Review: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box
John Bedford Lloyd (Narrator)
Audiobook, Duration: 11:34:34
Published 2008 by Macmillan Audio
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.

Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.

Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.

Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

My thoughts…

This is my first book by C.J. Box, Blue Heaven was selected by my library book club for the month of October. I’m happy that I listened to this on audio, I’m positive if I was reading it in print I would have skimmed quite a bit. The author provided an exhaustive background of each of the characters and to be honest, some of the characters I could have cared less about them.

Twelve-year-old Annie Taylor is angry with her mother, especially when her boyfriend Tom, appears at breakfast, just like he would if he lived there. To win over her 10-year-old brother, William, Tom promised to take him fishing. When Tom doesn’t keep his promise, Annie decides to take her brother fishing instead. While working their way through the woods they come upon and witness a group of four men who are in the process of killing another man. They are spotted by the murderers and end up running for their lives, they barely escape. Fortunately, Annie and William found a place to hide until they can figure out what to do.

The children end up on a ranch owned by Jess Rawlins. Jess discovers the children hiding in his barn and once he hears their story of the murder he immediately protects them. He keeps them hidden until her can find out more information about what the children are telling him.

Jess soon discovers that a group of corrupt LA police officers were involved in a robbery and murder at the Santa Anita racetrack. The group has retired to Idaho and have been laundering the stolen money at the local bank. Once the kids are reported missing, the four officers volunteer to help the local sheriff organize the search for the children. They basically take over the search and they want Annie and William found and dead before they have a chance to tell what they witnessed in the woods. The story picks up when the murderous officers realize that Jess has the children in his care.

I have to say that I was a bit surprised, angry and disappointed by the ending of Blue Heaven. The entire story was very detailed, the ending felt like there was no closure. It wasn’t an ending I was expecting.

Happy Reading -J    


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