There is always that one story that keeps you awake wanting
to finish it because you know you can't sleep until you do.
99 RED BALLOONS by Elisabeth Carpenter is definitely that
one book for me this year! Though I was interested in the
story at first by the book's title, the synopsis hooked me.
This novel is a thriller with so many twists to it that it
left me shouting out, "No way!" There were many parts that
I did not see coming and Carpenter did an amazing job at
catching her readers off guard and shocking them into
Emma's 8-year-old daughter is missing. Who could have taken
her and why? This is not the first time such a thing had
happened. Decades before another little girl is taken and
there are so many similarities between that is uncanny. As
Emma tries to understand what has happened to her daughter,
other strange things come to light. Shocking things that
will forever change their lives.
Then there is Maggie who is a widow living a lonely life
except for the visit from a close friend. She one day sees a
picture in the newspaper that brings back some of her own
nightmares that she forever lives with. She herself had
experienced the same gruesome loss, the first little girl
who went missing.
99 RED BALLOONS is a thriller like no other that I have
read. Carpenter takes you into the mind of each character
leaving with a sense of compassion, anger, confusion, and
many more emotions that each is going through. If you have a
love for books that leave you feeling as though the air is
knocked out of you, then you will love 99 RED BALLOONS!
This is a must read.
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.