Book Review: Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle

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Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
Reading Level: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Park Row Books / Harlequin
Pages: 352

Summary: 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 class trip. Shocked and distraught, Kat rushes to the campground, 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 has earth-shattering consequences for Stef, as her path crosses with Kat. As the two mothers race against the clock, their desperate search for answers reveals how the greatest dangers lie behind the everyday smiles of those they trust the most.

My Review: As a mother, Three Days Missing grabbed on to my heartstrings and didn’t let go until the very end. I cannot imagine, sending my son off to a school trip, where he mysteriously goes missing. It’s a parents biggest nightmare!

The protagonist Kat, had such a raw quality about her. I found a connection with her quickly and felt her every emotion throughout the chapters. I really enjoyed how Kimberly established the importance of every character. Each individual played a role in the developing story and I was on the edge of my seat to find out what happened to Ethan.

I loved how the intensity and nail-biting anticipation was consistent. Never a dull moment! The suspense behind every encounter, left you calculating if it had a part in the disappearance. The ending was exciting and it threw me for a loop that I wasn’t expecting.

Overall, a great thriller that’ll keep you on your toes. If you are looking for a suspenseful read that strays away from the typical murder or serial killer theme, then Three Days Missing is the way to go!

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

About The Author:

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Kimberly Belle is the internationally bestselling author of four novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, The Marriage Lie, and Three Days Missing (June 2018). Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller and has been translated into a dozen languages. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

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Book Purchase: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

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Happy Sunday folks! It’s been a while since a YA book caught my attention. #Murdertrending sounds just like the type of book to get me back into this genre.

In this story, citizens get to watch criminals get murdered live. But, what happens if you are wrongfully accused? I can imagine the lengths someone has to go to, in order to save themselves. Sounds dark and intense. Yes please!

Who wants to read #Murdertrending as well? And if you read it already, tell me your thoughts.

Book Summary:

@doctorfusionbebop: Some 17 y. o. chick named Dee Guerrera was just sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for killing her stepsister. So, how long do you think she’ll last?

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@EltonJohnForevzz: Me? I think Dee’s innocent. And I hope she can survive.

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

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#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

Genre: Young Adult / Horror / Thriller
Publisher:  Disney / Freeform
Publication Date: August 7, 2018

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Book Review: Girl’s Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

 

Girl’s Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Reading Level: Thriller
Release Date: July 7, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 336

Summary: For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.

My Review: I started reading Girl’s Night Out on the plane ride back from my vacation. It was just Ashley, Natalie, Lauren and I floating up in the sky. I was so enthralled, that I couldn’t stop reading.

Unfortunately my eyes betrayed me by getting sleepy. They cannot be trusted. *sighs* Anywho, I always envied girl groups who have this sister dynamic and have known each other for a ridiculous amount of years. But, after this twisted story, I must say I am thankful for the few drama free friends in my life.

These girls had deep rooted issues with one another and poor Ashley seemed to be the common denominator. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all of their personalities. Even when they drove me insane and I wanted to jump in the book and yell at them. Each woman was unique in her own way and I loved how Liz and Lisa did a superb job in differentiating their traits.

Behavior wise, it reminded me how gossiping and being fake can take you so far. We’ve all been through some female drama throughout our lives, so it was definitely relatable on that aspect. Haters are going to hate no matter what you do or say.

The plot was thrilling and exciting, I was breezing through the chapters because I had so many unanswered questions! And, I’m not one for tears while I read, but Girl’s Night Out got me. This was the first time a book made me cry. The emotional moments were so raw that I couldn’t help but not feel moved. I was so invested in the characters and story that I felt like I was in it.

Overall, I have nothing but great things to say about Girl’s Night Out. It’s one of those reads that hits your heart and ruins your life in a good way. And, if you pay close attention to the wisdom in this novel, you will take life changing advice away from it.

An absolutely delightful and addictive release from Liz and Lisa, you ladies have a special place in my heart and I look forward to reading more works from you two!

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Author Chit Chat: A.J. Banner

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Did you ever want to get to know the author behind these amazing books we read? Well, look no further! On today’s Author Chit Chat, it’s my honor to introduce A.J. Banner. You guys might know her from her previous books, The Twilight Wife and The Good Neighbors.

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Her recent release, After Nightfall, has been receiving positive reviews and I can’t wait to read it myself! Everything from the cover to the summary sounds like a delicious treat! Let’s all give Anjali a warm welcome…

1) Congrats on your release! What inspired you to write After Nightfall?

“Lauren is flirting with my fiancé over the dinner I spent hours preparing.” The first line dropped from the sky, and I knew someone had to die by the end of the evening. The story unfolded from there, expanding into a psychological thriller wrapped in a whodunit. When I figured out that Lauren would die from a cliff fall, I did some research, which further inspired me to write particular scenes. Did you know that if you fall from a height, even if you try to remain upright, you will probably sustain a head injury? This is because the head is heavier than the rest of the body. Eventually, you will tip over and fall head first. I know it’s a morbid thought, but it helped me to make the story more vivid and realistic. Thank you for the congratulations, by the way!

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2) When you first saw the cover for After Nightfall, what were your initial thoughts?

My first thought was, wow!! My eyes almost popped out of my head. But seriously, I loved the color scheme, the moodiness, and the evocative scarf on the beach, which is important to the story. I absolutely adore the cover! The letters are embossed on the hardcover edition, giving the book a wonderful texture.

3) If you could re-name your book title, what would you choose?

I wouldn’t rename the book! “After Nightfall” is haunting and has multiple meanings. The characters sneak around after nightfall, and the death occurs in the night—from a cliff fall. My publisher came up with the title, and I think it’s absolutely perfect for this book!

4) Did you always want to be a writer, or did you have other aspirations as well?

I wanted to be a writer from the time I could pick up a crayon, but when I grew up, I explored various other professions, which gave me valuable life experience. I majored in psychology and anthropology in college, worked for a veterinarian (I love animals), analyzed stock trades, and I even volunteered for Jane Goodall’s ChimpanZoo program, observing chimpanzees in captivity with a goal of improving their habitats. I also studied classical piano for several years.

5) Name one quirky thing about yourself that not many people know about.

Every time I eat spicy food, which I love (I’m vegetarian), I get the hiccups! Never fails.

6) Last but not least, do you have anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Thank you for giving my books a chance, for taking time out of your busy lives to read my work. I appreciate you so much. I love hearing from readers, so please drop me a line on Instagram, Facebook, or through my website. I’ve found, to my delight, that readers are incredibly generous and supportive and many of them have become my dear friends!

THANK YOU ANJALI FOR THIS GREAT INTERVIEW!

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