I just finished C.J. Box’s standalone novel, Three Weeks to Say Goodbye. Both my husband and I are fans of C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett mystery series. As soon as the newest in the series comes out, one of us picks it up. When this standalone came out, I got it and generously gave it to my DH for his birthday. (Knowing he’d tear through it and I’d get it next.)
Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is different from the Pickett series, yet holds some similarities. In both cases, the protagonist is “everyman.” Clearly, I’m not a park ranger, but when I read a Pickett book, I can identify with the life, struggles, and dreams of Joe Pickett. And like the protagonist of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, Jack McGuane, I have children and would do anything to protect them.
Jack and Melissa McGuane spent years trying to have a child before they adopted a little girl. She’s been there daughter for nine months when the birth father decides he wants her back. Unbeknownst to the McGuane’s, the birth father never agreed to the adoption or gave up his rights. The father of the birth father is a powerful judge and he wants his granddaughter - in the worst way. The McGuanes cannot give up the girl. She is their daughter. And they begin to believe that if they did, it would indeed be the worst thing that could ever happen to the little girl.
How far will Jack go to protect her? What will he do? What won’t he do? And what is the horror that awaits her if he fails?
It’s a suspense that builds and shocks. It’s a fast page-turner. And in the end, it’s satisfying. And not. I won’t give away the ending. You’ll have to read Three Weeks to Say Goodbye and tell me what you think.
6 months ago