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For fans of Clare Mackintosh, Shari Lapena and Linda Greene, Ninety-Nine Red Balloons begins when eight-year-old Lily has disappeared. As her family is left reeling, secrets and tensions emerge.

When grandmother Maggie reads about Lily’s disappearance in the newspapers, memories of her granddaughter’s abduction engulf her. But when she sees a familiar face during the police appeal, what starts as a passing thought becomes an obsession that takes over her life.

‘This sharp, poignant domestic noir is like watching a snake slither towards its prey. You want to look away but somehow you can’t stop looking. Carpenter emerges as an addictive new talent, climbing inside the characters and opening them up for the reader to devour. What a wonderful debut!’
Helen Fields, author of Perfect Remains

‘I loved this book. It is a thoroughly satisfying page turning read, full of characterisation and pathos. The empathy I felt towards the characters is to me, for a crime novel, what makes it stand out. I also think it is very well written and the plot is seamless.’
Amanda Robson, author of Obsession

‘Intense domestic thriller, twists and turns galore, and a host of family secrets. An absorbing read.’
Paul Finch, Sunday Times bestselling author of Strangers

‘A wonderfully assured debut about every parent’s darkest nightmare – expertly weaving a family’s story together with a real sense of tension and some great twists. Highly recommended.’
TM Logan, author of Lies