99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter Review

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 book was better than I thought it was going to be. I went in with no expecations since I had not heard a lot about it but man I was blown away. Anytime I had something figured out I would be fooled! All the way up to the end!

I really enjoyed all the characters except Emma’s mother. Ugh I could have punched that bitch! She was so nasty and rude and mean and blah! But…..there is a reason for it and man when you find out you will be like WTF????? I mean I thought my family was f*cked up but this family took it to a whole new level of f*cked up!

Also you have to pay close attention to the story to get the title. It is easy to miss. But I LOVE the reason for the title! This book could have sucked BIG time and it still would have gotten a star for the title alone. Luckily though this book was fanstastic so it got many stars!

Once again this is a book where I can’t go into too much detail about the story or it will spoil it. I love that there really wasn’t any romance. It was a pure thriller through and through.




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