11 May 2023
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this 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?
📖 My Review
A seemingly innocuous school trip starts to take on a sinister edge when the entire class, along with their teachers, simply vanish into thin air. With their parents anxiously waiting for the return of their children, the police have a difficult time investigating a crime which has left precious little clues. Gradually, as we get to know the place and the people who call it home, we start to realise that all is not idyllic in this Cotswold retreat and the children's parents, some of them rich and famous, have secrets they would rather not be exposed to a wider audience, and yet at the centre of the story are a bunch of vulnerable primary school children who have quite simply vanished.
The story moves along at a cracking pace, part police procedural but mainly about this set of parents and the lengths they will go to in order to protect themselves. Easy to spoil so I won't give away the plot as the premise of the story is done really cleverly. The many twists and turns kept me guessing and I enjoyed trying to guess in which direction the story was heading. The parents are an interesting bunch and it's a great insight into the vagaries of human nature and of the tangled web of deceit which can so easily spiral out of control.
The Vanishing of Class 3B is another fabulously convoluted story from this talented author. I'm already looking forward to the next one 😊
About the Author
Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband