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  • Kept me on the edge of my seat!

    Seventeen-year-old Hailey must move in with her Aunt Lana and her police officer husband, Vaughn when her father dies in a car accident. Vaughn is well known and widely disliked in the town of Cold Creek as he uses his position as a police officer to bully and control. Hailey had the barrier of her father before his death, but that protection goes away now that he’s gone. The problems between Hailey and Vaughn are immediate, and just like her I’d have been counting the days until I turned eighteen! Vaughn infuriated me! I can’t stand it when men go into policing because they crave power over others, but Vaugh was worse. Every time Hailey thinks of a way around his rules, to grab some independence he’s there to screw things up. It soon becomes apparent that he’s not just a control freak, male chauvinist, but he’s a dangerous man. Anyone stepping in to help Hailey risks his rath as well, so she decides to disappear until she’s of legal age. While this is playing out, the mystery of missing and murdered women on the Cold Creek Highway becomes the central focus when another local woman, Amber, is found murdered. It’s speculated that Hailey’s own disappearance might be at the hands of the Cold Creek murderer, as well. The murder of her sister, Amber, hits Beth hard, derailing her life plans. She travels to Cold Creek to find some closure and ends up staying to find out what happened to Amber, putting Beth in danger. She’s overcome by grief and sort of directionless, and at this point isn’t super concerned about safety. I was more than a little worried for her. Thankfully, she’s got a couple of people looking out for her. I was happy there was a bit of romance for Beth even though this story is mainly a mystery/thriller. I started Dark Roads on the way back from vacation, and I couldn’t stop the story when I got home! I was on the edge of my seat guessing about what would happen next and wondering how it’d all turn out. It was a nail biter at times! I wanted justice for all these poor women, and I wanted Hailey to prevail! I was pleased to be surprised at the identity of the killer, but also happy that it didn’t completely come out of left field. I was excited to get an audio copy because I’m already a fan of the performers. I love both Angela Dawe and Brittany Pressley’s narration, and each performed a main role: Beth and Hailey respectively. Isabella Star LeBlanc is a new to me narrator, but she had a lovely voice. I think she performed the prologue and epilogue, each leaving a lasting impression. The audio version is a total recommend!

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  • One of the best of 2021

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own, and any quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. 17-yead old Hailey's world upends when her father dies suddenly, and she is forced to live with her aunt and her controlling and passively aggressive abusive uncle. Discovering a secret, Hailey turns to the woods to hide in rather than living with her uncle. While hiding, another female, Amber, is killed, and Beth arrives to find out who killed her sister Amber. Her searching puts Hailey's hiding in jeopardy of being exposed. This is the first novel by Chevy Stevens I read. Her ability to vividly build the town and her word choices made this a suspenseful, thrilling story. The story grabs you immediately and never lets you go. She creates likable characters who live in a messed-up situation. Having three narrators, Angela Dawe, Brittany Pressley, Isabella Star LaBlanc, helps the story flow. They are not simply reading lines; they bring the characters to life and add another layer to Stevens's already suspenseful work. Knowing Stevens based the fictional Cold Creek Highway on the real Highway of Tears in British Columbia which consists of hundreds of miles of desolate highway where too many women have gone missing over the years, added to the overall feeling of dread surrounding the story. This 200-word review will be published on Philomathinphila.

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  • Excellent on Audio

    I've been a big Chevy Stevens fan since reading Still Missing a few years ago. This latest book definitely did not disappoint. Like all of her books, it's dark and twisty, entertaining and thought-provoking. At the heart of it are two young women who have a third in common. Hailey is a native of the Cold Creek area. Beth's sister, Amber, was one of many young women murdered in the area in recent years, all murders that have gone unsolved. Beth moves there to get a sense of the area and what may have happened to her sister there. Hailey is a teen who had befriended and admired Amber, and has struggled since the murder of Amber and the death of her beloved father. Through it all we aren't quite sure who the actual villain(s) may be, and the tension is well-drawn-out, as it as been with all her books. All in all, well done. As usual. The narration by the 3 narrators was excellent as well. Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

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