When a child goes missing, two mothers’ lives collide in a shocking way in this suspenseful novel from the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie.
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.
Print length: 284 pages. Publisher: HQ Digital. Publication Date: 26 June 2018
Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of seven novels, including My Darling Husband and The Marriage Lie, a Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Mystery & Thriller. Her books have been published in more than in a dozen languages and have been optioned for film and television. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.
This book has been sitting on my kindle since April 2019 and I chose it to read along with several members of my online book club. If you are an Amazon Prime member – this book is FREE so grab a copy now.
I can only describe this book as a page-turning, knuckle-biting, edge-of-your-seat, fast paced rollercoaster of a ride which I zoomed through in almost one sitting and found it difficult to put down.
Three Days Missing is the story of a little 8 year old boy who disappears during his first overnight trip with his school and is primarily narrated by his mother Kat. Each chapter counts down the hours since his disappearance from a few hours to the final 3 days missing.
Kat’s a newly divorced single mum, with an abusive ex-husband, currently under a restraining order who can’t be contacted by phone and appears to be the prime suspect in the abduction of Ethan.
When the police turn up at Kat’s house a few hours after Ethan’s disappearance Kat’s emotions are running from shock, guilt, despair and horror at the thought of her baby alone and scared miles from home in the pouring rain.
Meanwhile we are introduced to another narrator, Stephanie – the wife of the local mayor and mother of Sammy, an 8 year old boy in Ethan’s class who is also on the school trip. Shortly after Ethan’s disappearance Stephanie receives a call from an unknown number claiming to have kidnapped Sammy.
This is a really tense story told from two mothers who couldn’t be more different from each other; one being a single mum struggling financially to cope with the added pressure of an abusive ex and the other a “younger trophy wife” living in luxury as the wife of a prominent public figure.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers full of action, twists and high emotion.