Over decades, the Cold Creek Highway has been the final resting place to many wayward women, and the hunting grounds of at least one killer. Hailey calls Cold Creek home and has tragically lost both of her parents by the age of 17. Forced to move in with an aunt she hardly knows and an uncle she doesn't trust, she's just trying to to keep her head above water. When her shady uncle, who's also a cop, starts making demands that sound disturbingly like threats, Hailey knows she needs to get out of his house before she becomes the next body found on the Cold Creek Highway.
Beth is looking for something. What that something is, she's not quite sure. A year ago her sisters body was found in a ditch off of the Cold Creek Highway. When she arrives in town, not everyone is welcoming. Beth finds herself walking too closely to her sister's footsteps and the possibility of being the Cold Creek killer's next victim.
I just want to put a disclaimer that this book touches on some pretty heavy stuff. I will not go into any of the heavy here in my review but wanted everyone to be aware should you decide to pick up your own copy.
I guess I should preface my review with some facts. Every year thousands of people go missing in the United States alone. As of 2020 there were 543,018 open missing persons cases. It may seem like the blossoming of social media would make it harder for someone to just disappear, this book reminds you that is not the case,
The first 50 pages were such a struggle for me to get through. I was distracted and just feeling a little disconnected from the characters. I didn't really care to see where things went for Hailey in the beginning. That all changed though. The story really started to take off when Hailey remembered she was the girl her dad taught her to be. As the story developed, I became more entranced in the #whodunnit. This was a book for me that's ending was completely unexpected. Chevy Stevens wrote Dark Roads to keep you constantly guessing, all the way up until the very end.
"He wasn't a killer. He couldn't be. She knew it the moment she was the pain that came over his face when he said Hailey's name." - Beth
I would recommend this book to anyone who is into true crime, or mysteries over the age of 16. I wouldn't suggest it to those who may be triggered by addiction, murder, or rape.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Stars for Dark Roads - Because you never stop guessing!
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