Three Days Missing

Three Days Missing

by Kimberly Belle

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ISBN-13: 9780778307716
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 41,426
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Belle is the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie, The Last Breath, and The Ones We Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College and has worked in fundraising for nonprofits at home and abroad. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

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Three Days Missing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Candice_S 10 months ago
This book was a spectacular roller coaster of a read that I could not put down! Following the three days after Kat's son Ethan has gone missing from a school camping trip, this story unwinds at rapid fire pace, with twists coming at you left and right. I loved, more than anything else, the fact that this story felt rooted in a very real place of what a response for a missing child would look like, and more specifically, how absolutely stuck a parent would be in panic, terror and inability to do anything more than wait. There is something remarkably satisfying in reading a story where the responses of the characters resonate in reality - in this case, the fact that while Kat was panicked and desperate to find her son, there was very little for her to actually physically DO except stay out from under the police search and not get herself in the way. This to me, is far more interesting to read than a story where a parent of a missing child suddenly develops FBI level abilities to track and save their own kid, outsmarting the villain and the cops in the process. That is all to say that Kimberley Belle writes wonderfully human characters - even her most devious and dark characters have redeeming human traits to them, that let you understand why they might have done what they have done. And those characters let you connect to the story in a very deep way. Overall this is an absolute must read for those who love a good whodunit mystery that will keep you on your toes late into the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, the pace was fast moving and kept my attention the entire time. It was my first book by this author and certainly won't be my last.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Kat Jenkins is in the midst of a messy divorce from Andrew, her abusive, wealthy husband -- complete with a restraining order. She has managed to keep her nine-year-old son, Ethan, enrolled at Cambridge, the prestigious private school where he has had difficulty forming friendships, largely because of his extraordinary intellect and photographic memory. After he begged to go, she permitted him to participate in an overnight school trip to an old gold rush town, complete with two hundred foot mines. Secure with the new backpack he has longed for and her father's old compass, Ethan sets off with his classmates. Ethan bears a striking physical resemblance to his classmate, Sammy. But that's where the similarities end. Sammy is an indulged bully, the pampered son of Stef and Sam Huntington, the mayor of Atlanta. Wealthy, privileged, and influential, Stef is a beautiful woman who appears to lead an idyllic life. In the middle of the night, Kat is awakened by police on her doorstep telling her that Ethan disappeared from the cabin in which he was staying with the other children. Kat immediately rushes to the campsite, joined by her best friend, Lucas Tanner, her "brother in every way but blood," a former Marine trained in search and rescue. Kat and Stef are mere acquaintances when Ethan goes missing, but they soon find their lives intersecting in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. As the hours tick by and Ethan remains missing, author Kimberly Belle reveals clues to his disappearance and details about the Huntington's lives at tautly-timed intervals. From its opening, Three Days Missing is a tense, meticulously-crafted thriller in which a vulnerable little boy's welfare is at the heart of the drama. Kat is a wholly believable mother in crisis -- Ethan is her whole life. She is strong and determined. Stef, who appears to be a proverbial "trophy wife," is an intriguing character whose strength and resilience is gradually revealed as the search drags on and she grows increasingly suspicious about Sam's political ties and Josh, his cousin and chief of staff. The two mothers become unlikely allies as the search for Ethan intensifies with each passing minute, with Sammy playing an integral part in solving the mystery. Belle includes a supporting cast of colorful characters, including Stef's psychic mother, that add interest and keep the tale entertaining. Finally, the pace of the story quickens as the characters hone in on the truth. And a jaw-dropping conclusion. As with The Marriage Lie, Belle has penned an un-put-downable thriller that will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking end. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
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lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
This novel had my heart racing until the last page! Ethan an 8 year old boy, has been bullied at his private school because he has a genius IQ and is "different". Nobody cares, not classmates, teachers or school administrators. His mother Kat loves him with all her heart and wishes her son would have friends and go to parties and have playdates. When there is an overnight camping trip, Kat reluctantly allows Ethan to attend, while praying he will will fit in. When Ethan goes missing during the night, nobody can imagine why or how he disappeared. Where does a little boy go in the dark woods with only his backpack? One of my favorite lines is "Maybe the goal here shouldn't be to understand but to let go." This book is a mystery filled with suspense but also so many lessons here woven among the pages. I will definitely not be forgetting this amazing book anytime soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katherine (Kat) Jenkins is urging her 8-year-old son, Ethan, to get dressed and ready for school so she can get to work. Kat has been separated from her husband, Andrew, for 6 months. He is dragging out the divorce by demanding more and more things. Kat even has a restraining order against Andrew because he beat her up. Kat lives in Atlanta in a small house and has to struggle to make ends meet. Andrew, on the other hand, lives in a huge home and has lots of money. Ethan is a very intelligent boy with a genius IQ of 158, but is socially awkward. The other students tend to ignore him and some even bully him. He attends a very elite school that his wealthy father pays for. Today, his second grade teacher, Miss Emma, is taking the class on an overnight trip to Dahlonega, an early gold rush town north of Atlanta. She says they do the trip every year, taking lots of teachers and chaperones for the students and they will stay in a YMCA camp facility. Ethan doesn’t seem happy about the trip but won’t tell his Mom why. She can’t help but have misgivings about the trip either. But, he perks up when she shows him the sleeping bag she bought him and the old family heirloom compass he can use on the trip. Late that night, Kat is awakened by the police saying that Ethan is missing from the camp. In a panic, she knows she must get to the camp as soon as possible to try and find Ethan. The police detective who came to her door, offers to drive her to the camp. She also calls her friend, Lucas, who happens to be an ex-Marine trained in search and rescue. When they arrive at the camp, it appears that Ethan may have been taken by someone. Could it be Andrew? Stefanie (Stef) is married to Sam Huntington, who is the mayor of Atlanta. They have a son, Sammy, who is one of the students in Ethan’s class. The mayor is working closely with the police to find the best way to help. They have a huge home with lots of security. When it turns out that Sammy had been sleeping in Ethan’s sleeping bag, this causes more confusion in the search and it becomes a bigger undertaking that means they must all start from scratch. Now, it appears that Sammy was the one meant to be taken and not Ethan. The boys are similar in appearance. So, Kat and Stef both are terrified for their sons. Will Ethan be found safe? Why was he taken in the first place and by whom? I found this to be a terrific thriller that kept me turning pages. I know readers will like it. Kimberley Belle is a great author. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
A parent's worst nightmare ... a son is abducted and no one saw or heard anything. Kat is a single mom, doing her best for her son. The police pound on her front door to let her know that her son, Ethan, has been abducted from a school sponsored overnight camping trip. Kat is rushed to the campgrounds, but there has been no sign of Ethan ... the trackers lost his trail in the forest. At the same time, Stef is receiving a call on her cell phone. The caller says he has Sammy, her 8-year-old son. He, also, is on the same camping trip as Ethan. So who's son has been taken? and why? and by whom? This is a well written novel that depicts two women who have been given the worst news .. and how the each cope. The story is told, in turn, by each woman. There are surprises that I guarantee you will never see coming. The ending is a nail biter. Many thanks to the author / Park Row / Edelweiss for the advanced copy of this intriguing thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.