The Paradise Trees by Linda Huber
A stalking threat makes The Paradise Trees send shivers up your spine!
About the Book
He had found exactly the right spot in the woods. A little clearing, green and dim, encircled by tall trees. A magical, mystery place. He would bring his lovely Helen here… This time it was going to be perfect.
When Alicia Bryson returns to her estranged father’s home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she feels burdened by his illness. Her hometown brings back memories of a miserable and violent childhood, and Alicia worries that her young daughter Jenny’s summer will be filled with a similar sense of unhappiness.
The town is exactly as she remembered it, the people, the buildings, even the woods. But Alicia’s arrival has not gone unnoticed.
There is someone watching her every move. Someone who has a plan of his own. Someone who will not stop until the people he loves most can rest together, in paradise.
It’s Dead Good because…
You will spend the entire novel oscillating between the two main suspects. Both appear to have equally blackened pasts and have appearances designed to make your skin crawl. Split into a dual narrative, you follow Alicia’s return to her hometown with all the suppressed feelings that come with a return to a place she hoped she’d never see again, with the creepy inner monologue of an obsessed and deluded killer.
The stalking threat of these passages are gripping but one mustn’t forget the elaborate back story of Alicia’s home life and how Linda Huber portrays Alicia relationship with her father. A grim figure who tormented her as a child, is now suffering from Alzheimer’s and the two halves of guilt and resentment Alicia has feels towards him is carefully played out. Read this if you love hidden family secrets.
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