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My Thoughts & Review

Well yes, I admit I did fall for the cover and the title. The red balloons were eye- catching and there wasn’t a single girl in the title – fab! 

I started reading this book however and didn’t put it down until it was finished. Gripping and fascinating throughout with so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all.

Difficult subject that was handled very sensitively by the author. Two missing girls, their disappearances separated by decades. Two families in turmoil, with devastating effects on individual members.

Nothing gratuitous or violent here, the book is more about the dynamics of the families caught up in these two events. The grief and guilt, blame and lies that emerge.

It’s about loneliness and heartache, subterfuge and secrets.


Towards the end when the action heats up I shouted out “No!” “Don’t do it!!”.

Read the book and see what I mean.

No spoilers here!

One of the better psychological thrillers around at the moment.

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy via NetGalley that I chose to review 

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About The Author


Elisabeth Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2008. 
Elisabeth 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.