Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Vanishing Of Class 3B. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.
One spring morning, a bus full of children and their teachers from a Cotswolds primary school head off on a much-anticipated day trip.
But as night falls and the well-heeled parents – one or two of them famous, as well as wealthy – wait at the school to collect their weary offspring, it soon becomes clear that something has gone very wrong.
The children and their teachers simply do not come back.
What’s happened doesn’t seem possible.
How can an entire class of children simply vanish?
I was drawn to The Vanishing Of Class 3B by its simple but unique premise. As readers, we all have our own memories and experiences of school trips, so this story is something many people will relate to, but it has the extra sense of danger and mystery to keep me hooked. It has everything I would want in a crime novel: it is fast paced, has so much tension and lots of interesting characters.
The Vanishing Of Class 3B has a large cast of characters and the chapters are written from the perspectives of children, teachers and parents and Jackie Kabler distinguishes between these voices well. This means that there is often a lot going on, but it increases the sense of jeopardy and made it really intriguing for me. It is clear from the very beginning that all of the families have secrets and I really enjoyed delving deeper into their lives and I was keen to know what they might be hiding.
As the investigation into what happened to the missing people begins to get closer to a conclusion, the tension becomes palpable. I really wanted the perpetrator to be caught and I was on the edge of my seat as the police got closer to the answers. I did have to suspend my disbelief slightly as the author explained everything, but overall, The Vanishing Of Class 3B is an enjoyable book.
The Vanishing Of Class 3B is available from Amazon.
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