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The Highway | [C.J. Box]

The Highway

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 C.J. Box (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Lora ELKVIEW, WV, United States 08-06-13
    Lora ELKVIEW, WV, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Buckle Up!"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Corrales, NM United States 08-05-13
    Amazon Customer Corrales, NM United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A Disappointment"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.K. Woodstock, IL USA 08-02-13
    M.K. Woodstock, IL USA 08-02-13 Member Since 2009

    I love a good mystery

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    "I love this author and I hated this book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 08-05-13
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 08-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Messing with my expectations"

    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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 08-05-13
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WARNING - WHY BOTHER"
    What disappointed you about The Highway?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about C.J. Box’s story?

    Well, the middle of the book where good guy should kick some A double S S does not happen. WTF?! I'm so mad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Highway?

    Take a guess!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah. What is the point in this book???

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. Bloom Akron, OH 07-04-14
    D. Bloom Akron, OH 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Live WELL!

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    "Way to dark...almost stopped reading/listening."
    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or Holter Graham?

    It appears Box was tinkering with some dark elements and decided to move on. This is a skip.


    Has The Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the Pickett novels are excellent!


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator.


    What character would you cut from The Highway?

    The main villain and Box's decent into madness with the character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janine Sioux Falls, SD, United States 02-05-14
    Janine Sioux Falls, SD, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2011

    boat baby

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    "Wish I'd stopped with "Back of Beyond""

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Midwest 11-27-13
    DJ Midwest 11-27-13
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    "awful"
    Would you try another book from C.J. Box and/or Holter Graham?

    no thanks


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    more Wally Lamb


    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    too monotone


    What character would you cut from The Highway?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    not my sort of story; nothing but awful, negative people, leaves you feeling icky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Redding, CA USA 09-28-13
    Ruth Redding, CA USA 09-28-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved this from beginning."
    What made the experience of listening to The Highway the most enjoyable?

    The narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cody Hoyt


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not and extreme reaction other that I wanted to read more. I was angry at the ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Star United States 09-26-13
    Star United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This was horrible!"

    I was so disappointed in this story. Loved C.J. Box. He has such great characters, but don't think I will ever purchase or listen to another one of his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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