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The Cold Cold Sea [Kindle Edition]

Linda Huber
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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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 from her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and dialled 999. When three-year-old Olivia disappears, her parents are overwhelmed with grief. Weeks go by and Olivia's mother refuses to leave the cottage, staring out at the turbulent sea and praying it didn't claim her precious daughter's life. Not far away, another mother watches proudly as her daughter starts school. Jennifer has loved Hailey for five years, but the child is suddenly moody and difficult, and there's a niggling worry of doubt that Jennifer cannot shake off. As she struggles to maintain control there are gaps in her story that even she can't explain. Time is running out for Maggie at the cottage, and also for Jennifer and Hailey. No-one can underestimate a mother's love for her child, and no-one can predict the lengths one will go to, to protect her family.

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'I couldn't put it down. The Cold Cold Sea is gripping from the first page until the last. Unsettling and disturbing, the actions of the all too human characters lead to a devastating and tense climax. Highly recommended.' -- Rebecca Muddiman 'Breathtaking and utterly compelling... Linda's narrative voices are flawless and the rhythm of her prose is pitch perfect' -- Debi Alper 'There is no way to avoid the cliche: I could not put this novel down! Disturbing and compelling... a psychologically astute, edge-of-the-seat story.' -- Hilary Johnson

About the Author

Linda Huberis alanguage teacher and a former physiotherapist.She is the author of"The Paradise Trees "and she has hadmore than50 short stories and articles published in magazines."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWQ19YQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where she trained as a physiotherapist. She spent the next ten years working with neurological patients and handicapped children, firstly in Glasgow and then in Switzerland. During this time she learned that different people have different ways of dealing with stressful events in their lives, and this knowledge still helps her today, in her writing.

Linda now lives in Arbon, Switzerland, where she works as a language teacher at a school in a medieval castle on the banks of Lake Constance.

The Paradise Trees is her debut novel and was published in 2013. The Cold Cold Sea followed in 2014 and The Attic Room in 2015.
Linda has also had over 50 short stories and articles published in women's magazines, and contributed a story to the 2014 published anthology Winter Tales. All proceeds from this book go to The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent tale of pain and loss 17 Aug. 2014
By Christine M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story of two families. Maggie and Colin are on holiday in Cornwall, when their daughter Livvy goes missing. For Maggie, the pain and guilt is unbearable. Heavily pregnant Jennifer has a five year old daughter, Hailey. Hailey has become more difficult to manage and thankfully is starting school. Jennifer is waiting for her husband to return from America, and for life to get back to normal.

What impressed me was the way Linda Huber dealt with difficult issues, like pain and loss, child abuse and in no way was sentimental. There was a mature feel to the emotional content. This is an intelligent read, that leaves you reflecting on how you would cope in Jennifer or Maggie's situation.

A split second lack of attention had led to their daughter going missing. Colin and Maggie both blamed each other and you could tell their relationship was falling apart. As for Jennifer, this thread of the book was the most fascinating. Jennifer's character and motivation are slowly revealed over the course of the book. Initially we see a cold, unfeeling mother and it takes a while to put this into some kind of context. I found myself feeling a great deal of empathy for her.

Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Believeable 20 May 2015
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I read this book as a mother who had a two year old child disappear 35 years ago. Presumed drowned! Still searching I found it to be believable. I felt for the abductors: the parents and the children. Cleverly written, covering or touching upon so many emotions. I wonder how it would feel to read a book like this without inside knowledge. I envy all that can. I found it helpful, a soul stroking, insightful book. Thank you for writing it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and evocative. 14 Aug. 2014
An extremely emotional read this one, so evocative and very very haunting dealing as it does with the loss of a child and the far reaching consequences that this can have on a family. As well as being beautifully written, it is very memorable and one that will stay with me for a long time.

A momentary lapse of attention during a day at the beach and Olivia is lost. Her parents Maggie and Colin pray, but it seems as if she has been taken by the cold cold sea – although Maggie refuses to leave their cottage, holding onto hope, Colin understands that they have to move on. Not far away from Maggie, we find Jennifer, pregnant and alone while her husband is away in the US, she is struggling to cope with her 5 year old daughter as she starts school. Hailey is becoming unmanageable and Jennifer cannot quite put her finger on the problem…

Perfectly paced and with great psychological insight, this is an intriguing and graceful story with a dark heart and great resonance to the writing that holds you in place throughout. My sympathy ebbed and flowed with each passing chapter, I was at turns horrified and captivated, often surprised by the reactions of some of the exquisitely drawn characters. My favourite being Hailey’s schoolteacher, so involved and caring in her work, one would hope that all our children could be taught by someone like her.

Overall a wonderful read, heart stopping and heart warming in equal measure and one that comes highly recommended from me.

Happy Reading Folks!

**Source: Publisher review copy**
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent psychological suspense story... 19 Jan. 2015
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Three year old Olivia Grainger disappears from the Cornish beach where she has been happily collecting seashells and for her parents, Colin and Maggie, their worst nightmare is about to come true. Meanwhile, not too far away, Jennifer is settling into her new home and preparing her daughter, Hailey, for school. On the surface, these two families have nothing to connect them but by a series of clever manipulations the story reveals how all too easily people can be duped into believing what they think they see.

From the start, this clever psychological suspense story draws you into a web of deceit which is so deftly manoeuvred that at times you really do have to stop and take a breath. The writing is very good, the plot credible and the whole premise of the novel works well because of the believability of the characters involved. The anguish of Colin and Maggie is so well done that their devastating terror at the loss of Olivia is palpable and deeply upsetting. Jennifer, on the other hand, is a skilled manipulator; she is supremely flawed but no less fascinating because of that, however, it is her treatment of Hailey which will have every parent itching to make a phone call to social services. Jennifer’s husband Philip, largely absent in America for much of the action of the story, gets drawn into the mêlée largely by default but his bewilderment is credible and his actions understandable. However, the real star of the novel is Hailey who shows wisdom and tenacity far beyond the scope of her tender years.

To say more about this excellent novel would be to do both the book and the author a complete disservice. The Cold Cold Sea deserves to be read, as I did, in one sitting on a cold and blustery day, when the scudding clouds overhead cast as much a shadow on the world as did the book itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning - not a beach read! 13 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was compelling reading although at times I wanted to do so from behind a cushion as every parent’s nightmare unfolds over 256 pages. This book is almost understated in tone but beware it is full of raw emotions and drills into your mind making it a book that you won’t easily forget.

I was instantly dragged into memories of summer days sat on the beach entertaining children with rock pools and sandcastles. For Olivia’s mother Maggie she felt hurt when her daughter spurned her attention and wanted to look in the rock pools with her father Colin and big brother Joe, with the Cornish beach empty she makes her way across to them and Maggie pours herself a cup of coffee and waits for them to return for biscuits. When the Colin and Joe make their way back there is the awful realisation that Olivia is missing. Colin’s reaction isn’t sugar-coated, he is furious with his wife and when the search finds no trace of the little girl he goes with his son to his parent’s house leaving Maggie to wait for the return of her daughter.

A few weeks later teacher Katie who is preparing her classroom for the infants starting at the private school where she works, she’s a little nervous and easily intimidated by the mothers who look like they’ve stepped out of glamorous magazines but soon she has sufficiently worried about Hailey Marshall to visit her mother. Disturbed by the lack of feeling Jennifer Marshall shows her young daughter she talks to her colleagues who soon reassure her that with Jenifer Marshall pregnant with twins and her husband Peter away caring for his sick grandmother that hormones and tiredness are the most likely cause.
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Wow! What a page turner. I just loved this book. A little girl goes missing, presumed drowned, in Cornwall. Another little girl goes missing and is found dead on holiday abroad. Read more
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