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This is the first time I have listened to anything by CJ Box and I was pleasantly surprised. When a cache of former LA cops enters the Idaho valley, nothing seems amiss at first glance. But then Annie and William witness a murder and things change dramatically. Nothing is as it seems, which not only poses problems for the children, but for everyone in the town. At this point, trust becomes an unlying theme at nearly every turn. Cleverly evading both the killers and subsequent town-wide search volunteers, the children happen upon a barn owned by Jess, a long-time rancher who is having problems of his own. From there the book is not so much a mystery as it is suspense, which CJ Box is able to maintain for the rest of the book. Remorse and retribution are added as elements of the human condition and the listener is further drawn into the plot asking "I wonder what I would have done?" The end is appropriately frustrating because not everyone rides off into the sunset happy. The battle of good versus evil doesn't end fairly although the listener wants it to end that way. Nevertheless, it's understood that the tale accurately mimics real life which is, in its own way, satisfying.
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I bought the book because it was one of the contenders for the audible listeners award, I love mysteries and thriller - this has been pretty much the best I have listened to in a long while. It has a really interesting story line, believable characters one can get involved with. Intelligent entertainment that is also exciting with a lot of nail biting tension. Not another 'formula installment' in a long series! Quite refreshing - I keep thinking about the story. Good narration too - go buy it!
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Box again?
I prefer his Joe Pickett character
Which scene did you most enjoy?
not a lot
What character would you cut from Blue Heaven?
all of them
Any additional comments?
as I say I prefer his other books
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