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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press Ltd (1 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909593575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909593572
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 by Legend Press in 2013. Her second Legend Press book, The Cold Cold Sea, was published in August 2014.
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.

Visit Linda's website: www.lindahuber.net

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'An emotionally intelligent thriller - a little gem of a book.' --International bestselling author Caro Ramsay

'Menace crackles through the prose in Linda Huber's disturbing thriller The Paradise Trees.' --We Love This Book

'I was gripped by the incredible writing style; the ability to keep the reader guessing and the love that the family share... Huber deals with abuse in a realistic way. The victims feel the effects in everything they do and Huber does not shy away from this. Huber also confronts issues of dementia and nursing homes for the elderly. I am glad I read this book... This book would no doubt provoke great debate within a reading group.' --Newbooks Magazine

About the Author

Linda Huber was raised in Glasgow and trained in physiotherapy. Her writing is heavily influenced by her experience learning about methods of behaviour and how different people react and deal with stressful situations. Linda now lives in Arbon, Switzerland where she works as a language teacher based at a school in a castle dating from the 12th century. She has had over 50 short stories and articles published. The Paradise Trees is Linda's debut novel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a really gripping read that I had to clear the decks for and read in one go.

Alicia left home at the age of 16, fleeing a brutal tyrannical father and never returned until now. Following her father's series of strokes and the onset of dementia, she returns to help arrange his care, along with her 8 year old daughter, Jenny. This brings back a whole host of unwanted memories of her unhappy childhood that until now were buried deep inside her.

The story deals well with the dilemmas of caring for an elderly parent - what to do, should they be cared for at home or in a nursing home? However, this is not the main thrust of the story.

Alicia has a stalker who is known only as "The Stranger" with chapters alternating, some told from Alicia's viewpoint and some from The Strangers. These chapters are particularly chilling and full of menace and fascinating reading. We do not know his identity right until the end of the book and until then we are given a number of possible suspects. I found myself constantly changing my mind as to the identity of the stalker as the author cleverly casts suspicion all around.

The story is well paced, full of drama and with a gripping, chilling conclusion. A read that is highly recommended for lovers of suspense fiction.

Thanks to the publishers for an ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BerwickBabs on 14 Sep 2013
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There were lots of things I loved about this book. The use of two voices was a clever device: we have Alicia, the divorced mum who has returned to her unhappy childhood home to care for an ageing father with dementia; and 'the stranger', the quite terrifying figure who is stalking Alicia and her little daughter and planning their murder.
Both voices are entirely convincing, but the 'stranger' voice is particularly compelling in the way it veers between self-pity and justification for the terrible murder plan. There are times in these sections of the narrative where the reader's flesh genuinely crawls in horror and revulsion.
Another very clever piece of plotting is the way the reader must gradually work out who the stalker is. Sophisticated readers may guess that it is not the character they are being primed to believe it is, but the real identity of the 'stranger' is still not obvious until very near the denouement.
Other plus points: a believable setting and the sub-plot about what happened to Alicia as a girl and the mixed emotions over her father's dementia. These all add layers to the book.
A clever, original thriller. I'm really looking forward to seeing more from Linda Huber!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
Thank you kindly to Legend Press for allowing me a copy of this book via netgalley.

Alicia returns to her home for the first time in many years, bringing her daughter to stay for the Summer and help out with the care of her Father who has suffered a stroke. Dark memories arise from her time living at home..and she can't quite put her finger on the entire reasons for her discomfort - yes her Father was strict, unbending and abusive but there is something she can't quite remember. Meanwhile someone is watching both her and her daughter...watching and waiting...

I loved the way this story flowed....written in quite a punchy style, from the point of view of Alice and her "stalker" it gives you a real sense of menace as you read...cleverly, the setting makes this even more apparent - the beautiful village with friendly locals and lovely scenery should be a place of safety but no-one knows what goes on behind closed doors. As Alicia faces her past and heads into a dangerous future you are never quite sure where the journey is going to end. Ms Huber has a genuine talent for putting you in her characters heads and this is an intelligent and thoughtful debut.

On another note it is also has an eye to dealing with illness and the very real issues having an elderly parent who needs full time care can pose for a family. Alicia's opposing view to that of her Aunt in what is best for her father is very well imagined - a discussion I am sure goes on in homes all over the country...and that adds to the realism of the situation Alicia finds herself in.

All in all I would definitely recommend this for lovers of mystery stories - it has a hint of the "old school" about it which makes it a great book to sit and indulge yourself with. Watch out though...you never know who might be watching you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat McDonald on 15 May 2014
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What a wonderful book! It kept me on edge of my seat all the way through. I loved the way two mysteries ran side by side; Alicia's memories of an abused childhood return as she takes her daughter back to the house where her own nightmare began.
This is cleverly woven into a gradually emerging sinister presence of the Stranger who plans to take her own daughter and ultimately her. When I thought I knew who The Strangers was, the plot made me change my mind - so often.
It is extremely well written, one of those books that gives total pleasure. I did manage to guess towards the end, but then the plot had me gripped - would they get there in time! It's clever, with a lead character that you can identify with. Can't wait for The Cold Cold Sea which I believe is the next Linda Huber offering; she is a definite author for my collection.
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