Here are two things I know about my mother:1. She had dark hair, like mine. 2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.
Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared.
But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff.
Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family.
And then a body is found…
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About the Author
Libby Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2011.Libby was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award, and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015). She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area. She currently works as a book keeper. Her first novel, 99 Red Balloons, became a bestseller in 2017.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Though not a traditional murder mystery, because there are so few bodies, I love that author kept introducing new questions for the reader and to propel the story forward.
This was a fantastic, quick, thriller rollercoaster read to fall into. If you are a bookworm who enjoys the tension of a whodunit, with some character drama tossed in, then this is the book for you. Synopsis: Debbie went missing thirty years ago, leaving her husband and two children behind with endless questions and no answers. Her daughter Anna has grown up always wondering what happened to her mother, and believing that she might still be out there. When her father and stepmother receive a letter that is purportedly from Debbie, Anna realizes that the answers she has always wanted may come at a steep cost. I completely enjoyed this as an easy, brisk, page turner - the story moves easily back and forth between Debbie in the month leading up to her disappearance, and Anna in present day working through her own challenges. Elisabeth Carpenter does an excellent job of keeping the pace of the story high, and the tension thick - you realize as you get further in the book that you are going to find out what happened to Debbie, but it is impossible to guess what the twists are until they hit you. I love books with unreliable narrators, and I think Debbie was a perfect fit for this - watching her struggle as a character and realizing that her perspective might not be trustworthy was a delicious set up for what comes next. This book is great summer reading, offering up the perfect mix of thriller and drama to waste away a summer afternoon.
An in depth story of a woman who's mother disappeared 30 years ago. How it affects her life to the point of obsession. She just can't let it go. What happened to her mother Debbie? Did she die? Did she run off with another man? Anna was only a month old when she disappeared. She has never given up her quest for more information. Her Dad seems to wish she would just let it go as does her older brother Robert. She can't. She has a little girl and can't believe she could just walk away from her children. Anna goes overboard in her search. Anyone who is of her mothers age or has even a remote possibility of being her mother gets her focus. On the boarder of being a stalker. Out of the blue there is an email, possibly from her mother or is it an imposter? Her father finally shares nasty notes left for her mom years ago. Anna just doesn't feel he is telling her everything. Her step mother Monica, was once her mothers best friend is now uncharteristically upset, crying and out of sorts. What is going on, Anna herself feels like she's being watched. This book is a bit hard to read. Going back and forth in time with the same characters is sometime hard to follow. It all gets tied together in the end however, some strands that seem major in the story get tied up to quick and lightly. Good book worth the read. I thank the author and publisher through NetGalley for giving me a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. `
I was slightly apprehensive about reading this book as I picked up Libby Carpenter's previous title "99 Red Balloons" last year and didn't enjoy it that much. However, I am the type of person that is more than willing to give an author another chance to impress me and so here I am! The story centres around Anna who believes her mother passed away the night she disappeared 30 years ago but she comes to realise that she has never really heard the full explanation and she feels entitled to one. For to air her issue and in an effort to gain some moral support Anna turns to husband Jack. It's not long before she feels completely alone as she discovers a love letter from another woman in her husband's wallet. And then a body is found. Okay, i'm kinda conflicted on "11 Missed Calls" but I did like it more than I did her previous book. The chapters jump between timelines - the present day and 30 years ago which keeps your interest. However, my old nemesis reared its ugly head once again. There were numerous characters and I felt that there were many more than the story really needed. I read most fiction to relax and tax my brain as little as possible so having to think and keep characters straight in my head is not ideal for me. I often feel that authors can ruin a book that was destined to become a bestseller by adding either far too many characters, a plot that never stops and is too intricate, or both. The characters are what let it down here for me. I would try once more with this author (third time lucky perhaps?) but I think I would be inclined to read a good cross-section of reviews beforehand to check on whether they may have similar issues to this one and gauge from those whether it would be worth me devoting some time to. Many thanks to Avon for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.