It was difficult to believe this was written by the same C.J. Box who authored the Joe Pickett series. I had no problem with the violence in the story since that is essentially part of the genre but the lack of flow in the story line made it less than a satisfying read or listen.
The reader was very good and easy to listen to.
I love a good mystery
Usually I love C.J. Box's books in fact I pre-ordered it, but I hated the story very raw for me, I would not recommend this book. I am 70 years old maybe, I prefer a little less violence.
I've listened to nearly all the C.J. Box on Audible, skipping only the one that appears from the plot summary and reviews to lean a little too Tea Party for me, but my respect for his story-telling is high. This time out, some of the reviews that are negative appear to be disappointed in a plot development: A heroine moves to the forefront after a shocking development. One reviewer claimed she is dull as mud.
I like mud and those animals who dwell there, but this woman doesn't and isn't. She's female. Not a female who's the next best thing to a guy, but a woman, acting like an adult, making mistakes and reaching beyond them. She steps up.
The bad guys are wicked, but not cartoons. They ring true. They're worse than the bad cops in Box's "Blue Heaven," but in that vein.
Few novelists working today have as rich a sense of the contemporary American West as Box. Despite some gruesome plot elements, not lingered over, thank God, listening was a pleasure. Box loves the land and everybody trying to make a go of it on the land in an honorable way, even if they break a few rules now and then. By the time the heroine is ready to break a major one, I was with her all the way.
Box never overwrites. His sentences don't call attention to themselves, preening like peacocks. They're often beautiful, always crisp and frequently worth writing down. I believe in his characters. Excellent narrator.
If I reveal what disappointed me, I'll ruin the book for others. I just don't even understand what the author's thought process was in writing this book. The killer is glorified and continues on like he's supposed to be a character in a new sequel? WTF? It's like I'm watching the show that's on Fox, The Following, where the good guys are bumbling idiots and the bad guys seem to outsmart the good guys at ever turn.
Seriously, what was the point in this book?
I like books where the good guy wins at the end. I understand the main character of the novel having some flaws. I don't mind overlooking a few quirks. I understand how that makes him/her more identifiable with the reader. But what happens after the first four hours of this book -- well, I just don't understand why after one and half books the author did this. Stupid.
I cannot even find the words to express my disappointment with this book. Terrible.
Well, the middle of the book where good guy should kick some A double S S does not happen. WTF?! I'm so mad.
With the first two questions, Audible clearly knows I do not like this book so why would you ask me a favorite scene? There wasn't one. It was horrible.
Take a guess!!!!
Yeah. What is the point in this book???
I almost didn't finish this book, because i anticipated a horrible end for the girls. The villians were repulsive creatures. I don't really want to read another like this.
Yes, it was painful anticipating the horror. I think this is a horror book/
The villians, especially the crooked cop.
It appears Box was tinkering with some dark elements and decided to move on. This is a skip.
No the Pickett novels are excellent!
The main villain and Box's decent into madness with the character.
I loved all of the books in the Joe Pickett series and was really excited about being introduced to Cody Hoyt. "Back of Beyond" was great so I started reading "The Highway" immediately afterwards. I wish I hadn't.
While the first half of the book showed the same CJ Box promise, the second half of the book seemed to have been written by someone else. Cassie was a weak character and I simply could not buy how she solved the case. With the end of the story leaving us hanging about the 3rd bad guy, I definitely will not listen to a sequel. Didn't like Cassie from the beginning.
I've pre-ordered the next Joe Pickett book and am looking forward to that but I'm now a little hesitent about other Box books.
Not your typical series development. A pretty good story, but premised on some highly unlikely scenarios and alliances. The damsel-in-distress makes for a good page-turner, though, although the ditzy damsel is both hard to take and hard to believe: Mr. Box doesn't so much strain credulity as simply fail to acknowledge it.
more Wally Lamb
all of them
not my sort of story; nothing but awful, negative people, leaves you feeling icky.