Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The Cold Creek Highway stretches close to five hundred miles through British Columbia’s rugged wilderness to the west coast. Isolated and vast, it has become a prime hunting ground for predators. For decades, young women traveling the road have gone missing. Motorists and hitchhikers, those passing through or living in one of the small towns scattered along the region, have fallen prey time and again. And no killer or abductor who has stalked the highway has ever been brought to justice.
Hailey McBride calls Cold Creek home. Her father taught her to respect nature, how to live and survive off the land, and to never travel the highway alone. Now he’s gone, leaving her a teenage orphan in the care of her aunt whose police officer husband uses his badge as a means to bully and control Hailey. Overwhelmed by grief and forbidden to work, socialize, or date, Hailey vanishes into the mountainous terrain, hoping everyone will believe she’s left town. Rumors spread that she was taken by the highway killer—who’s claimed another victim over the summer.
One year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek, where her sister Amber lived—and where she was murdered. Estranged from her parents and seeking closure, Beth takes a waitressing job at the local diner, just as Amber did, desperate to understand what happened to her and why. But Beth’s search for answers puts a target on her back—and threatens to reveal the truth behind Hailey’s disappearance…
About: Dark Roads is a mystery thriller written by Chevy Stevens. It was recently published on 8/3/2021 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, audiobook, 12 hours 2 minutes. The genres are mystery thriller, crime, Canada, and adult fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Macmillan Audio was founded in 1987 as Audio Renaissance and published its first programs in 1988. Audio Renaissance was acquired by Holtzbrinck in 2001 and changed its name to Macmillan Audio in 2007. Macmillan Audio records the best fiction and nonfiction available for both adults and children from Macmillan’s publishers, in addition to publishing original productions and titles from other publishers.” Please see below for more info about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started listening to Dark Roads on 7/28/2021 and finished it on 8/8/2021 at 2:30am. I enjoyed listening to both main characters’ narrators. They changed voices for gender, hysteria, sad, scared, etc. The story at first started slow. I was not interested in step uncle issues which took a bit of time. I liked that there was a second view. Amber’s parents were one of a kind. The story was good but I realized that no one was truly investigating the murders. Beth couldn’t really be said to investigate when she’s often high. There’s no views of the police force doing the investigations or at least that gumshoe motel owner. Beth irritated me sometimes. It’s not believable that she survived the fast water currents when she was still recovering as well as when Wolf was injured. Many people normally died from fast river currents and they usually go in without injuries.
This book started with a prologue talking about the roads where so many unsolved murders occurred. Then the story began with Hailey, 17 in 2018, woken up by her little cousin. She’s now living with her aunt, cousin, and her aunt’s second husband, Vaughn because her dad recently passed away. Hailey found out that Vaughn was a dirty cop when she found her naked pictures among others in his computer. She suspected him out cheating on her aunt and killing those missing women but couldn’t prove it. She decided to go into hiding because she no longer felt comfortable at home since there were hidden cameras in her room. Part two followed Beth, Amber’s older sister. Beth dropped out of school because she couldn’t deal with what happened with Amber and moved to the area to get closure to her. She got involved with Johnny and curious about Hailey and the dog that continued to rescue her repeatedly. There’s a part 3 and an epilogue.
Dark Roads was a thrilling audiobook, especially at part 3. The killer caught me by surprise. I definitely couldn’t guess it. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. I liked that Hailey was not a typical girl. She’s outdoorsy and able to handle a gun. The LGBT romance was super brief. I liked Beth’s determination. She doesn’t know the woods but she was not afraid to try. The story has good suspense. It hooked me in at part 2 and I was invested into the mystery. This is my first listen from the author and I’m interested in her other books! I do recommend everyone to read or listen to this book!
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Chevy Stevens lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and daughter. When she isn’t working on her next book, she’s hiking with her two dogs on her favorite mountain trails and spending time with her family. Chevy’s current obsessions are vintage Airstreams, Hollywood memoirs, all things mid-century modern, and stand-up comedians–not necessarily in that order. Her books, including Still Missing, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, have been published in more than thirty countries. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio along with NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.