Monday 16 December 2019

Book ~ "Three Days Missing" (2018) Kimberly Belle

From Goodreads ~ 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 eight-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.

Kat has recently separated from her abusive husband, Andrew, and he is fighting her over everything.  She is very protective of their eight-year-old son, Ethan, who has an above average IQ and is bullied at school.  Kat is hesitant to let him go on an overnight chaperoned camping trip with his class but he really want to go.  Then she discovers he has disappeared during the night and rushes to the campsite, wanting to help the police find him.  She suspects Andrew has taken him as revenge against her.

Stef is the wife of Sam, Atlanta's mayor, and mother to their son, Sammy.  Sammy is in Ethan's class and on the same overnight camping trip as Ethan.  She gets a call the next morning who claims they have kidnapped her son and she rushes to the campsite to validate whether it's true or not.

This is the third book I've read by this author and I thought it was okay.  It is written in first person perspective in Kat and Stef's voices ... the chapters alternate and are marked so you know whose voice it is.  This worked for me because I liked getting to know what was going on in their heads.  I thought the whodunnit was obvious and figured it out pretty quickly.  I found Ethan and Sammy rather unlikable and seemed to act older than their age.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

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