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99 Red Balloons

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Published 24 Aug 2017
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Format Kindle Edition
Pages352
Edition7
Publisher Avon
ISBN -
ISBN13-
Languageeng



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…

"99 Red Balloons" Reviews

Sarah
- The United States
4
Fri, 29 Jun 2018

I was surprised to learn this one is a debut! It's very carefully constructed, and there were quite a few surprises in there for me. I even had the "have to set the book down" moment. Or in my case, I set the Kindle down at one of the twists and said "what?!". It made perfect sense, but I wasn't expecting it. I love when that happens. I read way too many thrillers to be surprised often. It definitely kept me turning pages. I did have to look back a few times to re-orientate myself on who was who, but that was a pretty minor issue. I think this is a fresh and most welcome take on the "missing child" genre. There is almost nothing from the prospective of the police here, and I was okay with that. I love my police procedurals, but sticking with the family actually made it more unnerving. We were in the dark about the details of the case, just as the main characters were. I particularly enjoyed the character of Maggie, an elderly woman who still mourns the loss of her family years before. She got to me!
Eight year old Grace has vanished on her way home from school. She was supposed to be walking with her friends, but they claim to know nothing. Her entire family has no idea what to do or where to look. Mother Emma and aunt Stephanie are our focus here, and it soon becomes clear that they aren't being completely honest with each other or anyone else. Why has Stephanie been having secret conversations with Emma's husband? Why doesn't their mother seem more concerned? Where could the little girl be?
Miles away, Maggie Taylor can't stop following the case, even though it makes the memories that always haunt her even more sharp. Years ago, another little girl disappeared in similar circumstances... her family. It led to even more loss and tragedy as the pain reverberated throughout the rest of her household.
Are the two cases connected? What kind of secrets is everyone keeping? Can they find little Grace before it's too late?

Jaime
- Baton Rouge, LA
4
Fri, 08 Sep 2017

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…

Wow, this is a good suspenseful read. It can be hard reading about harm done to a child. However, this book does not overdo it with the hard, gritty details. The writing is done very well enough to give you some insight to what happens to little Grace after she's been snatched away from her family. This is my first novel read by Elisabeth Carpenter and it certainly will not be my last. Overall, the plot was nicely woven out. My only tiny complaint would be that there was one story line that was not quite flushed out and did not go in the direction you thought it might go. It was mentioned here and there and then dropped. Other than that, I felt connected to the characters. I felt all of the emotions as if I wanted to jump right into the book with them.
Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley. It was truly a pleasure to read and provide my honest thoughts.

Elizabeth
- Charleston, WV
5
Tue, 20 Jun 2017

99 Red Balloons
by Elisabeth Carpenter
psychological thriller
ARC NetGalley
5 stars
What 's its about :
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 Taylor 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.
my thoughts :
This book is a must read, because once you start reading it you won't want to put it down, its the type of book that plays with your mind all the way to the every end, it makes you second guess your self, which I loved even if I did guess wrong .
Its told in different perspective : one is ageing widow Maggie , one is Grace's Aunt , and then you have one that keeps you guessing, because you don't know which little girl/ kidnapper is talking , is it both, is it Grace / her kidnapper or the other little girl / her kidnapper that went missing a long time ago, and mixed into that you have a lot of secrets and lies that need to come out , and once again your guessing , what are the secrets and lies , who's telling the truth ,and who's lying. So with that said get ready for the ride of your life . Because you won't see the end coming unit its on top of you. With that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me this chance at reading what might become one of my new favorite books of 2017 , can't wait to pick up a copy and add it to my library.

j e w e l s
- Hillsboro, OR
1
Wed, 09 Aug 2017

I kept thinking "maybe it's just me..." but at 70% in, I don't care if it's just me. I can't find a reason to continue trying to read 99 RED BALLOONS. It has a bunch of positive reviews which led to my self-doubt. Most of the reviews focus on the plot, which is not bad at all. The plot is the redeeming quality here, even though you will figure out the ending way way way before it happens.
The writing and organization of the book is a mess. With every chapter, I had no idea who was narrating unless the chapter was named "Maggie", "Stephanie" etc. This was mainly due to lack of characterization. With the exception of Maggie, an elderly woman, there is no real personality among the characters. It is curiously dry and detached. Some chapters are not named, and as a reader I was lost as to who was speaking. I was 50% into the book before I saw a semblance of narration pattern, and even then, it remained inconsistent and confusing.
This was an ARC from the fabulous HARPER COLLINS AVON publisher and I am so grateful to them for allowing me to read and give my honest review.

Barbara
- Chattanooga, TN
3
Thu, 27 Jul 2017

3.5 stars
As the story opens a schoolgirl is abducted from a sweet shop in England, having been led to believe that the man in the woolly hat was sent by her mom. As the man drives the girl away, the song 'Ninety Nine Red Balloons' - which she likes - is playing on the car radio.
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Stephanie arrives at her sister Emma's house to find her sibling near hysteria. Emma's 8-year-old daughter Grace hasn't arrived home from school, and none of the neighbors have seen her. The police arrive to hunt for the child, but Grace can't be found anywhere. DI Lee Hines and DS Rachel Berry question Grace's relatives about where the girl might go, but the family doesn't believe Grace would wander off on her own.
As time ticks by - and the situation looks dire - Graces's family draws together to support each other. This includes the parents, Emma and Matt; Aunt Stephanie and her 13-year-old son Jamie; and the widowed grandmother. When the police leave to continue their search elsewhere, the Family Liasion Officer (FLO) - PC Nadia Sharma - stays to assist Grace's relatives.....who are falling apart.
Across England, in another town, a seventy-something woman named Maggie is disturbed when she sees the news story about Grace. Maggie's granddaughter Zoe was abducted 30 years ago, and the loss destroyed the family. Maggie's son Scott turned into a drug addict and criminal; Maggie's grief-stricken husband Ron died; Maggie's son-in-law David left to search for his girl; and Maggie's daughter Sarah became an alcoholic and committed suicide.
Maggie's lived alone since then, and has continued to follow news stories of vanished children. Maggie always sends a card to the parents of missing kids - with her name and address - in case the current police investigation turns up news of Zoe....who's never been found.
Most of the story is told in the alternating voices of Stephanie and Maggie. There are also sections narrated by an abducted child, and glimpses into the thoughts and behavior of a kidnapper.
In Stephanie's chapters we get insight into a frightened family trying to deal with a dreadful situation. As days pass, family members blame themselves and each other; can't bring themselves to shower or change clothes; drink too much; ignore the food dropped off by neighbors; and generally fall into despair. Stephanie has the added responsiblity of looking after her son Jamie, who gets a break from the suffocating environment by visiting his dad and going to school.
We also learn that Emma is not Stephanie's biological sister. Emma was adopted at the age of 10 after being rescued from an abusive home. Nevertheless, the siblings have a very strong bond and are devoted to each other. Still, Stephanie and Matt (Emma's husband) have a secret between them, which causes added tension in the already strained household. This is exacerbated by the presence of PI Sharma - who's always around.....listening.
In Maggie's narrative she describes her family tragedy; her continuing depression; her day to day activities; and the discomfort she feels with local people - who seem to exude pity. Maggie also talks about her friend Jim - a caring man who comes by regularly to check up on her. When Maggie and Jim see a photo of Grace's family in the newspaper, someone looks familiar.
In the chapters recounted by the child she seems drugged and sleepy during a long car journey - and frightened by her situation. She continually asks when she'll see her mommy.
And finally we see a nervous abductor trying to keep a child calm while he disguises or hides her, to keep from getting caught as he crosses borders. (Uh-oh!) I wanted to know what this was all about.
The police investigation continues behind the scenes, and the family is kept updated by the detectives and the FLO. But the cops don't divulge everything they find out until the book's climax, which is appropriately dramatic.
I don't want to give away spoilers so I'll just say the author has a deft touch with misdirection and the story has some big surprises.
The narrative is proabably an accurate depiction of how families react when a child goes missing. If you've ever mislaid a kid temporarily - in a store or park - you've probably felt a little of this. I found the story compelling and was anxious to discover what happened to Grace..... and what secrets people were keeping.
I'd recommend this engaging book to fans of psychological thrillers.
Thanks to Netgalley, the author (Elisabeth Carpenter), and the publisher (Avon) for a copy of the book.
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