"A shocking and jaw-dropping thriller"
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted October 10, 2017
Thriller | Thriller Psychological
Little 8-year-old Grace Harper is just on her way home from
school one day and stops at a shop to get herself a sweet.
She is approached by a very friendly man who says his name
is George. He knows her name and tells her that her parents
have requested that he pick her up from school to bring her
to them. Grace hesitates a long time because she has been
warned about going off with a stranger. In this situation,
Grace finally decides that George does not look like a bad
man and, after all, he says he knows her parents. Once she
gets into the vehicle, she almost instantly realizes the
mistake she has made.
In the meantime, when Grace's mother, Emma, sees that Grace
is late coming home from school. She is hysterically running
around the neighborhood calling out Grace's name. Her
sister Stephanie Palmer and their mother have joined Emma
and her husband, Matt, in the frantic search for Grace. The
police are called, as are all of Grace's friends. Grace has
simply vanished without a trace.
Through the search for Grace, emotions are unleashed and
long-held secrets are revealed. Will Grace be found or will
a family be completely torn apart during the search for her?
99 RED BALLOONS is one of the best books that I have read
this year. Elisabeth Carpenter, also known as Libby
Carpenter, sets her gripping tale in England, where she also
lives, and she uses authentic British prose. I have always
loved stories set in the UK. She puts her readers right in
the middle of this terrifying and saddening event that
happens way too often. In addition, the story is told
through the eyes of various characters. It is in this way
that you, the reader, are able to fully connect to the
stunning events that are taking place.
At first, you might think this is just another missing child
story, but 99 RED BALLOONS is so much more than that. There
are so many twists and turns on the many roads that lead to
the shocking and jaw-dropping conclusion. Trust me when I
say that you never saw it coming.
99 RED BALLOONS will have you watch your children more
closely while it spins your head around. You will not figure
out the ending until it is revealed to you, and that is
always a sign of an excellent book! Pick up your copy today
and you will see what I mean.
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.
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