99 Red Balloons - Elisabeth Carpenter

99 Red Balloons

By Elisabeth Carpenter

  • Release Date: 2017-08-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 607 Ratings


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 Sharples 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.


‘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

About the author

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, including the novel she is writing at the moment. She currently works as a book keeper.


  • 99 Red Balloons

    By eddierosey510
    After all the specific in this book, I think the ending should of been more heartfelt! It was to abrupt! Otherwise the story would have gotten 5stars.
  • Smartly written

    By Nosoupforu74
    Exciting twist that you don’t see coming! Great writing style that grips your attention!
  • Great

    By mynameisnot4sale
    I quite liked this book at some points it was hard to keep track felt like i needed a pen and pencil but great book over all would recommend
  • 99 red balloons

    By loriethelate
    It had s twist to it that II didn’t expect. Really a different read for me.
  • Good read

    By ngenct
    A bit confusing with so many characters and timelines. But improves as you get into it. Recommended to friends but they stopped reading it because of all the f bombs.
  • Enjoyable

    By Mercee15
    Ms. Carpenter’s writing style far surpasses that of other free books online. I was kept captivated, stimulated and truly began to feel for her characters. A very enjoyable read that I did not want to end. Bravo!
  • Great Story

    By EeDenny
    I really liked the writing and character development! It had all the feels. 👌🏼
  • Interesting but bad ending

    By Anev88
    I was interested enough to get through the book but nothing very exciting even happened.... and the ending is extremely boring it let me down after 700 pages
  • Nicely done

    By gina's toy
    Great read. Suspense/ fear/ many emotions.
  • 99 Red Balloons

    By Scov2
    I love this book. It’s thrilling, exciting and kept me guessing. It’s also wonderfully written. Thank you, Elisabeth for sharing your amazing talent with us readers.