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Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thriller by [Huber, Linda]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books (16 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0722XHTF1
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Caro and Jeff have a good life, they are settled and happily looking forward to starting a family, until they get the devestating news of Jeff being infertile.
Sharon who is looking forward to starting a family, but not yet...and what does this mean for her as she is 8 months pregnant and struggling with the emotions of having a child that doesn't quite fit into her plans.
What a tangled and woven tale that awaits, with Jeff's increasing need to fulfil Caro's dreams of becoming a mum .

The setting and pace of the story is a real page turner, and makes for a fearful read full of dread and suspense. The characters are varied and not always likeable, which makes for a great remit to discuss this book from various angles.
This is a rollercoaster of a read and awaiting the outcome desired is fuelled with tension, but for whom?
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Written in her consistently readable and engaging style, I've always found Huber's work highly enjoyable. She has such a talent for disarming her readers with gentle, easy prose, before ratcheting up the tension with unexpected and surprising ferocity. Her writing can pack a considerable punch and her latest novel, 'Baby Dear', is such a fine example of this.
I'd say this book is a tale of two halves. The first is a nice, light, introduction to the main characters and settings. The pace is oh so comfortable (some might even say slow) and readers unaware of the depth and substance of Huber's craft might perhaps find themselves impatient to sample the promised psychological thriller. On the other hand, those of us familiar with her style are content to bide our time and, like thrill-seekers on the first ascent of an eagerly anticipated white knuckle ride, savour the delicious anticipation of what's to come. And Huber never disappoints.
The transition to the second half of the novel is quite shocking and from then on Huber is merciless as she drags her readers towards a graphic and breathtaking climax that in my opinion is her best yet. The risk of spoilers necessitates brevity at this point but I'd say that, time and time again, she maintains the pace of her atmospheric narrative and avoids weighing things down with unnecessary detail. Her extensive research is apparent but never overstated and her product an excellent story that's as compelling and believable as any of the best dramas on prime time TV.
Heartfelt thanks to Linda Huber for her unforgettable 'Baby Dear'. Terrific entertainment!
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I was an English Lit major, so my (required) science courses tended to be known by names like Rocks-for-Jocks and Magic 101. In one of his first lectures, our tutor was embarrassingly excited about the scientific method—we didn’t know where to look—as he gushed about experimental and control groups. But I found myself thinking back to his lecture as I read the psychological thriller, Baby Dear.

In almost all of her books, author Linda Huber explores relationships and how they affect her characters. For most part, there is a focus on the bond between parent and child, and especially on what can happen when that bond is threatened or damaged. But in Baby Dear, she invites us to follow as she experiments on that bond, deliberately pushing it up to—and even past—its limits.

In this experiment, her characters fall roughly into the control groups described by my old tutor, with the ‘experiment’ testing that most primal of bonds—motherhood.

* Experimental Group: Caro Horne needs to be a mother. Every decision she’s made in the past years, including her choice of husband, has been aimed at that goal. The news that her husband is infertile is simply the end of everything that matters to her. “The child that didn’t exist, that never would, had changed her whole life.”

* Positive Control Group (exposed to some other treatment known to produce the expected effect): Sharon Morrison doesn’t need to be a mother. She and her husband Craig resent the imminent birth of their child. “Oh, they’d talked about a baby one day—in five or six years, maybe. But not yet. The baby had stolen five years of her life. Why had she kept it? Her good Catholic upbringing could take the blame for that.
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This is a fabulous book with twists and turns that result in a fast paced plot, but also great characterisation. When Jeff discovers he’s infertile, he’s desperate to find a solution so that Caro can have the baby she so badly wants. I don’t want to give away any plot spoilers, but suffice it to say that their lives become intertwined with two very different families and the gritty reality of the situation and the flawed characters it features make this a gripping, suspenseful and authentic read that I couldn’t put down. Highly recommended.
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Absolutely loved this book. Kept me gripped from the start. Great story. Brilliant read. You won't be able to put it down.
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Linda Huber's ability to come up with gripping storylines never ceases to surprise me. This is another one of her trademark novels: you will have to keep turning the pages. And just when you think you know what's going to happen, Huber twists it. Could easily see this as a screen drama.
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