Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

by C. J. Box
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Three Weeks to Say Goodbye by C. J. Box

New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box's novels have been called "red hot" (Booklist) and "edge-of-your-seat read[s]" (Omaha World-Herald). Now he delivers a novel that will steal your sleep as much as it will wrench your heart. Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is a novel about something that could be anyone's worst nightmare. . .

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call…

Angelina's birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights—and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, will use every trick in the book to make sure it happens. The McGuanes attempt to meet face-to-face with the father and son…but soon it becomes clear that there's something sinister about their motivations—and that love for Angelina is not one of them.

A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where everyone is suspect and no one is safe. Now Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child—even though time is running out…

C.J. Box has once again written a bone-chilling thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312365738
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 109,888
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

C.J. Box is the author of the bestselling, Edgar Award–winning Blue Heaven, as well as several Joe Pickett novels. His work has won him the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Gumshoe awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38. He has also been an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Open Season was a 2001 New York Times Notable Book. He lives outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his family.

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Three Weeks to Say Goodbye 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Denver Jack and Melissa McGuane were euphoric when the adoption was finally approved and baby Angelina made their family complete. They love their infant daughter, but nine months later the thirty something couple is shocked and dismayed. Julie Perala of the adoption agency informs them that Angelina¿s eighteen year old biological father Garrett, a Cherry Creek High School student, wants his daughter; he never signed the documents waiving his rights to her. His father is powerful Federal Judge John Moreland who demands his son raise his granddaughter.

Jack and Melissa love Angelina and want to do what is best for her. Thus they agree to meet father and son, but at the session, the McGuane¿s realize neither of their adopted infant¿s paternal side is interested in her welfare. They have a personal grudge agenda and little Angelina is the kickball. Worse the Judge uses his vast power, legal and otherwise, to wreck havoc on the McGuane¿s trying force them to surrender. However, the scenario is not as straightforward as the Moreland father and son insist; child porn, and murder turn the three weeks from that initial horrifying phone call into hell in Colorado and Montana where Jack¿s parents reside.

Leaving Wyoming and Joe Pickett with a breather, C.J. Box provides his fans with a great thriller starting with the premise of losing an adopted child to the biological parent. The story line is fast-paced from that opening phone call and never slows down as events spiral out of control. Fans will root for the ¿David¿ like couple to defeat the Goliath judge who has weapons on both sides of the law and uses them. With a strong support cast in both states and fully developed lead characters on both sides of the custody debate, readers will appreciate this terrific tale of suspense at its best.

Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not kidding i could not put this book down finished it in less than 24 hours. it had me from the first page. will be reading blue heaven next.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you listened to John Bedford Lloyd's narration of Box's previous novel, Blue Heaven, you know you're in for another splendid reading with Three Weeks to Say Goodbye. If you overlooked Blue Heaven, don't miss this one!

Lloyd is a gifted film and television actor who won a Publishers Weekly "Listen Up" Award for the best audios of the year, and his outstanding delivery continues. Lloyd's voice is deep, rich and his reading is perfectly paced to reflect the tension in Box's story of a young couple fighting for their only child.

Jack and Melissa McGuane are an honest, hardworking husband and wife who would very much like to start a family but have not been able to do so. Their happiness is complete when they adopt a baby girl, Angelina. Regrettably their joy is short lived when a brief nine months later they learn that due to a glitch at the adoption agency Angelina's teenage father never signed away his parental rights. Now, he wants his baby back.

The boy is worse than a ne'er-do-well, he verges on being sociopathic. Jack is determined to protect Angelina but matters become even more complicated when he learns that the boy's father is a prominent Denver judge who sides with his son. It soon becomes apparent that neither the boy nor his father want Angelina because they love the child. Their motives are much darker, so black that Angelina's life might be in danger. But how can Jack fight a wealthy man, a powerful political machine, and a deranged teenaged boy?

One more spine-tingler from Edgar Award winning C. J. Box and read by the gifted John Bedford Lloyd.

- Gail Cooke
CES_J More than 1 year ago
Simply Brilliant. Read it in about 6 hours. When I got done I just smiled at my wall and reflected on how good it was. I wish this was somehow a series.
love2readCR More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. Not at all what I expected. I have bought another one by the same author since I enjoyed this one so much.
terrylazar More than 1 year ago
I have become a great fan of C.J. Box. The plot line was excellent and I couldn't put this book down. Don't start reading this book unless you have the time to finish it. Terrific.
JoanneNJ More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book. Had no idea how it would turn out. As usual CJ Fox is a good read.
Audrianna More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book, it kept making want to finish it faster as the days and weeks were winding down before they have to give their precious little girl back. I loved the ending and everyone got what they deserved, the author made it sound like it was a true story, that I am not sure of, but overall it was an excellent read and I hight recommend it.
londieFL More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!! It's been a while since an Author has had me on the edge of my seat from begining to end. It's iconic that it's the same Author, I don't know whay it has taken me so long to read the next C J Box book. I truly loved Blue Heaven. I really hate to say it, but Mr, Box writes with such a style that would have you wanting more. He's not the type of Author that has to describe every detail to create pages, he just simply writes. I'm not a fan of his Joe Pickett boooks but I truly love his single novels. I would like to compare him to James Patterson, but I cannot. Mr. Box stands alone. He captures his audiences and keeps them to the end. His work does not become predictable or complacent. I will look forward to many more books by him.
kf40 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The plot is exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters were very well written as well and made you think what you might do in their situation. The plot gets more dramatic as it unfolds and overall was a great book.
DebsSweet More than 1 year ago
I certainly can't say that about most books -- this one was WONDERFUL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and there are few books I would recommend: this is one I recommend. I like the author and have read a few of his books.
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Phamily31 More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at our local library under the "free books" sections and was drawn in by the description from the back. As soon as I got home I started reading it. I was done in 2 days.. I would have been done sooner if I wasn't  in between finals & handling 2 kids.  This was also my first C.J. Box book & now I'm hooked. I've read Blue Heaven as well! Great reads!
susanneleist More than 1 year ago
The book is well written. The characters are three dimensional and likeable. The plot keeps a quick pace. I am able identify with the couple, who have three weeks to say goodbye to their adopted daughter. I haven't adopted but I have daughters. This might be the reason why the book depressed me. The book has too many deaths that are uncalled for. Jack makes a lot of bad decisions that others have to pay for. He loses all self-control and cares only about keeping his daughter at whatever expense. I don't believe that most people would go to such extreme lengths and depths of violence to save their child.
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Just read it and see!!!
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A little different read from Joe Pickett novels but worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next and kept me going in unexpected directions! Great read and it was my first read by this author, but I will defintely be in search of more of this authors books.
tiggerdlw More than 1 year ago
This book was really good in C.J. Box fashion! Even if you haven't read any of his books before, you would love this one. It is a stand-alone, so, you don't have to read a series to know what is going on. A good read!
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