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They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose in her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and tapped 999.
When three-year-old Olivia disappears from the beach, a happy family holiday comes to an abrupt end. Maggie is plunged into the darkest nightmare imaginable – what happened to her little girl?
Further along the coast, another mother is having problems too. Jennifer’s daughter Hailey is starting school, and it should be such a happy time, but the child is increasingly moody and silent. Family life has never seemed so awkward, and Jennifer struggles to maintain control.
The tide ebbs and flows, and summer dies, but there is no comfort for Maggie, alone now at the cottage, or for Jennifer, still swamped by doubts.
‘A psychologically astute, edge-of-the-seat story.’ Hilary Johnson
‘Unsettling and disturbing… I couldn’t put it down.’ Rebecca Muddiman
‘Breathtaking and utterly compelling.’ Debi Alper
Linda Huber takes the reader on an emotional journey in her latest novel. The Cold Cold Sea is the perfect title for this book. It is a haunting but gripping tale which examines every parent’s worst nightmare.
Olivia is three-years-old when she goes missing during an outing to the beach whilst she and her family are on holiday in Cornwall. A massive police investigation ensues but it seems increasingly likely that Olivia went into the sea and that her disappearance is the result of a tragic accident. This leaves her mother, Maggie in a desperate state of limbo as she has no idea if whether to hope for her daughter’s safe return, or the discovery of a body so they can finally have some closure.
This was a book that I couldn’t stop reading once I picked it up. Linda captures the panic of Olivia’s parents when the three-year-old disappears well. The pain that they both go through in the following days is heart-breaking and believable; you can see how this sort of tragedy can destroy families and break some people up. The opening prologue of the novel is chilling and very vivid. Nothing is clear about what is happening and this compelled me to read on.
In the aftermath of Olivia’s disappearance, Linda explores the effects that Olivia going missing has had on her family and it does make you think how other families going through this same situation cope behind the spotlight of the media when their world is falling apart. It is a slow burner but the story really pulls you into the pages and I continued to wonder if Maggie was ever going to be reunited with her daughter. Linda Huber did keep me in suspense as I wondered what the outcome for the family was going to be.
This is the first novel which I have read by Linda and I am eager to pick up her earlier work after reading her latest. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. There will be times when you’ll just want to shout at the characters and you’ll want to find out what the outcome for Olivia and her family will be. This book comes highly recommended from me. Thank you to Kelly at Loves Book Group for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read.
Publisher: Amazon Media
Print length: 275 pages
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