99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist

99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist

by Elisabeth Carpenter


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99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist by Elisabeth Carpenter

Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?Eight-year-old Grace is last seen in a sweetshop. Her mother Emma is living a nightmare. But as her loved ones rally around her, cracks begin to emerge. What are the emails sent between her husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is there more to the disappearance of her daughter than meets the eye? Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Sharples sees a familiar face in the newspaper. A face that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…This is a gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist that will take your breath away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008248864
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 180,305
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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, including the novel she is writing at the moment. She currently works as a book keeper.

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99 Red Balloons: A chillingly clever psychological thriller with a stomach-flipping twist 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but done very well. At first I was not sure how I felt about this story, but the more I read the more I enjoyed the story. The linking of all the characters was quite well done. I wasn't really ready for it to end, but the ending was right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique story, interesting plot twist. Definitely will keep you invested in the story !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written suspense. A little girl is abducted. Just when you think you have things figured out, a surprising major twist makes you head do a 180 degree spin. I didn't see it coming. In the beginning, it is a bit difficult to keep characters straight but keep reading - you won't be disappointed. The early-on confusion is necessary for the shocking reveal. Set in England and Germany, there are lots of words spelled in the British manor - ie: tyres instead of tires. These are not typos or editing errors. One of the best books I've read in a while. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Believable characters, good story. Full of surprises.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Never expected the Outcome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the main characters, story really keeps reader in suspense .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give this story time to grab you. At first it's confusing and seems disjointed but it gets better and better. Great portrayals of people facing the unthinkable with raw real emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not figure out till the end. Easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book to read. It kept me interested from beginning to end . I look forward to reading more books from this author .
Anonymous 9 months ago
I don't know I just couldn't get interested in it.
rumisshuggs More than 1 year ago
Eight year old Grace is abducted from a sweet shop right down the street from where she lives. Her family is in a tizzy and can't understand the reason why. Her aunt Stephanie with her cousin Jamie are staying with the family to help them through. Maggie who lives several hours away feels their pain since her granddaughter Zoe disappeared 30 years ago. A story about a child abduction you would think. Yes, but it is a whole lot more. What does a family go through when a child is taken off the street. What lies and secrets are hidden. I found this book a little confusing in the beginning since it goes back and forth between Zoe's disappearance and Grace's. For the 1st half of the book I wasn't really sure which kidnapping was being talked about but after a while the story started to come together. The twist at the the end will surprise some. It was a toss up between 3 or 4 stars and since the book kept my interest I gave it 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to keep the characters straight at times but still really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick easy read. I liked the different naratives, just wished there was more to the ending.
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter Publisher: Avon Books UK I received this book from NetGalley as well as Edelweiss Plus. As well thanks to the publisher Avon Books UK for the ebook ARC of 99 Red Balloons by the author Elisabeth Carpenter. Two girls go missing, decades apart. When 8 year old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother, Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family is around for support. When the police hunt for Grace begins, cracks are starting to emerge. Emma’s husband and her sister are sending each other secret emails. Emma’s mother takes a while to join the search. Is Emma really as innocent as she seems? Meanwhile, widow, Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s photograph in the newspaper. The photo shocks her from the pain and obsession with another girl, the first girl who disappeared. I give this book a rating of 5 stars. It was an excellent read. I could not put the book down. It was well written, and many shocking twists and turns were revealed throughout the entire book. This is a debut novel for Elsiabeth Carpenter. I definitely look forward to reading more of her books. The only thing I am somewhat disappointed about was the very ending, I really would have liked to find out what happens next. So, I am hoping that there is going to be a second novel about this series.
Barnseys_Books More than 1 year ago
When eight-year-old Grace disappears from a sweet shop on her way home from school, her family starts to fall apart as days pass without any sightings. Elderly widow Maggie hears of the disappearance and is reminded of her own tragic past - her granddaughter Zoe was abducted years earlier and never found. Zoe's distraught mother Sarah, unable to cope with her loss, committed suicide. When Maggie sees a familiar face, she can hardly believe her eyes! This is an excellent character-driven debut novel from author Elisabeth Carpenter. It's a story of love, loss and reconciliation; carefully and skillfully interwoven to create a wonderful and sometimes heart-wrenching tale of two families' lives similarly affected by the loss of a child. The writing is gritty and down-to-earth; it hasn't allowed 'Americanisms' to creep in, which is a huge bonus in my opinion. The reader is swept along as the plot takes a certain route.... but heck... wait a sec... no, no, that cannot be! An absorbing and all-consuming read.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Five year old Zoe went missing 18 years ago and has not been seen since. Eventually her parents divorced. Her mom committed suicide, leaving only her grandmother to grieve daily for her family. Grace is 8 years old. She has now gone missing. There are no clues, no evidence, no ransom notes. She walked out of sweet shop and basically just vanished. Grace's family is falling apart. Her mom and dad, besides being worried to death, are angry at each other. Grace's aunt is trying to hold things together. But what about those emails between the aunt and Grace's father? Where is the grandmother? Taking forever to get there, she seems more interested in her nightly bottle of booze. Is there more to the disappearance of Grace? Does the family know more than they're telling? And what is the link between Grace and Zoe? The story is told in different voices. Grace is very vocal about what is happening to her. Her Aunt tells the story from her viewpoint. Zoe's grandmother has been watching the news and sees a lot of similarities between the taking of Zoe and Grace. And she sees something else that has her wondering.... A very well written novel of what happens when one of the worst things to happen actually happens. Some families cling to each other, but most find the grief too heavy to share and turn away from each other. The wrap-up was good ... and the ending was perfect. Many thanks to the author / Avon Books UK / Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are voluntary and unbiased and entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago