Source: Review Copy
Here are two things I know about my mother:
1. She had dark hair, like mine.
2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.
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…
11 Missed Calls is Elisabeth Carpenter’s second psychological thriller and once more she has written a twisty, family centred drama and there are plenty of secrets and surprising reveals. Her writing still has that same addictive quality and she keeps the intrigue going. Elisabeth is a writer who develops her characters really well so that you are pulled into their lives and you want to find out more about them.
Anna was told that her mother, Debbie died when she went missing thirty years ago but she has never understood the full story. So when her family starts to receive cryptic messages, supposedly from Debbie, it’s too much for Anna to hope that her mother could be alive. Enlisting the help of a private investigator she tries to search for answers behind her mother’s disappearance and soon she begins to uncover a web of lies and relationships within her own family may soon begin to crumble. What really happened to her mother all those years ago?
I was interested in the plot from the first page. Debbie was a character who fascinated me and I wanted to get to the bottom of her disappearance and the end of the first chapter pushed me on to read the next. The story is told over dual timelines, in 1986 and in the present day. Elisabeth also explores the effect of post-natal depression and this is done well and it is very effective. At times I did find some of the scenes heart wrenching.
I did feel that her latest novel was certainly more character driven. We can clearly see the effects that Debbie’s disappearance has had on her family, especially on her daughter Anna and we can see her desperation in her need to find out what had happened. It is definitely an intriguing mystery and as Anna began to uncover more facts about the case I became more invested in the lives of the members of her family and in the disappearance. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for Elisabeth’s next book. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.
Publication date: 26th July 2018
Print length: 384 pages
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