2018 Reading Challenge: Book 2

So, 2018 brings with it many New Years resolutions. One of my aims of this year is to get more enjoyment from reading. Whether at home, in a forest or on a warm sunny beach I’ve challenged myself to read 52 books in a year. You’re probably thinking why? I find reading an escapism from daily life, immersing myself into the texts, entwining with the words, the characters and the places.

Book 2 of 52!

99 Red Balloons: Elisabeth Carpenter

So I have now power read my way through my second book of the challenge, I hadn’t previously heard of this book when I stubbled across it. This is Elisabeth’s first novel and I must say it is a brilliantly clever novel. If you like books such as Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train you will enjoy this story. Without spoiling the book, the tale comes complete with twists and turns at every corner. When you think you have the story sussed and you know the ending, the tale then takes a turn in a completely different direction.

The story is told from various character view points about the disappearance of an eight year old girl called Grace who goes missing from a sweet shop on her return from school. It highlights the families terror of learning their little girl has gone and their struggle to find out what has happened to her. Unlike many typical missing stories this is cleverly written to make you think, it isn’t a straightforward story and by the end of the book I was impressed at how the author had managed to trick me through the developing tale. The story is also entwined with the grief of another family where another young girl went missing and her grandmother’s hope that one day she will be reunited with her missing loved one decades after she disappeared.>

This book also made me think further once the story had ended and I was shocked to discover that in the UK two-thirds of missing people in the UK are under 18 according to Missing People, and a staggering 383 children go missing a day which annually results in 140,000 cases. If you would like further information or would like to help the search for current missing people check out: http://www.missingpeople.org.uk

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