I can't believe how weak it is. Leave the audience stunned so they would skim over the horrible. I loved both characters. I enjoyed Back of Beyond (Hoyt #1) and assumed Hoyt would grow with the books. I wondered why Box would choose such a subject as serial killers, except that there is always something to … Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Obviously it gets more involved than that, but the premise is just as frightening as it sounds. and quit. I understand that CJ Box is a popular writer, but after reading his latest book, The Highway, I am left with two questions: Does he always people his books with such unlikeable characters? One thing for sure this writer knows how to entertain his readers and this thriller about serial killers operating on a stretch of highway in Montana felt authentic and kept me gripped the whole way through. As the blurb states the book follows two sister Gracie and Danielle Sullivan who set out from their mother’s home in Denver to celebrate Thanksgiving with their father. I'm drawn to novels that take place in the West or Midwest due to the sense of wide-open space, loneliness, and foreboding those areas can evoke. Neither The Highway, nor its predecessor Back of Beyond, have enough light moments to alleviate the oppressive evil and darkness permeating both novels. Sometime in the last 6 months, I've read over half of his books- cowboys notwithstanding. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The last C.J. She was fairly new in the job, and her success in the role seemed to be explained by her getting angry. Find books by time period, setting & theme, Read-alike suggestions by book and author. Danielle's boyfriend, Justin Hoyt, is not looking forward to the unexpected visit from the sisters--he has wanted to break up with Danielle for some time. Author Then I realized that I enjoyed CJ Box's writing and his characters. She told me to read this book. It is that, but I must admit it scared the heck out of me. Cody aware that many young women have been vanishing in the region enlists Cassie to help him find the girls and the man he believes to be the kidnapper. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Onto the next in this series! I would give this 5 stars except I have issues with the Beartooth Highway being a central part of the story. Having finally begun to actually like Cody Hoyt, I was a bit disappointed because he meets a gruesome demise in this novel. Major BS! Combining that character, named Ronald Pergram's in the novel, with one inspired by real life policemen who have been caught as serial killers, along with integrating teenage girl characters from Back of Beyond, lays the foundation for the new hero of Box's "stand alone" novels: Cassie Dewell. This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. This book takes place in November. She read it in the hardback format. The girls―and their car―simply vanish. Box has it. Her long-suffering younger sister, Gracie, is along for the ride. Box was all about. "And so the countdown begins. No fair pausing your read through it. Even if the plot twist hadn't happened, this book still left a bad taste. C. J. This reads like a bad screenplay. St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (July 1, 2014), One hero fades, another emerges in this gruesome tale, Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2017. Information at BookBrowse.com is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent. The issue of sex slavery in long haul trucking is an interesting one, but this book left me feeling like I'd mostly been privy to very unsavory male fantasies: young women, probably virgins, captured and held (in their underwear, of course) for whatever kind of sex a guy can imagine and for as long as he wants. CJ Box summarized The Highway as "a serial killer long-haul trucker." Stuff like this bothers me. Danielle Sullivan is eighteen and thinks she is a world unto herself, and the rest of humanity spins in her orbit. After I finished this book I felt like I needed a shower. After reading 'Blue Heaven' I downloaded this book and the CJ Box omnibus and sad to say I have now finished them all in one Bank Holiday weekend reading frenzy. A storyline/plot which takes you in many directions, but in a bad way, as if the writer himself had lost control. Cody Hoyt's skill as an investigator is equaled by his reckless, unconventional nature. I don’t do spoilers but this had one intense moment that floored me! This book takes place in November. Having lost his wife and son once due to his wild, alcohol-fueled behavior, the last several years of sobriety granted him a reunion with his family. The Highway I just quit listening to- not sure if it was the c, I agree - I listened to Back of Beyond on CD in my car & looked forward to it everyday. It's like he talked to a couple of locals, drove around a bit and called it a day. Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety. Search: C. J. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Nevertheless, this is a good thriller and very enjoyable, albeit with a very disturbing storyline that is all too possible in a vast country and many people who can disappear without ever really being missed. The Highway I just quit listening to- not sure if it was the creepy truck driver, the re-emergence of the same two sisters, or the predictability of the whole thing but I just couldn't get into it, Could not agree with you more, Kathleen. – USA TodayWhen two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them again. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This is a great story with a shocker of all shockers in the middle. Please try again. It deals with some disturbing subjects without being overly graphic. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Neither The Highway, nor its predecessor Back of Beyond, have enough light moments to alleviate the oppressive evil and darkness permeating both novels. "The Highway" involves two young sisters driving from Montana to their father's house in Omaha for Thanksgiving. Jul 2013 There is an element of excitement here or I would not have even given it two stars but I was really disappointed by this effort. Click here and be the first to review this book! I look forward to learning more about Dewell in the next novel. I will read the next Joe Pickett book with my fingers crossed. It was not until the paperback copy was released that I remembered my friend telling me about this book. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Reviews | This book scared me so much I wouldnt walk across the lot unless my husband accompanied me. I always hate to give any book less than a three, because if I was able to finish it how bad could it be, right? Cassie is flawed but strong, and I would happily read more books with her as the lead.As a bonus, CJ Box excells at decribing the breathtaking scenery where his stories take place. Enter to win Marilynne Robinson's latest novel in her classic series. Did the author get tired of the character? The novels have been translated into 27 languages. All rights reserved. As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren't the first girls who have disappeared in this area. I've read far better comic books. Disclaimer: I received a free advanced readers' copy of this book, though I like would have bought the book simply on the strength of CJ Box being the author, as I'm a huge Joe Pickett fan and I enjoyed the first Cody Hoyt book, "Back of Beyond". - Library Journal CJ Box fans; those who like dark mysteries and/or remote settings. I loved the Joe Pickett novels. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2014. It bothered me enough that the rest of the story left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth throughout the rest of it. Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety. Ugly stuff, no character development, totally predictable plot. He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum as well as the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel by the Western Writers of America in 2017. Wow! It seemed that her being a novelty in her work setting was all the character development on offer. I couldn't wait for the end because I couldn't take much more. On a long, dark, lonesome stretch of Montana highway, they encounter a long-haul trucker for whom road rage is an appetizer, warming him up for the murderous, maniacal main course.
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