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99 Red Balloons Audiobook

99 Red Balloons

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Elisabeth Carpenter (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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, best-selling author of Saving Sophie)

"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)

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    Chrissie 10/09/2017
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    "Very Good."

    Excellent storyline and well performed by all narrators. Really enjoyed this book and will look for more by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Bambridge Denver, Co 14/11/2017
    A. Bambridge Denver, Co 14/11/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"

    Absolutely loved this. At one stage i drove an extra 10 miles out my way to avoid having to stop listening. Storyline was great and the characterisation was wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FELICITY GAINARD 04/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"

    Glad this book has finished . Found it long drawn out and very boring and tedious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 16/02/2018
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    "Top Performances/Production Values - (poor text)."
    Where does 99 Red Balloons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Production value 10/10 - content 5/10. Excellent performances from the actors - whom held my attention throughout, despite the story being predictable and laboured. Such a shame, as it's often the other way around - the texts are often great, but the narration tiresome and flat. If this production company had a better text to deal with, with the same directors, crew and actors, it would easily be in my top 10.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Yes. FAR too much exposition. It needed filleting, heavily.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The character/actor playing Stephanie was my highlight. Dreamy, intimate and quite hypnotic at points - but I thought they were all great.


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    celia 31/12/2017
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    "99 Red Ballons "

    Brilliant, page turner, difficult to put down and keeps you guessing until the very end .

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    lee 29/12/2017
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    "Never-ending, predictable, boring..... Not for me."

    Boring and predictable and the accents made it feel like I was watching an episode of the royale family.... Not my kind of thing

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    tracie 02/09/2017
    tracie 02/09/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "Didn't live up to the hype"

    Disappointing, slow moving and predictable. Narrators had annoying whine too which didn't enhance the experience. A shame

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    07/12/17
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    "Great Twist!"

    This book was very interesting at first – albeit a little slow paced, but after the twist was revealed it was downright captivating!

    I did not see it coming at all; I did not suspect a thing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole Neal
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    "Wonderful book!"

    Excellent book. I loved how the characters were separated by their own story and slowly linked together. Suspenseful, heartbreaking and joyful The narrators were wonderful.

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