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A day with author Linda Huber @LindaHuber19

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Linda Huber to the book review café, the author has kindly written a guest post about her working day. I’m loving these guest posts and I hope you are too, it’s fascinating to read how different authors approach their writing. So without further ado……..

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Every day starts the same here in Arbon, N. E. Switzerland – with coffee. Without my two mugs I’m no use to anyone, so the coffee machine gets switched on as soon as the alarm rings at 7 a.m. I check the news while the toast is browning, and after that I’m good to go.
I write more or less full-time now. My ex-day job was teaching English as a foreign language (our school was in a medieval castle; it was the most atmospheric job ever), but I gave that up almost two years ago to concentrate on my books. Nowadays, I teach a handful of private students here at home, and the rest of the time is for writing. First thing I do when I sit down at the computer is the same as almost everyone, I guess – check emails and social media.

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My writing desk isn’t actually in my office room, where I teach – it’s in the bedroom. The office room is on the street side, while the bedroom overlooks a beautiful wood. It was a no-brainer, deciding where to do my writing. Who could resist those trees?

What I actually do depends on the stage my wip is at. Currently I’m finishing the new one and getting it into a fit state to go to my editor, and meanwhile, a very new one is beginning to buzz around in my head. I love this stage, where I’m discovering the characters, planning what might happen in the story and how my paper people could react to the problems I throw at them.

Most days I’m home alone during the day, so I can please myself about tea- and lunchbreaks. Lunch can be anytime between one and four o’clock, dinner is usually between six and eight, depending on who’s home. We do flexi-meals in this flat.

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Once or twice a week I check how my books are doing on the mighty Amazon – I have four traditionally published suspense novels, and three self-published. For these three, I have to organise my own promotions, advertising, etc etc. Not my favourite job, but it has to be done.

Housework also tends to be a once or twice a week thing, which always makes me feel guilty. I can still hear my mother’s voice, when I once objected to being told to dust the living room in the school holidays: ‘We have to dust every day, Linda.’ Fortunately, my bookshelves here are white, so you don’t notice the dust much. Honestly.

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The nice thing about being self-employed is, I can organise my days according to what’s going on. A moment of inspiration? (Wish I had them more often!) I can drop everything and glue myself to the PC. A beautiful autumn day? Go for a walk through my woods and down to our lovely lake. An afternoon invitation? No problem. I can write in the evening, or just write less that day. One thing I particularly enjoy is wandering through the old town here in Arbon – it’s medieval, to match the castle. Imagine how many feet have wandered along these streets over the centuries.

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Living in Switzerland means I don’t get to meet up with other writers as often as I’d like. I had a really great time in England in October, when I popped over to the Bedford area and met up with my publisher and a few writing friends – it’s lovely to meet people in real life! Nobody ever looks much like their profile pic on Facebook…

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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. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her seventh novel, Death Wish, was published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

website: https://lindahuber.net/

Amazon Author Page 

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My thanks to Linda Huber for taking time out of her busy schedule to write this post and also for the use of the photographs from her private collection.

Ward Zero by Linda Huber #Review @lindahuber19

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Book description

Horror swept through her. Had she been buried alive?

On Sarah’s first visit to see her foster mother, Mim, in Brockburn General Hospital, she is sucked into a world that isn’t what it should be.

Someone is lying, someone is stealing. And someone is killing – but who? With a grieving child to take care of, as well as Mim, Sarah has to put family first. She doesn’t see where danger lies – until it’s too late.

If you think you’re safe in a hospital, think again.

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Ward Zero is the second book I have read by Linda Huber, the first being The Chosen Child which I really enjoyed, so I had high hopes for the authors latest book. Ward Zero is based around Brockburn General Hospital, a safe place to be you would think, but it’s anything but! Patients are being murdered by whom and the reasons behind it are revealed layer by layer.

When I think of crime book and hospitals I normally read ones that are based around institutions or asylums, which straight away add to the atmosphere of the book, unfortunately I found Ward Zero lacked this. It’s not a Criticism by any means as its a very readable book but for me the atmosphere helps to set the mood of the story. There are a numerous characters in Ward Zero they are well executed and I found myself wrapped up in their story’s. Sarah was very likeable and her determination to find the killer and protect her family made for a suspense filled read. Reading about the vulnerable patients only added to my sense of dread and unease as they were exploited when they were at their most vulnerable.

The plot is an highly original one and unfortunately also a very believable one,  and for me this is what made the book all the more chilling. Although the killer is revealed early in the plot, which I sometimes find spoils the book for me, Linda Huber manages to keep up the memento and delivers an intriguing tale. Although Ward Zero does have its moments – this isn’t an edge-of-your-seat hardcore thriller, if you read it with that expectation, you just might be a tad disappointed, but it is full of suspense and malice and enough intrigue to make it an enjoyable read.

My thanks to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️out of 5

Amazon UK     Amazon US

**Holiday Reads September 2016**

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Hello the book review café is back, did you miss me? Probably not!! Well here I am anyway and I thought I would share my holiday reads with you all. I’m glad to say I had the most relaxing holiday ever in Portugal, and I managed to read TEN whole books, yes you read that right! It’s the most I’ve ever read in such a short time, and my god I read some real corkers. I’m super excited that I have made a dent in my Netgalley reads (six of the books were Netgalley reads), and now I just need to try and stay away from requesting any books until I’ve posted my reviews, and my shelf will be reasonable (watch this space, note I said TRY😂🙈). Just in case you are wondering what I read I’ve included a list. As a blogger I like to write my review straight away, so I’m feeling slightly sick at the thought of having to write ten reviews, and trying to remember everything I want to include in my review. So don’t expect them any time soon 😀😀……so here are the books I read

Ward Zero by Linda Huber

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Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

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Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow

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Untouchable by Sybil Hodge

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The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe

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Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

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Hide And Seek by M J Arlidge

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No Way Back by M J Arlidge

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**Guest Post** Linda Huber Author Of Chosen Child

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Today I am thrilled to have Linda Huber author of Chosen Child on my blog. If you haven’t read Chosen Child I would highly recommend this book, it is a cleverly woven psychological thriller which involves lies, secrets, murder and deception, if I’ve piqued your interest you can read my full review here
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/05/27/chosen-child-by-linda-huber/

Linda has kindly written a Guest Post about the locations of her four novels, I hope you enjoy reading her post as much as I did.

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Location Location…

When I was a young child, we spent our family holidays around Newquay, and to say I loved it would be the understatement of the century. Those Cornish cliffs, with their high rocky pinnacles and dark, mysterious caves. The crashing waves, and surfers on coloured boards scudding over blue-green-white water. And – palm trees! To a Glasgow child, Newquay was both foreign and exotic. So when I started my first novel, Cornwall seemed the obvious place to set the story.

The Cold Cold Sea begins in a fictional village near Newquay, and as the title implies, the sea is central to the plot. Maggie and Colin take their two small children to a remote beach one day. I can picture the view they’d have from their towels – high cliffs with caves behind and to the right, rocks with pools to the left. The tide was coming in, still-distant waves creeping up the sands. The family were playing and sunbathing and then… A moment’s inattention, and Olivia was gone.

All through the book Maggie is tortured by one thought – had the sea taken her little girl? Or had something much worse happened? I loved writing The Cold Cold Sea, because all the time I was back in Cornwall in my head, smelling the surf and picturing my paper people as they moved about the area.

For The Paradise Trees (which in the event was published first) I turned to Yorkshire, where part of my family lives. A gloomy wood plays a big part in this story and I was able to use not only my Yorkshire memories, but also the little wood near my home here in N.E. Switzerland. I walked around under my trees, picturing Jenny and Alicia in their wood in faraway Yorkshire. So The Paradise Trees is a British book by a Scottish writer, set in England and inspired by a Swiss wood…

That was fun too, but I missed the ocean, so although the present day chapters of The Attic Room are set in Bedfordshire, where friends live, the sections from the past take place on the beautiful Isle of Arran. My teenage summers were spent jobbing there and it is just the best island ever. I could well imagine how homesick Nina was as she dealt with her legacy in downtown Bedford.

For Chosen Child, I returned to Cornwall, St Ives this time, where Ella is looking forward to the summer with a brand-new adopted daughter. (But nothing works out as she’d planned.) My St Ives memories are hazy, but Google Maps leapt into the breach. Part of the story takes place on the spectacular South West Coast Path, and to my amazement it turned out I know two people who knew the area well. Location sorted.

In the next book, we return to urban life. Ward Zero is set in the Manchester area (more friends…) and also – and as an ex-physiotherapist I really enjoyed this bit – in a hospital. Available in autumn, to be announced soon…

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About Linda Huber

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. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog.

Ideas for her books come from Linda’s daily life. The Paradise Trees (2013) was inspired by her father-in-law’s struggle with dementia, and she started writing The Cold Cold Sea (2014) shortly after learning that a child in her extended family drowned in the 1940s, aged eleven. The Attic Room (2015) begins in one of her most-loved places, the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland.
Chosen Child, her fourth psychological thriller, was inspired by a chance conversation at a wedding, and is set in beautiful Cornwall.

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Links to Linda Huber

Short link for Chosen Child Trailer: https://youtu.be/vEVbY7H0Cko

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber
website: http://lindahuber.net/
blog: http://lindahuber.net/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

My thanks to Linda Huber for taking the time to write a Guest Post for The Book Review Café

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Panic over after struggling to read one book last week I have redeemed myself and read FOUR books this week, and I’m giving myself the biggest pat on the back because I exactly managed to read three of the books that were off my TBR pile

The Opticians Wife By Betsy Reavley

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Watching Edie By Camilla Way

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Unravelled Anna Scallon

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Dead To Me by Lesley Pearce

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Book post I received this week

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The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis.

After Isabella by Rosie Fiore

Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre

Arc’s I’ve received this week

I know I put myself on a NetGalley ban and I did managed a WHOLE WEEK, before I requested any more books!

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

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The book description reminded me of The Hunger Games, which I loved, and thought it would make a change from my usual reads.

I also got sent a widget from author Mark Edwards for his new book, which I can’t wait to read

The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

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Books I bought this week

I bought three books this week

The Paradise Trees by Linda Huber

For The Last Time by Janet Kelly, I bought this book after reading Anne’s review over on
http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.com/ the book description and Anne’s review intrigued me

The Game You Played by Anni Taylor

Last week on The Book Review Café

**Blog Tour** Outside Looking In by Michael Wood You can see my review here

**Guest Post** by Dane Cobain author of Former.ly The Rise And Fall Of A Social Network

You can read Dane’s Guest Post here

**Blog Tour** Made To Be Broken by Rebecca Bradley You can read my review here

Next week on the book review café

It’s going to be a really busy week with plenty going on

Blog Tour All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Blog Tour The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Tracy Shephard

The Opticians Wife by Betsy Reavley, review

Unravelled by Anne Scanlon, review

Guest Post from Linda Huber author of Chosen Child

Blogging news from The Book Review Café

I’ve been trying think of a new feature I could run on my blog, and eventually I came up with #TopFiveThursday featuring bloggers (everyone loves to know more about blogger’s right? Well I do anyway) basically I ask the following questions & bloggers give me their answers simple eh? I’m not sure how often it will run, I’m hoping it will be a weekly post, and run for as long as I have bloggers to feature, so If you would like to take part please answer the following questions and send your answers to……..lorrugs@btinternet.com

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

Top 5 books you want to read before the end of 2016?

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

Top 5 book blogs you follow? (not that you are likely to….. but don’t include me in your 5 top blogs 😂😂, as I want to help promote as many bloggers as possible)

It would be great if you could send a small bio about yourself and a photo, and also a link to your blog and any other social media links you would like me to include.

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Chosen Child by Linda Huber

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Book Description

Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit starts off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won’t lose the person she loves most of all.

Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.

And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy…

How well do you know your own family? And who can you trust?

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This is the first book I have read by Linda Huber, but it’s safe to say it won’t be my last, oh what a tangled web the author weaves, she certainly can tell a good story, and it certainly wasn’t a predictable tale. Chosen Child has two plots, centred around two families, leading two very different lives. Ella and her husband Rick are desperate to adopt, and Amanda and her husband Gareth are expecting their second child, what’s so tangled about that? I hear you ask, well without giving away any spoilers this is a story that gets more complex and tangled with each chapter you read. Chosen Child is a cleverly woven psychological suspense novel and within a couple of chapters I was so caught up in the story, I struggled to put it down.

The characters in Chosen Child are very memorable, the author has created characters with real depth, some of them possess traits that aren’t particularly likeable and I found my feelings for these character fluctuated throughout this novel. I certainly experienced a wide array of emotions as the novel weaved its web, at times I wanted to scream at the way some of the characters behaved. The situations the characters found themselves in and the they went about things highlight the lengths people will go to, to protect themselves, and it doesn’t make for a pretty read.

I thought I had guessed how the Chosen Child would pan out, but boy was I wrong, the plot has so many twist and turns, it was impossible to second guess where the plot was leading. I really was impressed by the way the two plots collide together in a spectacular fashion, making for an unmissable read. The air of tension begins within the first couple of chapters and maintains the pace all the way through this well crafted story. Chosen Child is a cleverly woven psychological thriller which involves lies, secrets, murder and deception. Dark and at times disturbing, I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a gripping psychological book.

5 ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ out of 5

My thanks to the author Linda Huber for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 Feb. 2016)

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**My A-Z Books Tag**

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I’ve seen numerous book bloggers use My A-Z Books tag, so I figured I’d take part as well!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

It’s got to be Kimberley chambers I’ve read every book she’s written so if my memory serves me correct that’s 12 books, Peter James is a close second I’ve read everyone of the Dead series featuring Roy Grace so that’s 11 books plus I have his new one Love You Dead to read.

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Best Sequel Ever:

Hmmm this is a difficult one but it’s got to be Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, I loved Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and I use to read both books to my son when he was growing up.

Currently reading:

The Safe Word by Karen Long, as I’m on the blog tour for it in June

Drink of choice while reading:

More often than not coffee and my husband Andy makes a mean caramel sticky toffee coffee which I’m addicted to, who needs Starbucks?, or if I’m pushing the boat out I might have a Pepsi Max….I’m so rock and roll 😂

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E-reader or physical book:

I love both an E-reader is convenient for carrying around and it’s great to get ARCs delivered to your device straightaway, but you can’t beat the smell and feel of a real book (and no I don’t crack the spines!)

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

I dated my husband in high school, and we’re still together 36 years later, so I wouldn’t have wanted to date anyone else 💞💕💞💕

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Hot House Flower by Lucinda Riley, as I usually crime/psychological thrillers this book was right out of my comfort zone but I loved it and when I finished it I bought all her books. I love how her books are written and they go between the past and present day, and she weaves such an intricate plot

Hidden Gem book:

Hmmm this is a hard one I would probably say Go Ask Alice by Anon, I read it at school (OMG30 years + ago), it’s about a young girl who starts taking drugs and it’s very sad and has always stuck with me

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Important moment in your reading life:

It has to be when I started blogging, when I started I expected a few people to look at my reviews, but it has gone from strength to strength, and I’m still amazed when publishers/authors get in touch with me, asking me if I would like to review their book. I’ve also come across lots of fellow book bloggers who are a very friendly bunch and feel like friends.

Just finished:

Chosen Child by Linda Huber, which I really enjoyed.

Kind of book you won’t read

I’m not a fan of erotica although I did read 50 Shades, and then wondered what all the fuss was about.

Longest book you’ve ever read:

The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley at 702, but I get so wrapped up in her books it seems much less

Major book hangover:

The Twighlight series by Stephenie Meyer, I read the books back to back and felt bereft when I finished them

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Number of bookcases you own:

NONE… Yes you read that right, at the moment my books are all over the place, in cupboards, the spare bedroom, on my coffee table, but I’m hoping to rectify that soon and get a bookcase, so I can have all my books in one place.

One book you’ve read multiple times:

I don’t reread books as there are so many books I want to read, and there’s not enough time to read them, let alone go back and read a book I’ve read

Preferred place to read:

In my lounge sat in my recliner, I can’t read in bed as I can never get comfy

Quote that inspired you/ Gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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Reading regret:

Like a lot of book bloggers and readers it’s got to be spending time reading books that I didn’t enjoy when I could have been reading a book I loved would be a reading regret, and also not having enough time to read the books I want to read.

Series you started and need to finish:

I really can’t think of a series I need to finish, as if I love a book enough to read a series then I tend to binge read the whole series

Three of your all time favourite books:

This is a hard question! I’ve loved so many books that it’s impossible to choose three so I’m afraid I’ll have to skip this question!

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Ohhhh another hard one but I would have to say Kimberley Chambers I absolutely love her books, she has such a unique way of writing that makes her characters come to life, her books are very entertaining and I always learn a few new swear words from them 😂😂

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Very excited for this release more than all others:

I’m a huge fan of James Carol and the thrillers featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter, he’s written a standalone thriller under the pseudonym JS Carol for one of my favourite publishers Bookouture . The first of these is Tick Tick Boom, which is being published in July 2016, so I’m really looking forward to reading it

Worst bookish habit:

Spending to much time reading, when I should be doing something else

X marks the spot- start on the top left of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book:

Criminal Shadows: Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer Paperback – by David Canter

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Your latest purchase:

Love You Dead by Peter James
Willow Walk by SJI Holliday
Outside Looking In by Michael Wood
Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

Zzzzz Snatcher book (the book that kept you up way too late):

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

I hope you have enjoyed reading my A-Z of books tag and please feel free to leave me a book related comment