Reminiscent of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, Elisabeth Carpenter’s novel 11 Missed Calls is a psychological tale spanning three decades, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and paranoia.
For Anna, the hunt for her mother Debbie, who vanished when she was just weeks old, has never faded. Whilst her family have seemingly moved on, she has always wondered what happened on that fateful night. When an email arrives, it throws the whole family, and Anna’s entire life, into turmoil, uncovering old wounds and creating new scars.
Carpenter creates a story filled with turns that makes even the savviest of thriller readers second-guess themselves. The character of Anna is relatable in that she isn’t pushed too far into madness, but rather just enough that you start to question your own reality. The dual narratives of past and present begin to blur as the story progresses, and on more than one occasion I found myself double checking whose mind we were in – this, for me, illustrated the psyches of the two women becoming intertwined, as mother and daughter go through their connected troubles.
Fundamentally, this is a novel about mental health, and the ways it was misunderstood – or rather entirely unaccepted – in the eighties, and one woman’s journey to discovering the truth and her sense of place. An energetic and enthralling read.
This book was reviewed originally for LoveReading.