About The Book:
The acclaimed and beloved author of Still Missing is back with her most breathtaking thriller yet.
For decades, people have been warned about the Cold Creek Highway. Hitchhikers have vanished along it over the years, and women have been known to have their cars break down… and never be seen again. When Hailey McBride decides to run away from an unbearable living situation, she thinks that her outdoor skills will help her disappear into the Cold Creek wilderness, and she counts on people thinking that she was the victim of the killer.
One year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the victims of the highway, but it might as well be one week for the amount of pain that Beth is still dealing with after her sister, Amber, was murdered the previous summer. Beth has quit university, is lying to her parents, and popping pills like Tic Tacs. Maybe this will finally bring her peace.
When she gets a job at a local diner where Amber once worked, she connects with people who knew her sister. Beth wants to find who killed her sister and put her own life back together, but as she gets closer to the truth, she learns that there is more than one person lying in Cold Creek.
This was my first book by Chevy Stevens and I’m glad to add her to my list of thriller authors to follow. Dark Roads is a novel loosely based on the Highway of Tears in Canada. Since the 1970’s, many women, including First Nations women, have either been last seen or found murdered on that tear-filled highway. The fictional Canadian town of Cold Creek where the story victims lived is not a place to move to, but a town to run from.
I could hardly put this book down for roughly the first forty per cent of the story. It offers a fantastic read about a strong and relatable heroine named Hailey, a sexy hero, a villain worth hating, a dog we’d all like to adopt, and suspense to spare. There’s also lyrical writing so touching I highlighted certain paragraphs.
But then–the incredible read about Hailey that had me hooked–abruptly switched to an entirely new story about a woman named Beth. Although it turns out that Hailey and Beth are connected by the town of Cold Creek and its characters, I felt like I was reading an entirely different book. The contrast is jarring, and Beth is not as easy to like as Hailey. Her reckless behavior in a dangerous town had me shaking my head in dismay like a worried mother. Fortunately, as the story continued and the characters merged, all was well. The ending, too, was satisfying and seemed just right.
I was happy to read Dark Roads and found it compelling and thought-provoking. A recommended read. Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing an ARC to read and review for my honest opinion.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3932168486