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Publisher's Summary

"Christina Delaine delivers a thrilling performance of this high-stakes hunt for a killer...Notably, Delaine's sensitive portrayal of a young man with a speech impediment adds emotional depth, while her depiction of the elusive Lizard King generates chills." — AudioFile Magazine

She almost caught him once. Now, he's back.

For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap, and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job, and investigation into her role is put into motion.

At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, a troubled kid whom Cassie has taken under her wing, has disappeared after telling people that he's going off on a long-planned adventure. Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him, and, with nothing else to do, Cassie agrees - all the while hunting the truck driver. Now Cassie is a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life?

©2017 C. J. Box (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • COLDWATER, MI, United States
  • 07-27-17

Excellent

This was a fantastic book! So well written! Loved Cassie and hope to see her in another book or series!
I now have listened to all of CJ. Box's book! Five star everyone! Thank you
Joe, Nate and Cassie

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Awesome

As always CJ Box has written an exciting mystery. ,filled with surprise twists and turns. He goes about the evil things very well, but keeps the good shown in his protagonist Cassie Dual and some of the law enforcement that assist her in tracking down killer's. The evil one Lizard King has been around too long, in his previous books, so I'm glad this is the last of him. The narration by Christina Delaine was excellent, she does male and female interpretations beautifully. I look forward to hear more of her narration. Looking forward to more CJ Boxes's novels. I'm a fan. Janice

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Nice! A female protagonist!

I liked the cast of characters in this story. I liked the plot--mostly. It was a little bit too coincidental, but that's C. J. Box. You buckle up and go along for the ride.

I'd like to give it more than 4 stars, but I can't quite get to 5. I'd definitely read more about Cassie, but there's something lacking in the character development. I came away with a better sense of Bull than I did Cassie. Of course, Bull hits right in that sweet spot that Mr. Box does so well.

Cassie is a departure for him. For a first effort, it wasn't bad. Solid B+. He still has a ways to go to effortlessly describe a female character. I think he could benefit from reading some female authors (oh, the horror!) like Karin Slaughter. She absolutely nails that female, career cop character with Amanda.

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Not a good one for Box

So bad in light of all the good C.J. Box novels. Boring. I couldnt wait for it to be over.

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Gripping Story

Hereis the ideal audiosuspense novel. Tension starts with the first Word and is relentless throughout. Plotting expertly interweaves two story lines. Subtle and nuanced narration with expert variations appropriate to each speaker enhances and clarifies the story. Highest recommendation.

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CJ Box is fantastic!

I have listened to every single book written by him...this book was my all time favorite! Usually I limit listening to when I am walking. I listened to Paradise Valley when cooking, driving and anything else I did...Kyle & Cassie are fantastic characters!

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Quite entertaining

I really enjoyed the book as it finished off the lizard king story. Narration was quite good as well. I was sad to get to the end.

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Did Box really write this book?

Would you try another book from C. J. Box and/or Christina Delaine?

I have read all Box's books. Huge fan of his stories. But this was awful. Story was so contrived. Maybe the Delaine narration made it worse. Her character voices were terrible. Wasted a credit. Hard to believe Box wrote this book.

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love it

C.J. Box is one of my all time favorite authors. I love that his books take place in the wilderness mostly with great characters and stories that keep you coming back. This one didn't disappoint, keep them coming!!

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outstanding

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm so happy CJ Box continued Cassie's story with the Lizard King. I loved all the books in this series. This book is a must read if you have been following the story. If you are new to this series then I suggest you start at the beginning because you're sure to want to read them all.

What other book might you compare Paradise Valley to and why?

Badlands. In that book we meet Kyle Westerguard who plays an important part in both books.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't tell you without spoiling the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Raheem.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Christine Delaine is amazing. I felt like I was listening to a full cast of characters. I hope CJ Box starts a series with Kyle Westerguard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful