What did I just read — I don’t know
Where were the 11 missed calls — I don’t know
How did I manage to finish — I don’t know
Why did I read this — I don’t know
Whew… A lot of ‘don’t knows’ in this book. The story had a beautiful premise Anna/Annie’s mother has been missing for 30 years cloaked under a lot of mystery while on a holiday at Tenerife, and this fact has obsessed Anna for three decades – to find her mother Debbie. Till an email comes to step-mother Monica and that steamrolls the entire story….
The book which sounded so good at the synopsis failed to deliver due to the following points
- Two timelines 1986 and 2017
- Two POV Debbie and Anna
- An unknown voice making a sudden narration
- Everything is in first person, if I forgot to see the title heading, I wouldn’t have known if it is the daughter or mother’s POV as both are weird
- Horribly characterized characters
- Reasons at the end made no sense, it was anti-climatic
- 11 missed calls as title sounded so exciting but there were no calls, only the stepmother received 11 missed calls in one scene in the book from an unknown caller (I was not told who that was)
- Stepmother was mother’s best friend who became father’s best friend and married him after the mother’s disappearance.
- Lack of intrigue and suspense
- Too many ramblings of the mind with no clear solution
- The twist was people who appeared negative became saints at the end, all reasons justified
- Bridges of relationship built overnight
- Private investigator hired found two dead bodies but that was a different story (again not told to me, and the investigator discovered nothing, and she was the only good character in the book)
- Infidelity as a running theme in the story, but in the end everyone was goody-two-shoes. Everybody cried and made up. Yayyyy
Why am I sounding so happy
The book is over and done with, and I don’t ever have to read it again. It is deleted from my kindle. Vamoosh!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Avon, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My review : 2 stars (one for synopsis and one for me for finishing it)
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. She currently works as a book keeper. Her first novel, 99 Red Balloons, became a bestseller in 2017.
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…
Publication date : 26rh July, 2018
Publisher : Avon
Language : English
Available on Amazon