99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter

99 Red Balloons

By Elisabeth Carpenter

  • Release Date: 2017-08-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 37 Ratings
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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.


‘Libby Carpenter's beautiful writing draws you in immediately. Her characterisation is superb, and she skillfully delivers a pacey, suspenseful plot. 99 Red Balloons is an intelligent, taut and compelling thriller that manages to pack a punch - and still throws you right at the end. It's perfect - I loved every word.’ SAM CARRINGTON, bestselling author of SAVING SOPHIE

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.


  • So much is good about this book...

    By Susycm
    Very good character development...I really 'bonded' with them. I truly was gob smacked at the twists...rare for me. Perhaps the best thing about it was that she took the time to complete the whole story. So often I feel like as soon as the big reveal, there is a rush to end the book. Publisher's deadlines or bored with the process? I don't know, but this denouement is very satisfying. My only negative....lots and lots and lots and lots of unnecessary F-words pepper the whole book...loses any impact it might have and adds nothing. All in all...an engaging read.
  • Great twists.

    By Chelleflan
    One more chapter would have been great!!
  • 99 Red Balloons

    By Penny B from Indiana
    I love to read and I rated 99 Red Balloons 3 Stars because, at times, it was confusing jumping Chapters with different characters back and forth. It was a good book overall, however.
  • Full of twists and turns

    By LaPorte wg
    As much as I thought I had figured out the plot, I admit I was surprised...an easy read that kept me going!