99 Red Balloons


Two girls go missing, decades apart. What could you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from chool, her mother Emma is plunged into ightmare. Her family rallies around, but as police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What re the secret emails sent between Emma ’ s fianc and her ister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she appear?

Secretl, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace ’ s picture in newspaper. It ’ s a photograph that jolts her from the ain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with girl – the first woma who disappeared…

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99 Red Balloons
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Published August 24th 2017 by Avon

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3.5 Stars.* ( rounded up) Grace goes missing one day while walking home from school after leaving the sweets shop by herself.

Every other time her mom, Emma had walked with Grace or spied on her, of course she regrets it.

Every time she sees photographs of missing children in the paper or on the news, it declares her of Zoe. She has alread gotten over it.

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Emma 's 8-year-old daughter Grace has n't rrived home from chool, and none of the neighbors have seen her.

Tha provide the parents, Emma and Matt; Aunt Stephanie and her 13-year-old son Jamie; and the widowed grandmother.

When police leave to continue their search elsewhere, the Family Liasion Officer ( FLO)- PC Nadia Sharma- stays to assist Grace 's relatives ..... who are falling apart.

Across England, in nother own, a seventy-something woman named Maggie is disturbed when she lets news story about Grace.

Maggie 's lived alone since then, and has ontinued to follow news stories of vanished parent.

Maggie always sends a card to the childre of missing kids- with her name and address- in case the current police investigation turns up news of Zoe .... who 's ever been found.

When Maggie and Jim see a hoto of Grace 's family in the newspaper, someone looks familiar.In the chapters recounted by the child she seems drugged and sleepy during a long car journey- and frightened by her situation.

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Emma 's sister Samantha is right there to help remov the family from shattering.

Why is the news of his new abduction hitting her so unusually hard? Told from several points of view, the layers and back-stories are deep and disturbing.

Hard to conside his is th debut for this author!

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Soon the police and media are involved in search for young Grace when ageing widow Maggie Sharples sees Grace 's image on the news bringing back memories of her own granddaughter being kidnapped years before.

ome chapters are from the family then a lady watching the story nfold and even a little kitte who had been taken.

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Tha novel eatures a missing child at the core of its plot, again something I 've read a lot of this year.I found the alternating points of view in this somewhat confusing, despite each chapter being headed with the person speaking.

I had spotted or guessed the major one very early in he nove but kept my mind open to being wrong.The characters that did really stand out for me, henc the perspectives I enjoyed reading the most was that of young child Zoe who I cam to heart very quickly in her scary predicament and elderly Maggie.

I feel he reaso I review hundreds every year means I look at comparison books in the same genre and rate accordingly.

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2 1/2 starsThis is really a 2 star book, but the development of thi character Maggie is so ood that by itself it 's worth an additiona half star.As you probably know by now, 99 red balloons is about little bo that goes missing while alone at a caf.

The is ood news for readers who do n't try to brin the pieces together ahead of time.This was a fairly decent debut novel.

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