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Monday, June 25, 2018

#allthebookreviews: Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle @parkrowbooks @KimberlySBelle @harlequinbooks

Three Days Missing
by Kimberly Belle

Thanks so much to Park Row Books for this free copy. 
Having read Belle's The Marriage Lie prior, I was excited to get this copy to review.
She does it again with her fast paced and compulsive read.  This one has become my new favorite.

Publisher:  Park Row Books
Publish Date:  June 26, 2018
352 Pages
Genres:  Thriller, Suspense, Mystery

Those closest to us are often the most dangerous…

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: the call that comes in the middle of the night.

When Kat Jenkins awakens to the police on her doorstep, her greatest fear is realized. Her nine-year-old son, Ethan, is missing—vanished from the cabin where he’d been on an overnight field trip with his class. Shocked and distraught, Kat rushes to the campground where he was last seen. But she’s too late; the authorities have returned from their search empty-handed after losing Ethan’s trail in the mountain forest.

Another mother from the school, Stef Huntington, seems like she has it all: money, prominence in the community, a popular son and a loving husband. She hardly knows Kat, except for the vicious gossip that swirls around Kat’s traumatic past. But as the police investigation unfolds, Ethan’s disappearance will have earth-shattering consequences in Stef’s own life—and the paths of these two mothers are about to cross in ways no one could have anticipated.

Racing against the clock, their desperate search for answers begins—one where the greatest danger could lie behind the everyday smiles of those they trust the most.

My Review:

Looking for a fast paced and compulsive read that will have you turning the pages so fast you'll get papercuts?  Well look no further.  This one draws you in from page one and does not let up!  Kat and Stef are two completely opposite women in their social network.  Stef is the mayor's wife, rich, successful and in a happy marriage.  Kat is trying to get divorced from her horrible ex, living paycheck to paycheck and her perpetual state is frazzled.  The one thing they truly have in common?  Their sons, who are in the same class.

Let me applaud Belle by making these two women extremely strong and fierce within their own right.  I absolutely loved them both.  I find it rare these days to find a woman in Stef's situation not be entitled, snobbish and just out right annoying, so it was nice to see her as compassionate and using her "power" for good.  

We all know kids can be mean.  Kids definitely don't watch what they say most of the time, can be bullies and are typically we give them the "kids will be kids" kind of brush off.  I don't find adults to be much different most of the time and I love how this storyline shows depths in both situations.  I certainly felt a lot of empathy for Kat.  While I'm not a mother myself, I felt myself tearing up at certain scenes due to her frustration.  Kat, I HEAR YOU, WOMAN!

I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling anything.  This was brilliantly written and I admit I like this leaps above The Marriage Lie.  I'm not certain how I feel about that last chapter though...  I wasn't quite sure if it was necessary but I did kind of do a half smile after I turned that last page.  Either way, I give this a full five stars for the compulsive nature of the read.  I do love it when a book just pulls me right in!


Jessica's Review:

I have heard nothing but great things about Kimberly Belle and her novel THE MARRIAGE LIE, so I was so ready to jump into her newest release. If you're looking for a thriller that will keep you glued to the pages until the final one, then you need to pick up THREE DAYS MISSING.

Kat is in the middle of trying to leave a horrible marriage and is struggling financially to support herself and her son. Stef seems to have the picture perfect life - money, a loving husband, a popular son, and she's prominent in the community. These two women couldn't be more opposite from each other, but their one commonality is that their sons go to the same school.

Every parent's worst nightmare has become Kat's reality. The police show up on her doorstep with news that her nine year old son, Ethan, has gone missing. He was on an overnight field trip with his class and he is nowhere to be found and the police lost his trail in the woods. There is a small window of time to try and find Ethan and she's in a desperate race against the clock to get him back.

Belle did a fantastic job with this one. You'll be sucked in from page one and it doesn't let you go. These two women, no matter how opposite they are in life, are both strong and relatable. They each had their own distinct personalities and voices and I loved them both.

Here's your next binge worthy read for the summer! Careful, once you start, you won't want to stop until you know what happens.

I give this 5/5 stars!

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