I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for The Cold Cold Sea by Linda Huber. I have a great excerpt to share with you today. But, before I share the excerpt with you, here is a bit more about the book.
Author: Linda Huber
Paperback: 275 pages
Buy it here: Amazon
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
(Several weeks after Olivia’s disappearance.)Book Blog
Maggie sighed. There had been something on Colin’s mind for days now, she could tell. He’d been hovering around her, obviously wanting to say something but never quite managing it. She reached out and put a hand on his arm.
‘Col, for Pete’s sake just spit it out.’
Colin laid the photo on the table and sat down. ‘I loved Olivia,’ he said, his face pale and serious. ‘I was awake for hours last night, thinking about her. I loved being her dad, watching her grow. She was part of our lives and it was wonderful, a miracle. But she’s gone now, Mags, and I – I don’t want to give up on that miracle.’
‘You want us to have another baby,’ said Maggie, hearing the flatness in her voice.
‘I know it’s still too soon for another baby. But we always said we wanted more than two kids one day. I know that we could ever replace Livvy, but I think our family would be more complete if we had another child. One day. I just want to plan something good for our future.’
Maggie took a deep breath.
‘I do not – want – another – baby,’ she said, hearing panic rise shrilly in her voice. Slinky leapt up to his window and disappeared into the garden. ‘We’ve lost a child, Colin, I gave birth to her and now she’s gone, and it hasn’t even been three months yet for Christ’s sake, how can you even think of another baby? But you’re right, you’re damned well right we can never replace Olivia, and I am not going to try.’
She could feel the scream in her voice again. Love and loss, the most unbearable feelings, and they had lost their daughter in the worst possible way. She could never risk loving another child.
Colin’s face was white. ‘I’m sorry. I’m not talking about now. But I do want us to be a real family, with a couple of kids at least. We’re young, Mags. You might feel different in a year or two.’
Tears rushed into Maggie’s eyes and she pulled a tissue from the box. ‘So we’ll talk about it then,’ she said tightly. ‘In a year or two when I feel different. And not before. Okay? Right now, all I want is Livvy, and she’s not coming back, is she?’
Colin shook his head and slumped over the table. Trembling, Maggie went upstairs to put on her make-up. She stared at her face in the bathroom mirror. It was thinner, and more lined than three short months ago. And nowadays there was a blank, hopeless expression in her eyes that had never been there before the fifteenth of August. But Colin was right about one thing. They were young enough to have six more babies if they wanted them.
She blinked back the tears to apply her mascara.
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!
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I want to thank Kelly from Love Books Group for setting this tour up and giving me the opportunity to be a part of it. The complete poster is below, so check out the other participants if you would like to read more about this great book and its author.