Huber, she has also published a charity collection of romantic short stories and a series of feel-good novellas.
After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house , Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in North-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel
You can find Linda on twitter @LindaHuber19
Her website is Lindahuber.net
My many thanks again to Bloodhound Books for this opportunity to be on the blog tour.