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Three Weeks To Say Goodbye

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,219 ratings  ·  385 reviews
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Published (first published 2008)
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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...more
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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
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...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...more
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...more
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
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
This is a very very good book had me hooked from the beginning.
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
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!
Shelby *wants some 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. :)
Susanne Leist
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....more
Ana Feldhake Lash
It was ok, not very realistic, but I guess that is why people read these type of books. Pure entertainment.
Harrowing, and all the more so because it seems plausible.
ridiculous. don't even think about reading this !
Jackie Lane
After years of trying to conceive a baby, Jack & Melissa adopt a baby, Angelina. Nine months’ later, Jack, who works for Denver’s Travel Department, receives a message from the adoption agent informing him that there was a glitch in the paperwork wherein the biological father, Garrett Moreland, never signed away his parental rights and that he now wants custody of his daughter. Garrett does not appear to actually want the child, it seems the underlying current is that his father, John Morela...more
I wish that I could give this one three and a half stars because I more than just liked it, but I am not so sure that I would rate it a four-star read. I am glad that I read it because it was (1) a new author that I had never read before and (2) had the best climax of any book that I've read in a while. But, I did find some of the action a bit on the unbelievable side. On the other hand, I suppose that is what reading is supposed to be...a ride for your imagination! Obviously, I devoured it once...more
This was my first CJ Box book. I found it was extremely easy to read and flowed very well. I was hooked from page 1.

I liked Jack immediately - he had a nerdy yet loyal & heroic vibe. Very old school charm about him. I really liked Melissa, even though she seemed really fragile, as the story went on, there was a hard determined and protective edge to her that I wish all mother's had. It was refreshing to see how devoted she was to being a mother, having quit her job to do the best she could...more
Susan Bright
The title of this book jumped out at me. I was looking for a good audio book. Nothing too deep or too long. I just wanted an entertaining story to listen to in the car fifteen minutes or so at a time. Three Weeks To Say Goodbye was described as an “edge of your seat read”, just what I was looking for and it started off really good.

Jack and Melissa McGuane are happily married and after years of trying to have a baby, they adopt Angelina. Melissa is a stay at home mom and they had never been happi...more
The situation in this book was pretty awful: a young couple, Jack and Melissa McGuane, adopt baby Angelina, who is now nine months old. They get a call from the adoption agency that tells them that one rather important detail hadn't been covered: the birth father had never signed the consent papers. Now he, actually his father, want to take the baby. Incidentally, this Mr. Moreland is a federal judge and has a lot of power in the community. When Jack and Melissa meet the father and son they feel...more
Keri Neal
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The situation in this book was pretty awful: a young couple, Jack and Melissa McGuane, adopt baby Angelina, who is now nine months old. They get a call from the adoption agency that tells them that one rather important detail hadn't been covered: the birth father had never signed the consent papers. Now he, actually his father, want to take the baby. Incidentally, this Mr. Moreland is a federal judge and has a lot of power in the community. When Jack and Melissa meet the father and son they feel...more
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 coup...more
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...more
May 15, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans, fans of the downtrodden
Recommended to Michael by: enjoy the author.
As an adoptive parent, it was a difficult topic to read. The story evolves about parents who adopted a child but later found that the birth father had not signed the papers to relinquish his claim to raise the child.

The birth father, Garrett and his father meet the adoptive parents, Jack and Melissa and tell them that Garrett and his father, an influential judge want to raise Garrett's daughter. They give Jack and Melissa three weeks before they claim the baby.

The author is a true story teller a...more
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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
Jack and Melissa McGuane adopted a baby at birth. Now, nine months later, the shady biological father is taking her back. This was a very surprising book. I tend to focus on character more than other elements at the start of books, and for the first quarter or so, I thought I'd made a mistake in choosing this one. Several actions of the characters, and even some things in the plot, did not seem realistic enough to believe. I usually read a book in two or three days, and I'd resigned myself to sp...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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