Book Review: The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

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Title: The Three Beths
Author: Jeff Abbott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.56

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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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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 on the part of her father. In her search for her mother and the other Beths, Mariah’s behavior sometimes borders on unstable. She clearly cares about her parents, but she is also desperate to find her mother.

Fast-paced with a lot happening. An enjoyable read, but I did have a few issues with it. For one, Mariah isn’t exactly stealthy with her search, which is annoying. However, my biggest complaint is the ending. I’m not a fan of the villain explaining their whole evil plot. This is a twisty novel, so the explanations went on for far too long. That’s a personal pet peeve though, so the overall story lost a little something for me in the end.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

14 thoughts on “Book Review: The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

  1. I get what you mean where the villain explaining everything can detract a bit! There needs to be a healthy balance. I need answers but maybe not a full chapter on it! Great review!

    1. Thanks! Glad I’m not the only one who finds that annoying. I want the answers, but I want them wrapped up quickly, or unveiled in a way that lets the reader figure things out themselves.

  2. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this book but totally understand why. Do you think it’s because of the experience of the writer or the editor? I mean things like the long-winded ending..

    1. Hmmm. I don’t know. I haven’t read anything else by this author, so I can’t compare to other books by him. It may be his writing style.

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