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Hoe ver zou je gaan om je geliefden te beschermen? Jack en Melissa McGuane hebben jaren geprobeerd een baby te krijgen. Eindelijk komt hun droom uit met de adoptie van hun dochter Angelina. Maar negen maanden nadat ze haar thuis hebben gebracht, krijgen ze een telefoontje van het adoptiebureau: Angelina’s biologische vader, een tiener, heeft nooit afstand gedaan van zijn o ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by The House of Books (first published 2008)
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Melinda
Aug 31, 2013 Melinda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wall-of-shame
Oh, lord. The plot was predictable, the whole thing was so cliche it made me want to throw it out the window. The writing was terrible. The characters nothing more than stereotypes. You have an evil super powerful judge and his sociopathic gangster son, the beloved gay best friend of the family, the loyal family dog (guess what happens there), the burned out alcoholic cop friend, the very moral but sexy beautiful wife who is a saint of a mother, Uncle Jeter the big hearted thug who will pound yo ...more
LJ
THREE WEEKS TO SAY GOODBYE (Thriller-Jack and Melissa McGuane-CO-Cont) - Poor
Box, C.J. – Standalone
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312365721

First Sentence: It was Saturday morning, November 3, and the first thing I noticed when I entered my office was that my telephone message light was blinking.

Jack and Melissa McGuane finally have the child they longed for having adopted Angelina nine months ago. Their dream has become a nightmare as they are told the baby’s father never
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Jenn
May 07, 2009 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Michael
Jack and Melissa McGuane experience every adoption family's worst nightmare when just their nearly nine-month-old daughter is about to be declared legally their child, the birth father shows up and demands her back. Seems that his father, a powerful federal circuit court judge wants to teach the young man a lesson about responsibility. Or so he says upon first meeting the McGuanes and giving them a three week deadline to turn over Angelina to them. (He will, of course, compensate them for the co ...more
Hildigunnur
Fast-paced and exciting but somewhat unlikely characters and the final scene highly unlikely - also the English was lacking in places. Also it really annoys me when people write about babies or toddlers without ever having met one or done any research - as here we have a walking talking nine month old... However I finished it in a day so that's something.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I so wanted to like this book more. I think if the characters were fleshed out a bit more it would be a wonderful book. It was not at all believable but I didn't care about that part. I mean it's a story. :)
Darcy
Dec 07, 2009 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, mystery
This book sucked me in from the start as I thought the main story was just heartbreaking. I did admire how Jack and Melissa handled things by trying to take the better road. It did bother me a little how they were written at first to seem perfect, so when the cracks appeared I liked how they seemed more real.

I also liked how they pulled in their friends to help them out. It seemed like there was a lot of history between all 3 men and Melissa melded in great with them. I also loved how they were
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Louise
This is the first novel I've read by this author and it wasn't bad. I read it in one afternoon as it kept me glued to my seat.

How would you feel after adopting a baby and finding out nine months later that you had to relenquish your parental rights to the child back to the birth father? That's exactly what happened to Jack and Melissa McGuane when they were notified the birth father had never signed the adoption papers!

Worse yet, the adopted child is the granddaughter of a prominent Supreme Cour
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Mark Soone
While this was a pretty good read, it is certainly not IMHO among Box's best work. Three stars says it all pretty good but not great.

The premise was a cool one....a young family with an adopted daughter recieves news that the birth father has not relinquished parental rights and is ready to procure custody of his child. About a 3rd of the way through the book the story line goes into a complete different direction with a alleged pedophile in court and a Federal Judge (The grandfather of the boy
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Simone
Jan 27, 2013 Simone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
It’s all too much.

A couple discovers they have to give up their adopted baby because the birth father did not sign away his parental rights. Interesting premise. Then it all falls apart.

Don’t worry, no spoilers here: The birth father turns out to be a teenager – but not any kind of teenager; a dark brooding teenager. But not any kind of dark brooding teenager; a dark brooding teenager who doesn’t “get along with dogs”, has a suspicious past, has gang ties and is the son of a judge. But not any k
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Lise
Jul 01, 2013 Lise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With apologies to C. J. Box, I have another 4 star review for this thriller. I love handing out 5 stars, and this book was a nail-biter. I actually had to stop reading at one point to get more tissues. The electrifying story builds in suspense until you almost can't stand it. What happens when infertile young parents adopt a beautiful baby girl from a young mother, only to have the sociopathic father of the baby appear. And refuse to sign the adoption release. And his father, an influential judg ...more
Erin
May 05, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-suspense
I'd probably bump this up to 2.5 stars, but this book just didn't work for me. I loved Blue Heaven, and i think I was expecting something similar. I think authors make their antagonists more interesting when they have realistic (but flawed or bad) motives. The cops in Blue Heaven were bad guys, but bad guys that grew cold and cynical and ugly over the years. The bad guys in Three Weeks were just...evil. Evil for no particular reason except that they were, I don't know, born that way? And that ma ...more
Leandra Ford
The book was recommended to me and the description seemed interesting. Unfortunately it was very predictable and I felt that the plot was off to a good start but then it fizzled and I was left wanting more. It's easy to read in a weekend.
Jennifer Stehn
Why did I read this?! Box is committed to plot and pace - not the wonder and intricacies of language or the huge complexities possible in characterization - just pacy plot. And I suppose sometimes, that's what you need to read.
Julie
Jan 15, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book based on the description, but it was just too far fetched for me. Maybe if the author had built a bond between the child and parents, I could have felt sorry for them. But the decisions they made are just unbelievable. Not sure the Uncle Jeter storyline was necessary. Again unbelievable. Since when are private citizens allowed to accompany police officers (even if they are personal friends) on interrogations and SWAT team missions? Oh, and carry a gun to shoot a ...more
Glenn
This is Box's second non-Joe Pickett series novel. It doesn't matter, he knows how to present characters and plotlines that suck the reader in quickly and how to depict tension around good vs. bad, even if the story is not centered around the recurring characters in most of Box's novels. I enjoyed it very much.
Linda Boyd
Jack and Melissa adopt a baby girl only to find out weeks before the adoption is finalized that the birth father, who happens to be a teen never signed off on the papers to give up is rights to the baby. Jerrod, the birth father is not really interested in keeping this baby, but his father, a judge in Denver, decides that Jerrod needs to be responsible and take care of the baby. Jack and Melissa are given 3 weeks to say goodbye to Angelina by Jerrod's dad, of course they don't want to give this ...more
Bonnye Reed
C. J. Box has me spoiled. I expected Joe Pickett, and was at first a little disappointed. It did not take him long to hook me, however, into this tale of the McGuane family who after nine months of being blessed with their adopted daughter Angelina find they will have to give her up to her teenaged father, who never signed away his parental rights. Heart breaking, but almost impossible when they get to know the boy and his father, a well placed, well to do Judge who wants the child for all the w ...more
Kittykorn
This is a very very good book had me hooked from the beginning.
Jill
Apr 17, 2012 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author and I read it quite quickly on holiday. It did keep me hooked but I was disappointed with the story being so far fetched. The idea had me interested but I thought it would have been a more emotional description of what the couple went through rather than far fetched situation they ended up in. I did enjoy it and it was appropriate for what I wanted it for. A quick read, didn't need to give it much thought and had a good enough build up to the end ...more
Dale
Dec 16, 2014 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thriller that totally sucked me right in even though I knew I was being manipulated.

Published in 2008 by Minotaur Books

C.J. Box goes right for the blatantly obvious emotional heartstrings in Three Weeks to Say Goodbye , a thriller that totally sucked me right in even though I knew I was being manipulated.

Jack and Melissa McGuane are the proud and loving parents of a nine month old baby girl that they adopted at birth. Everything is going well even though their budget is stretched and Jack's t
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Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After years of trying for a child, Jack and Melissa McGuane adopted a beautiful baby girl. Nine months later, a call from the adoption agency plunges them into every parent's worst nightmare: the father never signed away his parental rights, and now he wants his daughter back.The biological father is a sullen eighteen-year-old with gangland connections, and, even worse, is the son of a well-connected federal judge who is prepared to use the full weight of his influence to get what he wants. Toge

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Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
This book was fantastic. It had my attention from page one. The characters are lovable and you are easily drawn into their dilemma. Imagine someone coming to take your child away in three weeks! Wow!
There were parts where I wanted to cry and parts I just got mad about.This is a very quick read and I'm glad I found it. I'll be reading more by CJ Box!
Theresa Schmidt
Jan 01, 2016 Theresa Schmidt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More like 1/2 a star; this was just bad. First, it's extremely easy to figure out the plot line and what's going on. Secondly, and probably what I hated most, is the fact that the difference between the "bad" guys and the "good" guys grows really small when the "good" guys start turning to violence, drinking and flat-out lies to solve the problem. The relationship between the main characters is very flimsy; their relationship and communication falls apart almost immediately, which is disappointi ...more
Robyn Smith
CJ Box racks up the suspense in this story of an American couple, unable to have their own baby and having succeeded at last in adopting a little girl, Angelina. However, the adoption agency tells them that, unfortunately, the birth father never waived his right to his baby and he wants him back. To reinforce this surprising decision, he gets the support of his father, a local judge who is a powerful figure in the town.
Worried and somewhat suspicious, the McGuanes invite the judge and his son to
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Debbi
Dec 02, 2015 Debbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another great book by CJ Box! Great suspense and story line.

"After years of trying to have a baby, Jack and Melissa's dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter Angelina. But a phone call that comes nine months after the adoption is unexpected and devastating. The birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights. And his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility. It is immediately apparent that there's something sinister about both of
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Betsy
Oct 03, 2013 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Weeks to Say Goodbye was my introduction to the author, C. J. Box. I was not disappointed. I loved his writing style. His characters were well described and likeable. The plot was excellent. I will be reading more of his books in the future. 4 stars
Kelley
Jan 20, 2010 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I love his books, nail biting suspense, bad guys you just hate, and this one took place in Denver which made it interesting to read about events taking place at places you have been or know about, or even worked right by.
Matt
Mar 11, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.J.Box was an unknown author to me - before I noticed this book, that seemed to be staring at me from a charity shop shelf. I am now going to purchase every book in his Joe Pickett series. C.J.Box has such a gift at creating and delivering a story. I could not stop thinking about: Jack, Melissa, Angelina, Cody, Brian - just about every character in the book. The way C.J.Box slowly-but-surely creates and explains the menace and evilness of the wicked: Judge Moreland and his son Garrett, is simpl ...more
Yara Kfouri
I would give this book a 2.5. The story had so much untapped potential. It could have been a war between two families that genuinely love a little girl. As a reader, you would be torn because you understand both of their positions, and you know their hearts are in the right place. This is what I was hoping for, a moral dilemma. The book lacked all of this. With black or white characters, the plot lacked depth. This to me was a major weak point. Also, Jack was unbearable at times. I found myself ...more
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He's also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dub ...more
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