11 Missed Calls

by Elisabeth Carpenter

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LoveReading Expert Review of 11 Missed Calls

Thoughtfully engaging, this is a fascinating and provocative psychological thriller.

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. 

Liz Robinson

11 Missed Calls Synopsis

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008223540
Publication date: 26th July 2018
Author: Elisabeth Carpenter
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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11 Missed Calls Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

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.

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.

For Anna, the hunt for her mother Debbie, who vanished when she was just weeks old, has never faded. Whilst her family have seemingly moved on, she has always wondered what happened on that fateful night. When an email arrives, it throws the whole family, and Anna’s entire life, into turmoil, uncovering old wounds and creating new scars.

Carpenter creates a story filled with turns that makes even the savviest of thriller readers second-guess themselves. The character of Anna is relatable in that she isn’t pushed too far into madness, but rather just enough that you start to question your own reality. The dual narratives of past and present begin to blur as the story progresses, and on more than one occasion I found myself double checking whose mind we were in – this, for me, illustrated the psyches of the two women becoming intertwined, as mother and daughter go through their connected troubles.

Fundamentally, this is a novel about mental health, and the ways it was misunderstood – or rather entirely unaccepted – in the eighties, and one woman’s journey to discovering the truth and her sense of place. An energetic and enthralling read.

Tiffany Chevis

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.

The premise of this book was so good, but sadly this novel did not match up to it.
It was written in the first person. But to me as this story involved two time lines, this vehicle did not work for me.

It is the story of two women; Debbie who disappears on a holiday to Tenerife and at the start of the book is presumed dead. The other woman is Anna/Annie her daughter who has never known her mother. Her father is now married to Monica, Debbie's best friend. 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. But for me no. For various reasons. I found the first person narrative grating, I also thought the two characters of the women did not ring true. I was disappointed in the quality of the writing which surprised me considering the strength of her debut novel. For me this was a stop start novel and did not engage me. Others may like this book. Sadly not me.

Alfred Nobile

A clever thriller about a daughter's quest to discover the truth about her missing mother. Superb!

11 Missed Calls is a clever and original thriller about a daughter's quest to discover the truth about her missing mother. I really enjoyed this book and felt that the way that the story was divided into chapters from the viewpoints of mother & daughter added to the suspense. It is a testament to the author's skill that the reader's interest was maintained throughout the dual narratives - it made the book even more gripping. If you enjoy thrillers then this should definitely be added to your summer reading list.

Jennifer Stoddart

From the first chapter I was hooked on this book!

Debbie disappears whilst on holiday with her family and friends in Tenerife………

30 years later Anna is still consumed by what happened to her mother, did she die, is she alive, has she forgotten them? The answers to these questions seem to plague her and has coloured her life growing up. Then a letter arrives and her Dad and Monica (her step mum and Debbie’s best friend) start Anna on a journey of discovery

All Anna knows for sure about her mum is:

“She has dark hair like mine”

“She wasn’t very happy at the end”

The story that weaves itself around you is masterful and thought provoking – a fantastic page turner

Nikki McMath

Elisabeth Carpenter Press Reviews


`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

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ISBN: 9780008223540
Publication date: 26/07/2018
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About Elisabeth Carpenter

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.

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