The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott @JeffAbbott @GrandCentralPub

Posted December 22, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments

The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott @JeffAbbott @GrandCentralPubThe Three Beths by Jeff Abbott
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 23, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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 other recent disappearances from Lakehaven. And all three women had the same name: Beth.

Or a sinister connection?
Mariah would give anything to find out what happened to her mother, and clear her father's name. But the truth may be more devastating than she could have imagined...


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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. Most is either Mariah or her father. My main issue is not connecting with Mariah.  I felt for her but I thought her outbursts and her deciding to be a detective were not quite right.  I can understand her being upset, of course.  Didn’t she have to work at all, that she could just talk to people to gather information?  I kept worrying that she was truly putting herself in danger, which she was. When there has already been a kidnapping or murder, it’s TSTL not to have backup, but who could she trust?  Her father already knew they were in danger.

I somewhat guessed at the villain (s) but not the connections and twists. The plot and writing were good; I just wish the characters were a bit more realistic, or more developed.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 Library-Love Challenge
  • 2018 New Release Challenge

Posted December 22, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments

10 responses to “The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

    • I read your review after I wrote mine. I figured out it this morning. Mariah’s feelings were realistic but her actions were not sometimes. I needed a bit more character development beyond following the mystery. Overall it was a good read and I enjoyed it though.

  1. I saw this one on your reading list and was curious so I’m glad to get your thoughts on it. It sounds good though I’ll keep expectations lower because of some of the unrealistic stuff going on, too.

    • I try to figure out what the difference is in what makes the character developed/defined and when it doesn’t feel like it. It’s not length of the book. It’s not a show vs tell thing. It’s not a physical description or any other one thing. But with some author’s work, there is just a gut deep feeling of knowing the character. The words unerringly paint a picture which can’t be shaken.

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