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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author C.J. Box's novels have been called "red hot", "edge-of-your-seat read[s]," and "unforgettable, powerful." Now he delivers a novel that will steal your sleep as much as it will wrench your heart. It's a novel about something that could be anyone's worst nightmare. . . .

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina's birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens.

When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that there's something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.

As Angelina's safety hangs in the balance, Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child. A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where absolutely no one is safe. How far would you go to save someone you love?

©2008 C.J. Box (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Spiralling Out Of Control

It’s all too much.

A couple discovers they have to give up their adopted baby because the birth father did not sign away his parental rights. Interesting premise. Then it all falls apart.

Don’t worry, no spoilers here: The birth father turns out to be a teenager – but not any kind of teenager; a dark brooding teenager. But not any kind of dark brooding teenager; a dark brooding teenager who doesn’t “get along with dogs”, has a suspicious past, has gang ties and is the son of a judge. But not any kind of judge; a super powerful Federal judge. But not any kind of super powerful Federal judge; a sinister super powerful Federal judge with secrets to hide…

The psycho-teen taunts and spooks the family with his strange behaviours, warning them that they had to “keep him happy” or he won’t sign the papers saying things like “I own you now”…

So, the parents decide to “do everything they can to save their child”, start their own investigation and high octane action ensues, twists and turns and murders and intrigue and double crosses…ARGH! ENOUGH! it was just too over-the-top for me.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Missing Joe Pickett

The plot was a little hard to swallow. The excess violence was a distraction from the story. Seeing the "good guys" cross the line so many times was disheartening. Sometimes gritty realism is hard to take.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not Saying Goodbye

Loving all of C.J. Box's series about Joe Pickett I did not know what to expect with this stand alone. Well, I loved it and could not stop listening to it. I have added John Bedford Lloyd to favorite narrrator status for myself.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jt
  • casper, WY, United States
  • 12-07-11

Another excellent C.J Book

Ive read most of Boxes books and they are all really good. He is true to form on this one. Very exciting. I think a little slower pacec than his Joe Joe Pickitt novels but he is also tackling a little more serious and issue. Solid suspens novel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't stop listening.

As soon as I figured out the story, I didn't want to listen to it, knowing that the subject matter would break my heart. But, I couldn't stop, and the story didn't disappoint. This book was riveting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Violent

When Jack and Melissa adopt Angelina, they feel their lives have been completed until one Saturday morning Jack receives a strange call from the adoption agency. It seems the birth father didn't sign the papers after all and he's the son of a high ranking, sitting Federal judge. Their lives turn upsidedown and Jack, with his friends Brian and Cody attempt to get Garrett to sign the papers or find "something" on the judge to prevent them from taking Angelina away. The book touches on some of the problems in the US adoption laws, which can be devastating for some adoptive parents, as the book shows. But CJ Box throws in a mystery and Angelina is in the center of all of it. As the plot unravels, the book becomes very violent. A lot of killing goes on. Bodies are hidden and never found. Jack also engages in some of the violence and the listener finds that to fall outside of his character. So it becomes confusing and you never decide if a man that could get as involved in the violence as Jack does should even have a child. But yet you're not sure if he's just caught up in it or not. I think the problem here is that CJ Box doesn't accurately protray the parental bonding between Jack and Angelina which is the vehicle by which we are to excuse his actions. That part is not well done. There is a lot of action. The plot keeps moving and has twists and turns. There is sufficient information so that the reader can solve the mystery and if you pay attention, you can solve it just past the halfway point and watch to see if the characters come up with it. The reader is very good and I was impressed with his range of voices since there are a lot of characters. As with other Box novels, the ending is not laden with fairy tale drippings. Even the good characters suffer consequences. The violence, however, is overdone.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • Peru, IL, United States
  • 06-27-12

C.J. Box what did you do???O

Would you try another book from C. J. Box and/or John Bedford Lloyd?

I will only read a Joe Pickett book, apparently C.J. Box can only create a sympathetic/lovable character in the Joe Pickett character.

Any additional comments?

I would rather go to the dentist than to listen to this book again.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A struggle to the end.

I wish there was a minus one star rating, which is more appropriate for this book. Naive, unbelievable characters doing silly things with a slow moving, frustrating plot. I tried to make it to the end, but struggled.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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a great book that kept me guessing

I enjoyed it from start to finish. I would recommend this book. the reader and the author performed well it was very easy to get into the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Beyond perfection

The publisher's review was accurate to a point, but did not come close to describing the complex story and suspense of this novel. Wow!