11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter

11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter

EXCERPT: Monica’s mobile phone lights up; it’s ringing on silent, the caller unknown.

‘Aren’t you going to answer that?’ I say.

She shakes her head, just staring at it.

It stops flashing. I peer at the screen.

‘There are eleven missed calls, Monica. What if it’s her?’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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…

MY THOUGHTS: This was a vastly different read from what I expected.

The story is told from the points of view of Debbie, who is suffering from undiagnosed crushing postnatal depression following the birth of her daughter Anna, and from Anna herself, now also a mother and who has absolutely no memory of her own mother, but is consumed by her disappearance.

Debbie tells of the events leading up to her disappearance, while Anna is struggling in her own relationship, and gradually the two timelines converge.

I have to admit to making a lot of erroneous assumptions, as the author no doubt intended, while reading. So well done on that front Elisabeth Carpenter. While this is marketed as psychological suspense, I am afraid that I didn’t find it suspenseful at all, and it really didn’t need to be. 11 Missed Calls is very much a character driven novel with a touch of mystery.

Mostly I enjoyed this read, but there was one thing that irked me. At one point in the story, something happens, that I can’t remember being explained. It seems it was a device used purely for dramatic effect, and then forgotten.

Overall this was a good read, and I will be reading more from this author. I believe she has a lot of as yet undeveloped potential.


THE AUTHOR: Elisabeth (Libby) Carpenter won a Northern Writers New Fiction Award (2016) and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 & 2016) and MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015).

Elisabeth lives in Preston, Lancashire with her family. She loves the north of England, setting most of her stories in the area – including the novel she is writing at the moment.

99 Red Balloons was Elisabeth’s debut novel.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Avon Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of 11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2483868792


Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

One thought on “11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter”

  1. Wonderful review Sandy. Nothing wrong with a good character driven mystery. Thriller and Suspense seem to be two buzzwords often used to describe books. When they don’t measure up, people are disappointed.

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