From the New York Times best-selling author of Blue Heaven and Back of Beyond, C.J. Box, comes a gripping new thriller.
When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish.
Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state. There's a serial killer out there roaming the highways, and Cody and Cassie must find him before he takes more lives.
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I love CJ Box, and this one did not disappoint! Like the first Cody Hoyt book, this story finds Cody on his own in a situation that is far more sinister than it appears to others. I like the addition of Cassie Duel as Cody's partner. I hope she'll return in the series.
Great narrator, Holter Graham gets all the voices right! I really appreciate that his performance is so seamless between the characters.
As for the characters, you know the writing is good when one just gets on your last nerve!
My only regret is that I did not use this for a road trip...and now I'm afraid to take another one ever again!
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???
This is, by far, the darkest tale I have ever heard from C. J. Box. Well thought out, well read, but definitely not a feel good ending. I will try out the next book in this series to see if it lightens up a little. This is darker than I typically prefer.
I dont want to spoil the story, but I almost had to pull off the road and think about what just happened early into this story. Something I have never seen in any of this type of genre. I did like the fact that the woman was the star in this story, and maybe we will see more of her in the future. But she doesnt have the superstar quality as a person like Cody. Very entertaining, but not as good a Back of Beyond I thought. The story was predictable and not fully developed. People were getting killed off before we hardly knew who they were. If you havent read Back of Beyond, you probably wont appreciate this story at all.
So hard to write a review when everything you are going to comment on is a spoiler. The 2 sisters are back from the first Cody Hoyt book and if you thought Danielle was annoying in the first one - well I wanted to reach in the book and slap her silly. I can't say I am upset about what happens later in book. Gracie is a delight as usual and her character could easily be a mentor to young ladies every where (if they were allowed to read this book-which they shouldn't)
There is a huge twist that would be the ultimate spoiler so sorry. Investigator Cassie grows some balls, finally.
it would appear there could be a sequel and if so it will be interesting to see how the character develops.
I have no idea who would enjoy it more.
The ending. I would have given it 5 stars on everything but the ending was just so wretched.
Narrator does a great job
Anger, sadness and disappointment
Wish I hadn't listened
Box builds the characters so vividly they are visible. Some ties to the first book in the series but not so much that it would ruin the story if listened to out of order.
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