Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review and her rating: 4 of 5 stars
Norma and I read Three Days Missing with four of our Traveling Sisters and we all were pretty much left lost in the same coulee feeling a little chilled after finishing with that chilling and unsettling final twist.
Kimberly Belle does a great job here setting the tension and the anxiety with sending your child off to camp. The tension soars when Ethan goes missing and Kat along with us all are left with questions as to how a child can go missing from camp. We soon learn more is involved here when another mother and her son become involved in the mystery of Ethan disappearing.
Three Day Missing is an entertaining and suspenseful thriller that takes us on a fast-paced, clock ticking race through the coulee to find where Ethan is.
Kimberly Belle creates two strong mothers here with Kat and Stephanie who live very different lives from each other yet similar in many ways as Mothers. We found both interesting and our hearts went out to each as they struggled with finding the truth to Ethan’s disappearance.
And that ending things got a little chilly in the Coulee after finishing this story and some of us were feeling a little uneasy with that well-done ending.
THREE DAYS MISSING by KIMBERLY BELLE is a gripping, suspenseful, and a fast-paced domestic thriller novel about a nine-year-old boy named Ethan who goes missing on a school field trip. That alone makes this book so scary and disturbing to read about (with no disturbing scenes though) and is something that no parent should ever have to experience in their lifetime.
I was totally intrigued and immersed in this storyline and had me flipping those pages as fast as I could desperately searching for answers to what happened and transpired in those three missing days.
Although, I figured out some of this story quite early on it didn’t take away any of the suspense or tension that I felt for this story or the characters. I especially enjoyed and loved Ethan’s character!
KIMBERLY BELLE delivers a well-written and tension-filled story here that is both character and plot driven. The story was told from two different perspectives that of Kat (Ethan’s Mom) and Stephanie (the mother of another nine-year-old boy in Ethan’s class). I really enjoyed the perspective and individual stories from both of these mothers and really had me rooting for a positive outcome for both of them.
Both stories came together so nicely and were very satisfying to make this another entertaining, quick, easy and enjoyable read! Would recommend!
3.5 stars. This was a quick and suspenseful read that kept my curiosity piqued throughout.
This book revolves around every parents’ worst nightmare. Kat Jenkins wakes up in the middle of the night to over twenty missed phone calls and the police knocking on her door. They inform her that her eight-year-old son, Ethan, has disappeared from the campground where he and his classmates were staying. Told from the perspective of Kat and a fellow classmates’ mother, the chapters switch between the narrators. I felt for these mothers and enjoyed what each of their perspectives brought to the story.
The suspense gripped me quickly from the first chapter. The novel had me guessing throughout, however, the intensity of the suspense and thrill started to slightly fizzle out around the halfway mark. I was still intrigued to find out how it would all end, but the story lost some of its spark for me. Additionally, toward the end of the book, there were a few situations that seemed implausible which took away from my enjoyment.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick, easy and entertaining book and would recommend it to thriller and suspense fans.
Thank you so much from all of us to NetGalley, Harlequin, and Kimberly Belle for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.
Mary Beth’s Review
Ethan goes on a camping trip with his classmates and they stay at a YMCA summer camp facility. Ethan’s Mom, Kat Jenkin’s, is nervous and uptight about it and asks the teacher why she is taking a boatload of second graders on an overnight
trip. Miss Erma assures her that they do it every year and there is one chaperone for every five students and it’s perfectly safe.
Ethan has an I.Q of 158 and is a genius. He has been at Cambridge for two years and has never brought any friends home, he doesn’t have any play dates or any sleepovers. Ethan is right years old and looks like he is six.
His Mom received a phone call and the voice on the other end asks her if her son Ethan Maddox is with her. She replied that her son is away on a camping trip. Then the person who calls her tells her that her son is missing from Camp Crosby. The teacher did a head count around 2:30 am and found Ethan missing. After searching the area and not finding him they called the authorities at 3:02 am. The Lumpkin County sheriff ‘s office arrived and initiated an organized search of the camp and didn’t t have any luck finding him. They think he might be lost in the woods and he is afraid of the dark. Well trained search and rescue dogs weren’t able to catch his scent. Ethan has vanished without a trace. Ethan’s Mom is divorced and had a terrible relationship with Andrew, Ethan ‘s father. He drank too much and was under a lot of stress and took it out on her and Ethan.
Another mother, Steph Huntington, from the school, seems like she has it all: money, a popular son and a loving husband. She hardly knows Kat. But as the police investigation upholds, Ethan’s disappearance will have earth-shattering consequences in Steph’s own life- and the paths of these two mother’s are about to cross in ways no one could have anticipated.
This story is every parent’s nightmare. It is not dark or graphic. I think it’s a book for everyone, not just thriller fans. This is a fast-paced read but it is a slow burner in the beginning but it then turns out to be a page-turner. I really loved this book. I also was not able to guess what happened to Ethan and was shocked when I found out.
I didn’t find this to be predictable at all.
I did have some disbelief in apart of the story, but other than that it was great.
I thought that the author did a great job with her characters. I really thought that I got to know them. I liked reading about Kay’s and Steph’s point of views, and that was when I felt like it got really suspenseful. I loved Ethan and my heart went out to him and Sammy’s character shocked me.
I want to thank Edelweiss, Park Row/Harlequin and Kimberly Belle for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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