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Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
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Read 2 times. Last read June 21, 2018.

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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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)
March 26, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
March 26, 2018 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
Started Reading
June 21, 2018 – Shelved
June 21, 2018 – Finished Reading

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