Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens is about a girl who goes missing on a dangerous highway, and her sister who comes searching for her killer.
A quick synopsis: Cold Creek Highway has a reputation for being a killer’s playground. For decades, women have gone missing on this stretch of road, with no clues as to why. Despite that, people still call Cold Creek home – including Hailey McBride, who tragically dies and leaves Hailey as a teenage orphan. Shortly after, Hailey vanishes into the mountains. A year later, Beth Chevalier comes to Cold Creek to learn more about her sister Amber’s murder…but she doesn’t yet realize how dangerous Cold Creek is.
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Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens: My Thoughts
I really liked the concept here, and the characters felt like real people. I also love a wilderness setting, especially with a small town element, and we had that in spades here!
The way the plot was laid out was unique, too – broken out into three parts with different timelines. I will say though, I’m not sure the execution worked for me 100% of the time. I found my interest drifting at times – there was something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on. The atmosphere in the beginning really hooked me, but it didn’t feel quite as engaging during other parts of the story. But the end picked back up again with lots of action and tension.
Maybe my expectations were a bit too high, since on paper this book had so many things I look for in thrillers. But Dark Roads is a solid thriller. Please keep in mind that I still enjoyed this book overall, and with such high ratings on Goodreads, I’d recommend still checking it out for yourself!
Rating: 3.75 (out of 5)
Release date: August 3rd, 2021
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