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Dark Roads: A Novel

Dark Roads: A Novel

by Chevy Stevens

Narrated by Angela Dawe, Brittany Pressley, Isabella Star LaBlanc

Unabridged — 11 hours, 7 minutes

Chevy Stevens
Dark Roads: A Novel

Dark Roads: A Novel

by Chevy Stevens

Narrated by Angela Dawe, Brittany Pressley, Isabella Star LaBlanc

Unabridged — 11 hours, 7 minutes

Chevy Stevens

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Stevens describes a world where the desire to escape crashes headlong against those who refuse to leave. The bounds and boundaries of friends and family circle this thriller from the first lines of the novel. Dark Roads keeps you wondering who is guilty and, of course, how our protagonist, Hailey, and her friends, Amber, Beth and Jonny, seek to find that out. Stevens' writing keeps us in suspense as she refuses to let the reader get complacent. If her characters are on edge, then so are we!

“Chevy Stevens is a brilliant and unique talent and Dark Roads is an instant classic. My hat's off to her.” - C. J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Long Range

"Dark Roads is an entertaining thriller whether you read it or listen to it!" - Toronto.com


The Cold Creek Highway stretches close to five hundred miles through British Columbia's rugged wilderness to the west coast. Isolated and vast, it has become a prime hunting ground for predators. For decades, young women traveling the road have gone missing. Motorists and hitchhikers, those passing through or living in one of the small towns scattered along the region, have fallen prey time and again. And no killer or abductor who has stalked the highway has ever been brought to justice.

Hailey McBride calls Cold Creek home. Her father taught her to respect nature, how to live and survive off the land, and to never travel the highway alone. Now he's gone, leaving her a teenage orphan in the care of her aunt whose police officer husband uses his badge as a means to bully and control Hailey. Overwhelmed by grief and forbidden to work, socialize, or date, Hailey vanishes into the mountainous terrain, hoping everyone will believe she's left town. Rumors spread that she was taken by the highway killer-who's claimed another victim over the summer.

One year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek, where her sister Amber lived-and where she was murdered. Estranged from her parents and seeking closure, Beth takes a waitressing job at the local diner, just as Amber did, desperate to understand what happened to her and why. But Beth's search for answers puts a target on her back-and threatens to reveal the truth behind Hailey's disappearance¿

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"Dark Roads is a chilling, pulse-pounding thriller that also tugs at the heartstrings. It's everything you've come to love from a master of the psych thriller genre!" -- Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

"My favorite Chevy Stevens book since Still Missing. Stevens reliably creates complex, resilient female characters, and Hailey and Beth - whose lives collide in Dark Roads - are utterly compelling. The suspense builds with every page, and the ending is a complete shocker." -- Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Wife Between Us



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

06/28/2021

Hailey McBride, the 17-year-old narrator of part one of this exciting if flawed thriller from bestseller Stevens (Never Let You Go), has been living since her father died with her aunt and police officer uncle, Erick Vaughn, near Canada’s reputedly haunted Cold Creek Highway, where an unknown number of young women have disappeared over the decades, the supposed victims of a serial killer. The highway killer myth doesn’t scare Hailey as much as the volatile Vaughn’s controlling ways and his constant spying on her. She runs away, believing she can use the outdoor skills her father taught her to survive the harsh wilderness. Hailey also hopes people will believe she was the killer’s latest victim. A year later, in part two, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend the annual memorial service for the highway victims, who include her sister. Once Hailey and Beth cross paths, the serial killer hunt gets lost amid what becomes a survivalist and coming-of-age story. Clever twists toward the end compensate for the temporary loss of momentum. Stevens remains a writer to watch. Agent: Mel Berger, WME. (Aug.)

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Praise for Dark Roads:
"Masterful... for all fans of psychological thrillers." —Booklist Online

"Gripping, unsettling, and brimming with suspense, Dark Roads is another worthy entry from the accomplished mystery storyteller." —BookRiot

"A well told and all-too-believable tale, Dark Roads borrows from the real-life tragedies along the Highway of Tears in British Columbia. It's a surprisingly fast read, full of action, surprises, despair and hope. It's a keeper for thriller fans." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"My favorite Chevy Stevens book since Still Missing. Stevens reliably creates complex, resilient female characters, and Hailey and Beth - whose lives collide in Dark Roads - are utterly compelling. The suspense builds with every page, and the ending is a complete shocker." —Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Wife Between Us

"Aptly named, Dark Roads is deep, dark, and unsettling. From the opening page, it’s clear you’re in the hands of a master storyteller. The missing, the dead, those left behind, the ones who know what's happened, all explode onto the page. With brilliant characterizations, tight plotting, and a setting bound to give you chills, this is Steven's finest book to date. A tour de force mystery you do not want to miss."
—J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Her Dark Lies

“Chevy Stevens is a brilliant and unique talent and Dark Roads is an instant classic. My hat’s off to her.” — C. J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Long Range

"Chevy Stevens is back and better than ever with a grisly tale that will make you think twice before driving down any deserted highways at night. Dark Roads is a chilling, pulse-pounding thriller that also tugs at the heartstrings. It's everything you've come to love from a master of the psych thriller genre!" — Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.


"Chevy Stevens does it again in her new thriller, Dark Roads....Dark Roads is a fast-paced thriller filled with action and brilliant characters. The characters are very real and come to life on the page as they find themselves in danger on several occasions. This is a must-read for fans of the author. It’s a real page-turner."
—Portland Book Review

Praise for Chevy Stevens:

"Gripping...unforgettable." —Gillian Flynn

"Heart-pounding." —Lisa Gardner

"Will have you spellbound." —Karin Slaughter

“Engrossing, suspenseful.” –Library Journal

"Utterly absorbing." —Kathy Reichs

“Chilling, compelling.” —William Landay

“Tense…Action-packed.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Fast-paced and thought-provoking.” –Kimberly McCreight

“An emotional rollercoaster you’ll be sorry to get off of when you finish the last page.” –Jennifer McMahon

“Stevens skillfully builds suspense.” –Publishers Weekly

“Haunting and harrowing.” –Megan Abbott

“Taught and riveting.” –Hilary Davidson

“Deep and exciting.” –Lisa Unger

“Riveting.” –Alafair Burke

Library Journal

08/13/2021

At the heart of Stevens's latest stand-alone thriller (after Never Let you Go) are two resilient young women whose lives become joined by the same dark, violent set of events. Hailey McBride is 17 years old and recently orphaned in the town of Cold Creek, British Columbia. The loss of her father has sent her reeling, and now she's forced to live with a domineering, terrifying uncle, who also happens to be the chief of police. Hailey begins to suspect that her uncle's threatening behavior may be even worse than she thinks and wonders if it might be connected to the string of murders of young women in the area—then Hailey disappears. She leaves behind a girlfriend, Amber, who soon meets with violence as well. A year later, Amber's sister Beth drops out of college, quits her job, and moves to Cold Creek, determined to find out what happened to her sister and Hailey. As Beth delves into the locals' secrets, her life and Hailey's collide to explosive effect. VERDICT Though dark and foreboding, none of the violence here is gratuitous and the strength and resilience shown by Stevens's female characters offers leavening moments of heart and hope. For fans of Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner.—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

Product Details

BN ID: 2940172745836
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 08/03/2021
Edition description: Unabridged

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