I’m pleased to be joining the blogtour for Linda Huber’s The Cold Cold Sea with an extract from the book for you today. Isn’t that cover a beauty? I’m sorry I’ve not had time to read it yet as I’ve heard good things about it. In the meantime, here is that extract. It takes place in Autumn and features the second family in the book at the end of the half term week.
‘Last day of the holidays, Hailey darling. We’re going to have such a lovely time!’
Jennifer watched as Hailey took her place at the breakfast table. Thank goodness the child had a little more colour this past week or two. The hair was still all wrong, but they were going to address that today and then she would look like a proper daughter and not some waif from the local orphanage. And the bruises were almost gone.
Jennifer spooned up her muesli. She was feeling surprisingly good these days. She’d expected the last few weeks of her pregnancy to be exhausting, but life was so bright and – exuberant, yes, that was the word – she really couldn’t remember when she’d last felt so energetic.
Of course Hailey still had her moments of being sulky, and she could be a real scaredy-cat too, which was infuriating when Jennifer was in such a good mood all the time. But all in all, the child was settling in very well. There had been no more wet clothes brought home from school – it was amazing what setting clear boundaries could do. All they needed was to fix the hair.
A rush of affection almost overwhelmed Jennifer as she looked at Hailey, who was drinking her milk exactly as a good child should. The little girl caught her eye and smiled promptly. Oh, it was wonderful to have a daughter. And in no time at all Phillip would be home to share her joy. The wait was nearly over now.
Jennifer massaged her belly, rejoicing when a baby moved beneath her hands, but her happy mood slipped when she glanced at Hailey again. What was the child thinking, scowling into her cereal like that?
Jennifer sipped her tea, deliberately looking away from the little girl. She was going to enjoy today, even if Hailey insisted on being miserable. It was marvellous, feeling strong and positive all the time. Jennifer laughed aloud.
‘We have a busy day in front of us, darling. First, we’re going to get our hair cut. Then after lunch we’re going to the clinic and Dr Rosen will check that the babies are all right. That’ll be fun, won’t it?’
Hailey stared mutely, touching her straggling brown hair. Jennifer got up and walked round the table.
‘Big smile, darling, Mummy wants you to be happy!’
The smile appeared immediately, and Jennifer hugged Hailey tightly.
Thanks to Kelly at LoveBooksGroupTours for inviting me to take part. The Cold Cold Sea is available to order by clicking here.
From the back of the book
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
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. Currently she teaches one day a week, and writes psychological suspense novels and feel-good novellas with (most of) the rest of her time.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she turned to psychological suspense fiction, and her seventh novel, Death Wish, was published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.
Linda’s latest project is a series of feel-good novellas, set on the banks of Lake Constance and just minutes from her home in north-east Switzerland. She really appreciates having the views enjoyed by her characters right on her own doorstep!
Amazon Author Page: viewAuthor.at/LindaHuber
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