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The Three Beths

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  557 ratings  ·  89 reviews
My mom would never leave me.

This has been Mariah Dunning's motto. Her compass. Her belief. So when she glimpses her mother--who's been missing and presumed dead for the past two years--on the other side of a crowded food court, Mariah's conviction becomes stronger than ever. Or is she losing her mind?

Her mother disappeared without a trace and--even without a body or any ph
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 tense and original stars to The Three Beths! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Why hasn’t Jeff Abbott been on my reading radar before? I am his newest fan.

I don’t know how you could read the synopsis and not be intrigued. The premise is completely original, and the way this is written is exceptionally engaging.

Mariah Dunning’s mother disappeared without a trace, which is completely out of character for her. Mariah’s father shoulders the blame, though he proclaims his innocence. Their lives are abruptly altered becaus
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I thought that this was really good. I decided to pick this one up because I was in the mood for a good mystery and I have been wanting to read Jeff Abbott's writing. Once I started reading this book, I was hooked. I wanted to know what had happened to these three Beths and I wanted to see their families find the answers they needed. This was a mystery that turned out to be quite the page-turner.

Mariah's mother has been gone a long t
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Mariah doesn't believe her mother, Beth, would ever just leave, but Beth has been missing for a year. Mariah hasn't given up on finding her mother, and while searching for her, she discovers there are two other missing women, also named Beth. Mariah believes the missing women must be somehow connected.

The community suspects Mariah's father of killing her mother, despite there having been no body found. Mariah continues to stick up for her dad, but there does seem to be some suspicious behavior o
Deb Jones
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Author Jeff Abbott has written more than 16 books and is a New York Times Bestselling writer. The Three Beths is my first glimpse of Abbott's work. To be generous, I was less-than-thrilled with this reading experience.

I found the main character, Mariah Dunning, to be insipid and unreliable. Some of the dialogue felt stagey and untrue to the character speaking. The pace was plodding for the first half of the book.

It wasn't a terrible story. The Three Beths has some intrigue, but it also has what
Last year when I read Jeff Abbott's Blame, the first book I'd read by him, I thought I'd found a special new (for me) author. After just finishing The Three Beths, that thought had solidified into a concrete fact. No one tells a story steeped in secrets better than Abbott. His mastery of connecting the threads between characters and the timing of revealing their hidden deeds or thoughts is perfection. Secrets seldom hold their breaths forever, and the effects that delay of information and taking ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The Three Beths is Jeff Abbott's newest book.

Mariah Dunning's mother disappeared a year ago. Law enforcement is sure that her father has killed her, but has yet to prove it. One day while at the mall, Mariah is sure she sees her mother at the food court - and she redoubles her efforts to find her. And her search turns up another woman named Beth who has also disappeared. And going by the title, you know there's another.

The Three Beths is a busy book with many twists and turns throughout. Now, I
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: am-i-thrilled
The Three Beths is the second standalone novel by Mr. Abbott that has disappointed me.

I've got more questions than ridiculous answers, such as:

1. What was the point of Mariah seeing that stranger who looked like her mom in the first place?

Just to kickstart her desire to search for her mom? Pretty flimsy, if you ask me.

2. Hooking up with a deceased woman's husband is just gross.

And why does Mariah need a love interest? I mean, come on, does every female need a man by the end of the book?

3. Plen
Jay Dwight
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Jeff Abbott's work and this tale is a true mystery. The reader is cleverly kept in the dark right up to the final reveal.

Two women have disappeared within six months of each other. A true crime podcaster plants a seed that the two cases might be linked, and this sets the daughter of one of the missing women on an investigative trail to find the truth about the disappearances.
I found this to be a brisk, interesting read with enough suspense to keep me moving at a good speed. Three women, all named Beth, have disappeared from the same area. The persistent daughter of one of the women is determined to discover what happened to her mother. There are no bizarre, shocking twists (which are so popular today). Rather, we are lead along pathways of discovery which I found satisfying.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s always great to read a Jeff Abbott book. This book was definitely a page turner. This was a great mystery and as you read the book there are so many hidden secrets. Two women with the name of Beth vanish within six months of each other. The daughter of the second Beth wants to know why her mother simply vanished and starts her own investigation. Do the two Beths know each other? And where does a third Beth fit in? Ahh, I can’t tell you, this is a must read if you want the answers.
Mr. Abbot
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There isn’t a book that Jeff Abbott has written that I don’t love. His Sam Capra series is excellent as are all his stand-alone novels..
The three Beths follows a young girl, Mariah, searching for her missing mother Beth. Her father has been the main suspect of the police and silently accused by his neighbours and work colleagues. When Mariah’s friend Chad, who runs a crime website, finds another Beth had gone missing around the same time as her mum, Mariah keeps digging until she finds that thes
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sorry but the whole book was preposterous. I felt no empathy for anyone. I don't want to spoil it if you want to read it but it just made no sense to me why the main character would go off in search of clues that were ridiculous. There was one character to like/feel sorry for but the rest were awful people.
Daniel Kincaid
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I finished this book with mixed feelings. I honestly don't know what to think of it.

As a fan of Abbott, I can tell you this book in not similar to his other works. It's a very slow-burner, and the pace picks up (barely) only halfway through. Abbott's books (whether the Sam Capra series or his other stand-alones) are usually even-paced and intense.
The characters are somewhat un-relatable, especially the main character, Mariah. Not only she wasn't engaging, she was mostly annoying as hell. Also,
Marika Charalambous
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very suspenseful psychological thriller dealing with the disappearance of Mariah's mother, Beth. There were lots of twists and turns in the story, and the action and thrill never let go.

If you enjoy standalone thriller with disappearance being a major theme in the book, you'll want to pick up The Three Bets.

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Mariah's mother disappeared without a trace, the police convinced her father had something to do with it. Mariah's friend discovers that another woman called Beth disappeared 6 months after her mother so Mariah starts looking into the cases. This was a pretty solid mystery with various twists and a psychopath on the loose.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Great read! Missing persons, families, lies, oh my!
Richard Haynes
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
A story about families destroyed by mistakes made "and the revenge is visited upon the kids." One kid never gives up on finding her mother and links two cases of two disappearances of two Beth's. A fast paced thriller good to the last sentence.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Meh, that is too many Beths.
Dan Keefer
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
"The Three Beths" got me involved from the beginning . . . but as the story continued, it nearly lost me. I was curious about who did what and why, but at times my curiosity was tested by a growing sense that the novel was going on and on unnecessarily. It too slowly tied things together, mostly doing so in a long monologue near the end.

The plot uses multiple characters to construct a fairly entangled storyline. Everyone has character flaws that sometimes take them places that they shouldn't go.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Touted as a thriller novel, "The Three Beths" begins on a light-weight premise with characters whose motivations are weak, at best. As the plot thickens - thins? - the book turns into an hysterical comedy. A veritable crowd of characters begin chasing around, spying on one another, breaking into each others' homes, and wielding an astonishing array of guns, knives, and hypodermic needles. Murders begin to pile up until all an intelligent reader can do is weep with laughter. Jeff Abbott deserves ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
The promotions for this book predicted that this book would be a real thriller, so I took a chance. Big mistake. I was bored out of my mind with it. It is a convoluted tale of accidents, murder and revenge involving three women with the name of Beth. The action drags, the ties between the parties is stretched and overall I wish I had never bothered with this book.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I mostly liked was a bit convoluted, everything came together pretty haphazardly towards the end, it felt like. The characters were interesting though, and it kept me mostly interested and invested til the end. I just feel that the main character's actions were a little preposterous, and very little of it seemed plausible in a lot of ways.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pankaj Verma
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All  Mariah Dunning wants is answers. What she has is an inexhaustible desire to learn the truth.

Mariah Dunning’s mom Beth has disappeared from their upscale Texas neighborhood, sending ripples of tragedy through the Dunning family and sending their lives into a tailspin. Always the number one suspect of the local police, Mariah’s dad Craig Dunning has been forced into being a hermit. Craig Dunning spends his days bunkered down in his home in an effort to avoid the stares and scorn of the neigh
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The day her mom went missing, Mariah Dunning was home from school, sick. She remembers vague snippets of conversations and has occasional flashbacks and indistinct visions, but no clear recollections.

Naturally, suspicion immediately focused on Mariah’s father, Craig. It’s always the husband, isn’t it? It seems that the entire town blames him. Someone overheard an argument between Craig and his wife, Beth. Soon after that, she vanished. He can’t produce much of an alibi. Perhaps Mariah can, but h
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mom would never leave me.
This has been Mariah Dunning's motto. Her compass. Her belief. So when she glimpses her mother--who's been missing for the past year--on the other side of a crowded food court, Mariah's conviction becomes stronger than ever. Or is she losing her mind?

An unlikely coincidence?
When Beth Dunning disappeared without a trace, suspicion for her murder-despite the lack of a body or any physical evidence-immediately fell upon Mariah's father. Until Mariah stumbles upon two ot
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Several friends have read this and it looked like it would be something I would like.  I did like the mystery and suspense of what happened to these woman. There are so many things one doesn't really know about others, even spouses or children, those in your own home.

The story shifts point-of-view somewhat based on what is happening, then they tell the story. Mo
Kate Ayers
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good. Gave it three stars mainly because maybe there were TOO many twists. Maybe. And a thread or two seemed to get dropped that I expected to encounter more. Minor nits, really. This moves along quickly. The writing is good, snappy, and well paced. A 20-something young lady, Mariah, and her father are surviving in the aftermath of her mother's disappearance. The community, including the police chief, believes the husband killed her. Then a friend of Mariah's finds a possible connection t ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Mariah Dunning's mother disappeared years ago, but she and her father have never recovered. Her father was the prime suspect, but Mariah continues to support him, even though every other person in Lakeview TX (including the police chief) thinks he is guilty. Thanks to a blogger known as Reveal, who is an acquaintance of Mariah's from high school, Mariah learns that two other women named Beth have disappeared, each within months of the others. Mariah is convinced this is an important clue and she ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, fiction
Mariah Dunning's mom Beth disappeared; her dad was blamed for her mother's death, yet cleared of official charges. Mariah keeps a corkboard in her closet with all the clippings of details around her mom's disappearaned and supposed death. A year later she thinks she sees her mom on a food court, and Mariah becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her mother. One day she discovers through Reveal/Chad, a blogger who wants to be on TV, that her mother's disappearance was linked to a seond ...more
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Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has a degree in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. His early novels were traditional detective fiction but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels ar ...more