A Lake in Switzerland by Melinda Huber
Stacy can’t believe her luck when her best friend Emily invites her on a holiday to Switzerland. She arrives at the Lakeside Hotel with high hopes, but the problems begin straightaway. Emily’s recent injury doesn’t let her do much, and something is wrong at the hotel. Where are all the guests? Why is the owner’s son so bad-tempered? And then there’s the odd behaviour of Stacy’s fiancé, back home. It’s hard to enjoy the scenery with all this going on… By the last day of the holiday, Stacy knows her life will never be the same again – but the end of the week is just the beginning of the Lakeside adventure.
About Melinda Huber
Melinda Huber is the feel-good pen name of psychological suspense writer Linda Huber – she’s hiding in plain sight! Linda 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. Her writing career began in the nineties, and since then she’s had seven psychological suspense novels published, plus a collection of feel-good short stories. Her latest project is the Lakeside Hotel 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! Visit her blog at: www.lindahuber.net
This is not my normal genre choice, but as someone who enjoys the same writer writing psychological thrillers as Linda Huber, I thought I would test the water and dip my toe in A Lake In Switzerland. Stacy and her friend Emily have a week's holiday in a Swiss chalet hotel, on an idyllic setting. The hotel is losing business since the death of Rico's mother. Rico comes home to try to convince his grieving father to keep the hotel going. Stacy is questioning her future, both in her personal life with her long engagement with David, who seems reluctant to commit, and her nursing career. Plenty of intrigue there to keep me page-turning through this novella. Yes, I unashamedly enjoyed it. The description of the area Lake Constance ensured this was a good escape to a beautiful setting with nice characters which made up the feelgood factor that I was hoping for. That's me feeling good for the rest of the year. I will read book two when I need to feel good again, and in the meantime, back to my psychological thrillers.