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11 Missed Calls- 3* Review – Elisabeth Carpenter


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… 

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My Thoughts…

A family centred story, told mainly from two points of view, the mother Debbie, in the 1980s and the daughter Anna, who never knew her mother. From the blurb, you know the mother disappears while on holiday when she is probably suffering from depression, following the birth of Anna, her second child.

As the story progresses, it’s clear the family has secrets and that Anna doesn’t know the true story of her mother’s absence from her life. There isn’t the menace associated with a psychological thriller in this story. Angst and a sense of wasted lives, and a mystery surrounding Debbie and the communications that appear but nothing overtly sinister.

The characters are vivid and believable, the tragedy of mental illness and the tragic effect on the family makes this more family fiction, which is well written but not what the blurb suggests.

If you’re a fan of commercial psychological thrillers, this may not be for you, but if you enjoy complex characters, mystery and emotional drama, this is worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from Avon UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.