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Blue Heaven: A Novel

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A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.

Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowher
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Published January 8th 2008 by Macmillan Audio (first published 2007)
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Ok, so my library is doing this thing forValentines Day called "blind date" where they wrapped up a bunch of books in pretty paper and you don't know what book you checked out til you unwrap it. I figured it's good to read random books once in a while. This was my book. The teaser said there was a plot twist and just like any blind date, this was a bit of an exaggeration. Still it was a fun read and maybe I could go as high as 4 stars but I read another book by this guy and hated it so that has, ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Emilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The poor ending more or less negates any reason I may have found to recommend this book.
Blue Heaven is a book familiar to me. It reminded me of some TV show or movie that I have watched but I couldn't name the titles. I guess because the characters seem somewhat stereotypical. An attractive 30-something single mom who doesn't have the best taste in men. Her two kids, a girl (Annie) and boy (William), could use a father in the house. The kids are smart and have an inner strength all their own. A recently elected Sheriff whose job before was a real estate agent. Good with people but ...more
Janie Johnson
Nov 17, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
I read this book with a friend for a buddy read. This is a new author for me as well. I really enjoyed this book a lot especially with no idea what the book was going to be about. I have to say that I am glad that I read it and found a new author to enjoy. This is not a mystery but a thriller as there is not a "whodunit' to the story, well not to the reader anyway.

In this book we have two kids, Annie and William, bother and sister, who witnesses a murder. They were spotted by the murderers and a
Aug 30, 2009 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books, action
I felt the author gave a true portrayal of what life is like in Idaho. The idea that Californian's should stay in California. They move to Idaho to get away from the chaos and then try to change and manipulate things to be more like California. Go figure. I also liked the fact that Box points out that Idaho is known for racists groups. Groups by the way “That we chased out of Idaho several years ago".

SIDENOTE: Racist groups whose leaders ironically came from California. (Carl Story and Vincent
Mar 27, 2009 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense fans.
Recommended to Gina by: Group Read
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May 22, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads

Twelve-year-old Annie Taylor is pretty fed up with her mother, especially when her latest boyfriend, Tom, appears at breakfast one morning, just like he belongs there. In an effort to win over her 10-year-old brother, William, Tom has promised to take him fishing. When that doesn't happen, Annie decides to take matters in her own hands. Appropriating Tom's fishing rod, she takes William on a trek into the woods so they can fish on their own. Neither of them are prepared for what happe
May 01, 2009 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Box does great characters. That's all there is to it. Here he give us bad guys, good guys, morally lazy guys, incompetent guys, annoying+ guys & gals . . . essentially all the folks you need to populate a good mystery novel. But it's the kids, Annie & William, and the old-time rancher, Rawlins, who make the book. Oh, there's a plot, of course, the mystery of just who did what and when, the worries about who will come out of it alive (that would be the thriller angle), and a few messed up ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Dorsi rated it liked it

This was an enjoyable enough read although unrealistic at times. To make a long story short, two children come up missing. They were going fishing to a remote area in the woods. A busy body postal worker offered them a ride & took them to their destination. She asked them if it was okay with their mom. When they were reported missing, she bragged & boasted that she was the last person to “see them alive.” The mother never even confronted her. If I was their mom, I would have ki
Tamora Pierce
Dec 29, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little sluggish, but still a good thriller featuring four bad cops, one good one, a tough rancher (great part for Clint Eastwood) and two courageous kids!
Dara S.
Really enjoyed this book. This is my third book by C. J. Box. He does not disappoint.
Barbara Mitchell
I raced through this novel from a few years ago, one of my finds at our book sale. Anything by C. J. Box is an automatic grab after all, and this one really had my heart pounding. It begins with two children, Annie and her younger brother William, witnessing a murder. Then one of the killers sees them and the chase is on.

The setting is a small town in Idaho that is in transition because a large number of retired cops have moved there from Los Angeles. They've brought money but even as they claim
Mar 05, 2009 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I quickly became engrossed in this book, and I found it to be very compelling. I thought that the story was original, and I enjoyed the characters. After reading this book that I thought was full of suspense, I found the ending to be disappointing. It fell flat for me, and just wasn't up to par with the rest of the book. I am interested in reading more by this author.

Twelve year old Annie and her younger brother, William, inadvertently stumble upon an execution. The killers see the children and
Aug 03, 2009 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished this one in just 3 days. It's certainly a page-turner. But, to me, it's a formulaic thriller filled with good guys & bad guys & simplistic commentary on developments in ranching country in North Idaho. Also, there were implausible developments. Most notably, after the 2 kids at the center of the story witness a murder by 3 ex-cops, they are rescued by another coconsipirator, who for some reason shields the kids from discovery, then takes them to his home & calls the guys h ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-crime
Synopsis: A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder---four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children’s fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children.

WOW! What a book! I LOVED it! First time with this autho
Apr 26, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Shelves: us-rural-crime
I enjoyed reading this thriller and give it 4 out 5 stars. It was a library book and I am counting it for Idaho in my US state challenge. This is not a traditional murder mystery, because you know who the bad guys are right at the beginning of the book. Two children, ages 12 and 10, see 3 men murder a fourth man. The killers see them and try to kill them, but they escape.
The suspense builds as the killers, ex LAPD cops, volunteer to help the local sheriff in rural northern Idaho help search for
Candy Tiley
Interesting tale with several plot lines that intertwine. A single mom who is struggling to find her way sets off a reaction from her children that leads to dire consequences for many of the town's residents. The characters are well drawn and the plot moves at a good pace.
May 13, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweeter-reads
This book reminded me a lot of the book A Simple Plan by Scott Smith (also a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton). Except the characters who have involved themselves in a bad situation, and proceed to dig themselves into a deeper and deeper hole, are not likable. Part of why "A Simple Plan" works so well is that, in spite of all the bad things they are doing, you are pulling for them to get away with it.
The guys in Blue Heaven are bad guys in every way, who will stop at absolutely
Rex Fuller
May 26, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Box defends North Idaho from the bias of those who've never been there and adds a great child-witness escape story with a superb character in the pantheon of real cowboys, Jess Rawlins. It's not part of the Joe Pickett series but just as good.
This was a good story, however, I think that the newer Joe Pickett series stories are better. His newer novels have a smoother presentation. I enjoyed the characters and the unexpected ending. It was fun to read this on a buddy read.
Trying to read like the locals, who adore Wyoming author CJ Box (who I've heard read from his own work, an experience that was truly enjoyable). This is a standalone novel set in North Idaho, in "Blue Heaven," where corrup LAPD police officers have retired and are trying to hide their past misdeeds to continue to live larger than life. Perfect audioread, with a fantastic narrator, the story moved quickly yet gave a full sense of the changes communities like this face, well-drawn and imagined cha ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This stand alone book was not one of my favorites from this author, but it was certainly readable. Two children, mad at their mom, take off for a day of fishing. But when they reach the river, they see a group of men kill another man. As luck would have it, they are spotted, and so starts the chase of finding the kids before they can tell. The children end up in the barn of Jess Rawlins, an old rancher who believes what they say. The end of the book is a stand off at the ranch. Who survives, and ...more
Annie and William witness a murder while fishing in a nearby river. As they flee from the horrible scene, they soon realize the killers have seen them and are now looking to get rid of them as well. Believing they have been rescued by a retired LAPD cop with the intention of providing help, Annie overhears him in conversation and realizes he is one of the 4 murderer's. We are then introduced to a newly retired cop who has shown up in the small town also known as Blue Heaven, and he's looking to ...more
Anirban Das
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box starts when little Annie and her brother William, while walking in the North Idaho woods stumble upon a group of four men, who they witness executing a fifth man. Immediately the siblings get spotted by the killers, and they are on the run. Later they end up on the farm of Jess Rawlins, a rancher, who is broke and whose ranch is on the verge of foreclosure. The local Sherriff, overwhelmed by the incident of missing children, accepts the help of the same four killers, who ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
What a great find! I went to the library looking for the latest book by C.J. Box, but it had just been checked out, so I grabbed this one instead. I really enjoyed it - another "all-nighter!" I was afraid, in the beginning, that it was going to be too detailed with descriptions of the surroundings; as a thriller, I wanted the author to get to the point - well, he sure did! I was hooked immediately and could not put it down. I also ended up liking his descriptions very much, but mostly, I loved t ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Nevermore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mystery
I didn't enjoy this as much as A Cold Dish but it intrigues me that both authors are new to me. I generally tend to read a new author's entire works upon discovery but at times this leads to overdosing and I get sick of them so I have decided to hold off and wait until next week before trying another one. As always, with an audiobook, the narrator counts and this one was not bad. It is kind of hard to lose when your main characters are little kids and likeable ones at that. A regular hand of ste ...more
Joyce Lagow
Feb 05, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Heaven[return]C.J. Box[return][return]12 year old Annie Taylor along with her younger brother William have taken off from their home in Kootenai Bay, Idaho, to go on a fishing; because they re angry with their mother, Monica, they don t tell her of their impromptu expedition. But they inadvertently witness three men brutally murdering a fourth; worse, the killers see them. Annie and Wlliam run, pursued and shot at by the murderers. Eventually, they hide in the barn of Jess Rawlins, a 63 yea ...more
Deana M
Aug 06, 2013 Deana M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mother that makes a bad decision. Children that witness a murder. Retired, dirty LA cops. These three factors make up the plot for "Blue Heaven". This is my third book I've read by C.J. Box and it is my favorite so far. When two children witness the brutal murder of a man, their lives are put in grave danger because the murderers saw the children in the woods and knew they saw everything; they have to get rid of witnesses. From that point on, the children try to find safety. When they realize ...more
Tom Carrico
Blue Heaven
By C. J. Box

C. J. Box is known for his series of novels set in Wyoming and featuring game warden Joe Pickett. These are noteworthy for their description of the rugged modern West and are highly entertaining. Blue Heaven is a departure from this series and is a stand-alone mystery. The setting is in an area of Northern Idaho where retired Los Angeles police officers have relocated in large numbers (hence the name “Blue Heaven”).

The plot is a bit convoluted and is really three plots
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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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