The Highway

The Highway

Large Print - 2013
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When 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 hear from them. The girls - and their car - simply vanish. Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and fallen off the wagon. Convinced by his son, who the girls were coming to visit, and his former rookie partner Cassie Dewell, he sets out for the girls' last known location.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781410460486
1410460487
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Box
Characteristics: 541 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm.

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Cheryl_in_IT Jun 17, 2019

The Highway is (primarily) about a long haul truck driver/serial killer, and we listened on a road trip to Ohio. As the novel got rolling, I was staring up at every semi we passed with a new perspective! The reality of the story was underlined by a wall covered in missing person posters, all teen/early 20's girls, in a Nebraska gas station. It didn't help to google "long haul trucker serial killer" along the way...

The Cassie Dewall series seems darker and grittier than the other C.J. Box books - I'm not sure exactly why. It may be that the murders/murder scenarios are darker. It seem like the Joe Pickett series, there's usually a reason - someone got shoved off their land, someone's mad about losing out, someone's covering up another crime, etc. In this book, it seems like Box is exploring more of the predatory, dark side of human nature.

If you're road tripping and decide to traumatize yourself with The Highway, make sure you check out Badlands, as well, since certain elements of this book don't wrap up by the end. That was our listen on the ride home...

Also, I love that he dedicated this book to his daughters. I thought my Dad's cautionary tales were traumatizing, but C.J. Box takes the prize on this one!

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Matthew412
Jan 13, 2019

Full of factual errors. These could have been avoided with manageable changes to the storyline . Thankfully he has improved both style and substance with his later books.

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sloanelCPL
Dec 15, 2018

A creepy story, especially if you are listening to it while driving

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denf38
Aug 27, 2018

Not "grisly" as some below proclaim. I prefer his Pickett novels but this is his second in the "King" vein, and he leaves an obvious opening for at least one more in this series. He kept me engaged and I look forward to his next tale.

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dannnn
Apr 13, 2017

At little slow in the middle but pretty good

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Eil_1
Jan 25, 2017

This is the second book I've read by Box. A disappointing twist part-way through and an unsatisfactory ending.

Djeremay Feb 11, 2014

Has to be the best C. J. Box book I've ever read! With a shocking plot twist partway thru, it was fast-paced, well-written & a complete revelation! I read it in two days, it was THAT good!!

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Komplikator
Jan 21, 2014

CJ Bix Fans - Don't bother with this one

Not only not CJ's best works, it is at the absolute bottom IMHO

Maybe it's because he is trying to get into the head of a criminal low-life rather than an LEO, or maybe he was rushed to meet a deadline. Either way the pace was horrible, there were WTF moments every couple of pages

The King trys to stay out of WA, OR and CA, yet one anchor of his circuit is Yakima WA?

What mother would let two teen age girls go on an Interstate trip - alone - without insisting that the car had a checkup first?

"She crossed her arms ove her breasts" Where else would she cross them? Behind her back?

and on, and on, and on

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Dops
Dec 23, 2013

This was the first book I read by C.J. Box, and now I am going to go get more . I thought it was a good read, finished it in two days.

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Onewhoissaved
Dec 02, 2013

Like millions of you I love the Joe Pickett novels by C.J. Box. But "The Highway" is just plain predictable and such claptrap that I have to put a thumbs down for overall review. Why does such a revered writer have to resort to another rendition of "girl kidnapped by sexual predator and has moments to live"? I do not want to read gore, sadism, and sickness of the human condition.

12/2/2013:
This is beneath the talents of C.J. Box. He Box not had the phenomenal success of the Joe Pickett series and started out with "The Highway" I would tell him to hit the highway and not read another work by him.

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