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Three Weeks To Say Goodbye

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  7,119 ratings  ·  689 reviews
New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box's novels have been called "red hot" (Booklist) and "edge-of-your-seat read[s]" (Omaha World-Herald). Now he delivers a novel that will steal your sleep as much as it will wrench your heart. Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is a novel about something that could be anyone's worst nightmare. . .

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Aug 21, 2013 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 ...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
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.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Oct 29, 2012 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
Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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. :)
♓️ Michelle
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the reviews I’d read about this book, I did not have high hopes. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I found it hard to put down. Yes it is not a new plot, but it’s well done and the characters are likable...with the exception of the few you aren’t supposed to like. This was my first book by C. J. Box and I look forward to more.
Mar 24, 2017 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.
Dick Reynolds
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack and Melissa McGuane are parents of a nine month old girl named Angelina whom they adopted. Angelina’s birth mother signed the release papers but the birth father didn’t because he couldn’t be found.
The McGuane family are suddenly thrust into the center of an emotional hurricane when a young Garrett Morland appears. He’s Angelina’s birth father and wants custody of his daughter even though he doesn’t have a job and is really not interested in being a caring father. To complicate matters
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2011
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 ...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!
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.
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.
Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ridiculous. don't even think about reading this !
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Older standalone novel by author Box

I bought this book recently because I thought it was one of Box's books I hadn't read - and I've read all of his other books. Once I got started on this one, it kept getting more familiar and I realized I'd read it when it first came out in 2009. It was no hardship though because I enjoyed it again.

I do have to write that it's a different writing style than the author's other books. This is more of a mainstream thriller.

I enjoyed the characters and the story
June Ahern
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it could happen - if the adoptee's don't both sign the papers no matter how long the adopters have the child, she or he can be returned. Sinister judge and sociopathic son decide after 14 months the baby is to be returned to them. The adopters, a young, happy couple who dote on the baby are crushed and as time goes on learn horrible things about ugly facts concerning the welfare of their child if turned over to biological father. Scary...the countdown...
Grada (BoekenTrol)
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Grada (BoekenTrol) by: Tinina67
It was a surprisingly fast read. I was not always impressed by the way things were going, the plot choices were a bit too coincidental or far fetched at times, but... I liked it.

I just hope that IRL people that are supposed to protect & to serve and uphold the law make other choices when things turn bad.
Lynn Tieman
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller. Liked it as I lived 20 years in Denver. It is always fun to identify with the novel's location. I plsn on reading more from this author. Just found a book in my library (the one by my night stand to read and forgotten books). ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different C J Box book. This is a compelling story of young parents in an impossible situation.

Having adopted a son, I know what this couple was facing. Having a foster son for a year, I remember what it felt like when we were told our time was up.

Mr. Box has it exactly right.

This is a tough story with an incredible end.
Catherine Wright
Excellent suspense that was hard to put down. Loved the characters especially Cody!
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picture adopting an new-born child. For her first nine months, you and she have bonded. She is YOUR CHILD in all ways. Now picture receiving a phone call from the adoption agency informing you that the "birth father" want his child. This is where the story begins. There are many twists and turns in this story. Intrigue, murder, you name the crimes and it's in this book. Read it!
May 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Joe Pickett series, so I wanted to try more CJ Box. This was my fun "reward" book after struggling to finish a couple dry books. What a poor choice.

The Pickett books also have a foster daughter who is kidnapped when the birth mother wants her back. And the author worked as a tourism representative for his western state like the adoptive father. I wondered how much of this was autobiographical.

Ultimately, this book was too painful to read. It wallows in the emotions of the adoptive
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I'm gonna be honest- I made it to page seventeen. It's one of my personal pet peeves when I recommend a book to someone and they give it up immediately, but this was physically painful. The tone was identical to that of textbook- there were no metaphors, no word play, no poeticism what so ever (and believe me when I say that my teenage angsty ass is crazed for poeticism). There was essentially no introduction. We just went straight into the main plot, which some may like, but I want some actual ...more
Jul 01, 2013 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 ...more
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 06, 2009 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
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
The outline of the story - an adopted baby taken away from the adopted parents because of a technicality - is a good one. The "father" of the baby hadn't signed the release and his father was a well known judge.

The judge is a smooth, character with a stellar reputation. The adoptive parents were a normal, average family without the money to fight the judge.

But all is not what it seems. The father, Jack, is determined to find a way to keep his daughter of nine months, Angelina.

There is a
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C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the ...more
“I've come to realize something that for three weeks in my life I'd begun to doubt: There are good people in the world. Good people, kind people. xxx They all could have chosen to be cold, cruel, indifferent. That would have been easy. Brutality, I think, comes naturally to human beings. But they chose to be good, even if what they did could be questioned within the strict confines of the law.” 2 likes
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