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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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By Simone on 01-27-13

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.

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By Kris on 11-08-15

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.

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