99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter.
‘What a rollercoaster of a read!’ LISA HALL, bestselling author of Between You and Me
Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?
When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.
What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?
Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph 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.
‘A wonderfully assured debut about every parent’s darkest nightmare – expertly weaving a family’s story together with a real sense of tension and some great twists. Highly recommended.’ TM Logan, bestselling author of LIES
‘An intense domestic thriller, twists and turns galore, and a host of family secrets. An absorbing read.’ Paul Finch, bestselling author of Strangers
‘An intelligent, taut and compelling thriller’ Sam Carrington, bestselling author of Saving Sophie
‘Carpenter emerges as an addictive new talent’ Helen Fields
‘The plot is seamless’ Amanda Robson, author of Obsession
About Elisabeth Carpenter
Elisabeth (Libby) Carpenter won a Northern Writers New Fiction Award (2016) and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 & 2016) and MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015). Elisabeth lives in Preston, Lancashire with her family. She loves the north of England, setting most of her stories in the area – including the novel she is writing at the moment.
What a breathtaking piece of work. It was a tangled web of emotions, drama, suspense and mystery, that were from two different generations but seemed to be connected. An eight year old Grace goes missing, and when it goes out on the news, this triggers memories and similarities for an old lady who years ago whose daughter also went missing. Simple? No not at all, look out for the twist.