Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A book I won't be reading

I have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to books. I read fiction and non-fiction, kid's lit, historical romances, autobiographies and pretty much anything in between. I'm especially a big fan of murder mysteries. This is one book that I won't be adding to my shelves though.

I don't expect mass media outlets to really get the topic of adoption. I know that sensationalism sells. But this one seems to be going a bit too far.

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye by C.J. Box

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina’s birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens. When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that there’s something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.

As Angelina’s safety hangs in the balance, Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child. A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where absolutely no one is safe.

How far would you go to save someone you love?


Bestseller Box (Blue Heaven) explores an adoptive parent’s worst nightmare in this compelling stand-alone thriller. Box’s convincing villains—gangsters, murderers, child pornographers—each provide a different face of evil, and each individual has to decide how best to get at the truth. As usual, Box blessedly reasserts that whatever the cost, such truth exists, and ordinary folk have the strength to find it. -- Publishers Weekly

Just what adoption needs; another story of first parents being the dredges of the earth who want to take their baby back.
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