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Three Weeks To Say Goodbye (Cody Hoyt #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  5,135 Ratings  ·  537 Reviews
Мечтите на Джак и Мелиса Макгуейн да имат семейство най-после се сбъдват, след като осиновяват малката Анджелина. Девет месеца по-късно обаче едно телефонно обаждане разтърсва щастливия им живот. Биологичният баща на Анджелина – Гарет, не е подписал документите за осиновяване и иска да си я вземе обратно. Джак и Мелиса осъзнават, че ги чака тежка битка, когато научават, че ...more
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Published (first published 2008)
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Aug 21, 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
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
Apr 27, 2009 Jenn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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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.
Mar 24, 2017 Lorrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book by this author read at the suggestion of GR friend. Very good!! Will read more. Baby Angelina daughter of Melissa & Jack was so moving. I hope there's a sequel.
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
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. :)
Mar 19, 2017 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably more 3.5 stars. I did like this book, the subject of it though is hard to read without getting very angry and worked up. I spent most of the book feeling tense and hoping that my guesswork would be incorrect.
I will be looking for more by this author
Dec 18, 2009 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
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
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
Dec 06, 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
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
Oct 29, 2012 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
Jan 02, 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
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
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
Joe Imhoff
Lots of good suspense.

This book was definitely a page turner. The first two chapters were a little hard to get through because the essence of the first two chapters is established on the second page. Then there's a lot of settling into the main characters life. The main character is by far the least interesting of people in the book, in my opinion, so settling in isn't terribly fun. But once you're past that the book takes you for a ride.
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!
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.
Apr 30, 2009 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.
Was a lot of this story predictable? Yes, but it also kept you reading. After I was over being mad at the first 2 chapters and a character that did ridiculous things, the story moved very quickly and I had to finish it. This is our book club book and should have some fun discussion points.
Sep 28, 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
May 09, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Gripping, edge of your seat thriller. This was my first time to read this author and I liked the style. Jack & Melissa are fighting to keep their adopted daughter. It had plenty of twists. Definitely recommended.
Aug 12, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
12 aug 16, #21 from box for me. great story teller...have yet to be disappointed with one. i've no doubt this will be an enjoyable read, as well.
onward, ever onward.
13 aug 16, finished, great story! intense.
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.
Ana Feldhake Lash
It was ok, not very realistic, but I guess that is why people read these type of books. Pure entertainment.
Aug 25, 2010 Kwoomac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ridiculous. don't even think about reading this !
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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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