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Full of intrigue ‘11 Missed Calls’ weaves separate intriguing strands into a taut fascinating tale of family drama. Anna’s mum Debbie disappeared 30 years ago when Anna was just a month old, she has spent her whole life wondering what became of her, then a strange letter arrives and Anna wants answers. Elisabeth Carpenter handles the story with care and attention, focusing on thoughts and feelings, where they can take you, what they can become. The past sets traps as the present slips forward. Two women tell their own story, each chapter headed by one of them, then another voice starts to speak, who is it? As information was revealed and thoughts became clearer, a number of questions still knocked at the door of my consciousness. Prodding, poking and shaking feelings ‘11 Missed Calls’ is a stimulating and thoughtful psychological thriller.
Here are two things I know about my mother: 1. She had dark hair, like mine. 2. She wasn't very happy at the end. Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared. But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she's never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff. Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack - but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there's no-one left to help her, least of all her family. And then a body is found...
Closing date: 28/02/2019
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Reminiscent of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, Elisabeth Carpenter’s novel 11 Missed Calls is a psychological tale spanning three decades, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and paranoia. Full review
They receive an email reputedly from Debbie. Is she alive or is someone playing a hoax? This should be the start of a great tale. Full review
A clever thriller about a daughter's quest to discover the truth about her missing mother. Superb! Full review
PRAISE FOR ELISABETH CARPENTER:
`A wonderfully assured debut about every parent's darkest nightmare - expertly weaving a family's story together with a real sense of tension and some great twists. Highly recommended.' TM Logan, bestselling author of LIES
`An intense domestic thriller, twists and turns galore, and a host of family secrets. An absorbing read.' PAUL FINCH, bestselling author of STRANGERS
`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
`I LOVED 99 Red Balloons. What a rollercoaster of a read! I swear, you could almost SEE the moment when everything clicked into place in my head! A brilliant, tense, pacy read.' LISA HALL, bestselling author of BETWEEN ME AND YOU
`This sharp, poignant domestic noir is like watching a snake slither towards its prey. You want to look away but somehow you can't stop looking. Carpenter emerges as an addictive new talent, climbing inside the characters and opening them up for the reader to devour. What a wonderful debut!' HELEN FIELDS, author or PERFECT REMAINS
'I loved this book. It is a thoroughly satisfying page turning read, full of characterisation and pathos. The empathy I felt towards the characters is to me , for a crime novel, what makes it stand out. Very well written and the plot is seamless.' AMANDA ROBSON, author of OBSESSION
Publication date: 26/07/2018
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||26th July 2018|
|Publisher:||AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense,|
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. She currently works as a book keeper. Her first novel, 99 Red Balloons, became a bestseller in 2017.More About Elisabeth Carpenter