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The acclaimed and beloved author of Still Missing is back with her most breathtaking thriller yet. 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 hitc The acclaimed and beloved author of Still Missing is back with her most breathtaking thriller yet. 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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The acclaimed and beloved author of Still Missing is back with her most breathtaking thriller yet. 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 hitc The acclaimed and beloved author of Still Missing is back with her most breathtaking thriller yet. 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…

30 review for Dark Roads

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chevy Stevens

    This was the hardest book I've ever written and the one I am most proud of because it took me the longest to find. Plus, I love Wolf, and if there is ever a movie made, I can't wait to meet him in real life. Paws crossed. This was the hardest book I've ever written and the one I am most proud of because it took me the longest to find. Plus, I love Wolf, and if there is ever a movie made, I can't wait to meet him in real life. Paws crossed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens Narrated by Angela Dawe; Brittany Pressley; Isabella Star LaBlanc For decades, women have gone missing from or have been found murdered along the fictional Cold Creek Highway, in British Columbia. Five hundred desolate miles of highway where women hitchhikers and drivers with broken down vehicles have been preyed upon and the killer or killers never found. The story begins as we get to experience the brutal death of one of the victims, just another anonymous battered so Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens Narrated by Angela Dawe; Brittany Pressley; Isabella Star LaBlanc For decades, women have gone missing from or have been found murdered along the fictional Cold Creek Highway, in British Columbia. Five hundred desolate miles of highway where women hitchhikers and drivers with broken down vehicles have been preyed upon and the killer or killers never found. The story begins as we get to experience the brutal death of one of the victims, just another anonymous battered soul to roam the scene of unspeakable violence. We then meet seventeen year old Hailey, having recently lost her only living parent and now living with her aunt and her despicable, cruel, cop step-uncle, Vaugh. Everyone is scared of Vaugh, as he throws his weight around town and Vaugh has his sights set on Hailey, never letting her have a moment to herself, actively doing his best to instill fear in her that there is nothing she can do or say that he won't know. Hailey longs for the past days with her father, who taught her to love the wilderness and all the survival skills she would ever need, as they had enjoyed time in the wilderness surrounding their town. Vaugh hates Hailey's longtime friendship with Johnny, her best friend, and her newfound friendship with Amber, a waitress at the local diner. When Hailey finds evidence that Vaugh could be behind a lot of the bad that has gone on in the area, she fears for her life and flees to the hills. Townsfolk think that the serial killer has gotten Hailey although she had just wanted people to think she had run away. But maybe it's better this way, because Hailey thrives on her freedom, with a stray dog she names Wolf, a dog who adopted her and is her savior in so many ways. A year after Hailey disappears, during which time Amber has been murdered in the manner of so many other young women, Amber's sister, Beth, comes to town, filled with a grief so overpowering that she's dropped out of college and lost her internship. Beth plants herself in the midst of danger, calling attention to herself as the sister of Amber and as someone who is going to ask questions and dig into secrets. It doesn't help that Beth gets through her days and nights by medicating herself with alcohol and prescription meds. There is little to protect her from bad cops and murderous predators. This story, seen mostly from the perspective of Hailey and Beth, got under my skin. The sense of danger and that one wrong move could mean either one of them could be squashed by either the public monster, Vaugh, or the unknown killer, with one misstep, is constant. When violence does happen, more than once, it's shown in all it's horrible, painful, brutality. There are people who seem to care, such as Johnny, but can he and others be trusted? It's as if there is a huge black cloud over the area and it's got the law behind it, with nowhere to go to find an escape from the evil and death that is coming. I wanted so much to be able to help Hailey and Beth but had to watch from the sidelines as darkness marched closer and closer. The bright spot in all of this is the dog Wolf, ever faithful, so very smart, the best friend a human could ever want. I'm so thankful to the author for taking care of Wolf and not allowing him to just be a plot device to move the story further along. The narration of this story was excellent. The voices of the young women fit the story so well and conveyed all the emotions of what was happening in the lives of these women. Publication: August 3, 2021 Thank you to St. Martin's Press, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for the digital and audio ARCs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    Right from that intriguing prologue (Yikes! Ghosts!) to the epilogue (Yikes Again! More ghosts!) - I was hooked! This story should more than persuade everyone not to hitchhike, especially out on remote country roads! This is a very well-written thriller: great world and character building. Hailey, Amber, Beth and Jonny were awesome! (Hailey's relationship with her dad - just ... sniffle!) Vaughan was a horrible, scary creeper and no, I did not guess who the villain was! There are a few graphic des Right from that intriguing prologue (Yikes! Ghosts!) to the epilogue (Yikes Again! More ghosts!) - I was hooked! This story should more than persuade everyone not to hitchhike, especially out on remote country roads! This is a very well-written thriller: great world and character building. Hailey, Amber, Beth and Jonny were awesome! (Hailey's relationship with her dad - just ... sniffle!) Vaughan was a horrible, scary creeper and no, I did not guess who the villain was! There are a few graphic descriptions of violence and I had to take breaks, particularly towards the end. I usually tend to skim over these types of extremely violent, bloody scenes, but such is the caliber of this author's writing style that I was glued to each page, even while I was shuddering and wincing with each blow. (And to think, I used to devour overly graphic serial killer thrillers by the dozen in my bygone youth!) On my second foray through this action-packed story, the atmosphere of suspense and dread kept me glued to my tablet as I listened to the audiobook - which was very well performed. (See my review for the audiobook below.) I am finding that I enjoy listening to thrillers- it adds another dimension to the action. For those brave readers who devour these dark thrillers like bonbons, enjoy: this was a very good one! Chevy Stevens (one of my favourite authors now) always puts her characters through hell! Such brave young troopers! My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ebook ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. HERE IS MY NETGALLEY REVIEW FOR THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION: I have come to prefer listening to thrillers: when the narrator is good -and all three narrators did an excellent job in Chevy Stevens' Dark Roads audiobook - it feels as if you are "listening to a movie." I really enjoyed the ebook back when it came out. Stevens is a gifted writer and can expertly manipulate a reader's emotions with her words. The sense of unremitting dread and fear whenever Vaughan came into a scene! I'm a pacifist and even I wanted to swat him with a heavy object! Bad, Bad Man!!! I loved spending time with Hailey, Jonny, Amber and Beth - again! I didn't realize how much I was missing them until I started listening to this audiobook. Even though I had read the ebook, I could not stop listening to this very well dramatized audiobook. (For those, like me, who are squeamish when it comes to violence, the speed setting is a fabulous option. I would double the speed sometimes during those scenes! ) I also listened to the excellent audiobook for this author's earlier book, That Night. When I saw that the audiobook for Dark Roads was available, I jumped at the chance to listen it, based on my experience with That Night. (My thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this advance audiobook in exchange for an honest review.) I highly, highly recommend the Dark Roads audiobook! All the stars for this thrilling ride! On Sale now: August 3rd, 2021!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Unpopular Opinion Below I thought Dark Roads was going to be a dark, psychological thriller about a serial killer. While there are some thriller-like moments, this book missed the mark. It has a YA feel, with some intense and suspenseful moments mixed in. Divided into three parts, part one focuses on Hailey. Hailey’s story starts off strong. 17 years old and mourning the tragic loss of her father, she is now living with her aunt and her creepy, pervy uncle, Vaughn, who is an aggressive predator, Unpopular Opinion Below I thought Dark Roads was going to be a dark, psychological thriller about a serial killer. While there are some thriller-like moments, this book missed the mark. It has a YA feel, with some intense and suspenseful moments mixed in. Divided into three parts, part one focuses on Hailey. Hailey’s story starts off strong. 17 years old and mourning the tragic loss of her father, she is now living with her aunt and her creepy, pervy uncle, Vaughn, who is an aggressive predator, and Hailey is his prey. Since Vaughn is a cop, there is little Hailey can do to protect herself except run away. What ensues is a long-drawn-out survival story until Hailey mysteriously disappears (I was glad to see her go). Part Two focuses on Beth. Amber, who is Hailey’s first love, is murdered after Hailey disappears. Now in town to find out what happened to her sister, Beth finds herself spiraling into danger. Part Three involves spoilers, so I am not sharing. This is the strongest part of the book, but it took too long to reach this point. This is where the action happens, and events finally come together. There is a decent twist and a satisfying conclusion. Long and boring, this book dragged and dragged--honestly, I thought this book would never end. The narrative switches between Hailey and Beth. There was something about Hailey’s voice that grated on my nerves. Beth was more tolerable, but she wasn’t much better than Hailey. The epilogue was cringe-worthy, transitions were awkward, and, at times, I had to suspend my disbelief. There is one brilliant character who kept me reading, Wolf ( who is a stray dog). Without Wolf, I wouldn’t have finished this book! Most readers have loved this book, so ignore my review and judge for yourself! Trigger warning: Sexual assault and violence I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Whoa! Ms. Stevens did it again! I’m an emotional mess! This is foreboding, dark, depressing, claustrophobic, disturbing story narrated by two unforgettable, traumatized, struggling young girls! There are some stories leave their marks in your soul! This story is truly one of them. Especially the prologue and epilogue of the book wrench your heart, captivate your soul, make you cry! It’s sad, it’s real, it’s harsh, it’s ugly. It’s soul crushing. Cold Creek Highway seems like a haunted place for Whoa! Ms. Stevens did it again! I’m an emotional mess! This is foreboding, dark, depressing, claustrophobic, disturbing story narrated by two unforgettable, traumatized, struggling young girls! There are some stories leave their marks in your soul! This story is truly one of them. Especially the prologue and epilogue of the book wrench your heart, captivate your soul, make you cry! It’s sad, it’s real, it’s harsh, it’s ugly. It’s soul crushing. Cold Creek Highway seems like a haunted place for young girls who turn into preys for ruthless serial killer. Never think about hitchhiking or being alone in the dark to attract his attention! Most of the girls are already forgotten, only residues from their memories are missing posters hung on the several places of the town. Eventually those photos are torn and thrown away to be replaced by another girl’s photo. Nearly half of the book: Hailey McBride tells her story: she recently loses her father at car accident. Her mother has already died a few years ago and for years her father was his best friend, partner in crime, only family she knows. Now she tries to adopt in her new life at her aunt Lara’s house. She loves her aunt and her lovely niece but Lara’s husband Vaughn is so adamant to turn her life into hell with his ultra protective manners, making her prisoner at his house! And she finds something at his study which makes her realize she’s in great danger and she needs to vanish to save herself! She has to leave behind her best friend Jonny and her lover Amber who works at the diner behind. She thinks her outdoor skills help her to disappear easily in the Cold Creek wilderness. She stages her running away to deceive everyone she’s the victim of the highway killer so she can live in the woods till she turns 18! So a few months later: Vaughn will have no right to interfere in her life! She already forms a friendship with her wolf. Everything seems fine with her till she finds a body left at the ditch! And with this cue, another narrator starts to tell her story: Beth Chevalier, Amber’s responsible sister who studies law, moving to the town, suffering from grief. Yes, something happened to Amber and Beth has to find who killed her by befriending town’s people , digging out their secrets, putting herself in danger. That responsible, good daughter of the family turns into a fragile girl with delicate mental state, popping up pills like M&Ms, forming an intimate relationship with Jonny and her path eventually crosses with Hailey. My thoughts: The character analysis of the book are impeccably well crafted. You can easily empathize with those two girls who are polar opposites. Hailey : rebellious, independent, bike rider, tough, stubborn as Beth: suffering from guilt feelings eat her alive, self destructive, tough, smart, putting other people’s needs first. The progression of the story was TOO SLOW but I still enjoy the back stories of the characters which helped me to understand their inner motives and form an emotional with them. The identity of the serial killer was surprising and especially the last third of the book was like ticking bomb! For compensating the slow beginning, the author just kicked the gas and accelerated the speed with ultra high tension makes us bite our nails, jump up and down from our seats, give us adrenaline crush! And she creates the hell of hateful villains! I think I haven’t hated a character as I hated Vaughn for so long! What a despicable, disgusting, shameless son of a... okay you know what I mean! You fantasize five millions of ways to torture him during your read! Overall: it’s effective, intense, thought provoking, well developed, fascinating reading! You shouldn’t miss this one! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Chevy Stevens has done it again, totally sweeping me off my feet with this perfectly-paced thriller. Dark Roads is the type of thriller I strive to find—one that totally takes me away from real life and leaves me turning the pages so quickly that I’m completely lost. Summary: Stay off Cold Creek Highway...at least that’s what the locals say. Too many people have gone missing either from hitchhiking or just bad luck. Hailey thinks she may have figured out the mystery on her own, but now she’s left Chevy Stevens has done it again, totally sweeping me off my feet with this perfectly-paced thriller. Dark Roads is the type of thriller I strive to find—one that totally takes me away from real life and leaves me turning the pages so quickly that I’m completely lost. Summary: Stay off Cold Creek Highway...at least that’s what the locals say. Too many people have gone missing either from hitchhiking or just bad luck. Hailey thinks she may have figured out the mystery on her own, but now she’s left isolated and needs to find clues to put the story together and end it once and for all. Beth is an outsider with secrets and many problems. She’s come to Cold Creek to a memorial for the lost victims of the highway, hoping to close this chapter of her life and get back on her feet. While in town, she takes matters into her own hands to avenge a family member. Beth and Hailey want the same thing, but can they come together to solve this mystery without getting themselves killed? Characters: This story has great characters and some you just can’t figure out. Hailey and Beth’s courage was intoxicating, and the constant high-stakes left me on edge. The tension had my heart pounding so hard at times. Hailey’s knowledge of survival in nature captured me head on, and I loved the constant connection she had with her dad in the story. The references made it emotional for me—especially her inner thoughts. I liked the way she was connected to nature and appreciative for all she had. Her dad taught her well. Vaughn, on the other hand, was a character that drove me absolutely insane from the very beginning. He was hard to figure out. I definitely felt connected to many of the characters, especially Hailey, and of course I fell in love with Wolf too, who’s the perfect once-in-a-lifetime dog. This was just a great cast of characters. Story: I loved the plot and the way this story was written. It’s true that there was a little predictability when it came to a few of the characters and their intentions, but I couldn’t figure out the actual perpetrator until late in the book. It was nearly perfect with just enough information to keep you mystified. Everything wrapped up wonderfully, and I appreciated the epilogue and added information regarding her inspiration for this story. I suppose it’s important to note that a few small parts of the book were a little difficult to read at times, but mainly toward the end. These few parts may be difficult for sensitive readers. I only had a small niggle with the believability of a few things in the story, and it was mainly with Vaughn. I felt right away that he was the type of person to leave no stone unturned, and wondered how he didn’t figure something out early on. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s something pertaining to Hailey’s past with her dad and a choice she made. Overall, this was great. Chevy Stevens has become a favorite, and I can’t wait for her next book. If you love thrillers don’t miss this one! 5***** Publication date: August 3rd 2021. I’d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me in exchange for my honest review. You can also see this review @www.readrantrockandroll.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! Review originally published on https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/ on 12/3/20. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com Over the past year or so, I’ve wondered at random times, “What is Chevy Stevens up to, and when will she release a new book?” As a fan, you can imagine my delight when I saw that DARK ROADS was announced as her upcoming novel...and the result of her work is compelling. Cold Creek Highway has been well known for decades. There have been HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! Review originally published on https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/ on 12/3/20. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com Over the past year or so, I’ve wondered at random times, “What is Chevy Stevens up to, and when will she release a new book?” As a fan, you can imagine my delight when I saw that DARK ROADS was announced as her upcoming novel...and the result of her work is compelling. Cold Creek Highway has been well known for decades. There have been countless warnings: Don’t hitchhike, don’t drive on the highway at night, and do your absolute best to avoid it altogether. Why? Because hitchhikers have disappeared and cars have broken down, and there are many women whose dead bodies were found near the highway...or never found at all. Hailey McBride is well aware of the dangers of Cold Creek Highway, having been a resident of Cold Creek for all of her life. After her father dies, she ends up in a dreadful living situation. One thing leads to another, and she feels that her only way out is to disappear and use her outdoor skills to survive. She doesn’t predict that the town will think she is a victim of the serial killer hunting the highway. She also doesn’t predict the dangers she will land in. Beth Chevalier visits Cold Creek to attend the annual memorial for the highway victims. She has a personal investment, as her sister was murdered a year ago. With her mind held captive with grief, she stays in town and gets to know the citizens, hoping to find out who killed her sister. Through the dark roads of the highway and the woods, she soon finds that nothing is as it seems, and not everybody should be trusted at first glance. I have to say that this book didn’t go in the direction I thought it would. I was expecting a scary story with lots of creepy moments involving a serial killer. My brief disappointment didn’t last for long. Although not scary in the literal sense, this is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that rarely gave me time to relax and breathe. It’s almost a survivalist story where tons of woodsy, outdoor elements come into play with the characters. It’s certainly never boring. On top of that, there are 2.5 moments (from what I gathered) that are meant to surprise. I guessed 1.5 of them beforehand, but ALL of them are executed flawlessly. It’s also very atmospheric. I had no problem picturing everything in my mind, and I think that’s one of an author’s greatest attributes. It’s so hard to do it well, but Chevy Stevens succeeds. All in all, while the story detours from truly frightening, it makes a right turn in the woods and captivates with intensity and intrigue. Oh, and there’s a canine costar to boot...who may very well be my favorite character. The author’s note is also worth a read, as she was inspired by the Highway of Tears, a real situation with murdered or missing women in Northern British Columbia. 3.5 stars. Sincere thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** It’s so great when I read a novel and IT SURPRISES ME IN A GOOD WAY!!! I have never read a book by Chevy Stevens before and had no idea what I was in for. After the mysterious prologue, the novel starts with introducing us to the characters in the novel. Hailey, who had been living with her dad in Cold Creek, is traumatized. Her dad died in a car accident and she is living with her aunt Lana, her young cousin and brother-in-law Sgt. Vaughn. Hailey doesn’t like Vaughn, he ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY*** It’s so great when I read a novel and IT SURPRISES ME IN A GOOD WAY!!! I have never read a book by Chevy Stevens before and had no idea what I was in for. After the mysterious prologue, the novel starts with introducing us to the characters in the novel. Hailey, who had been living with her dad in Cold Creek, is traumatized. Her dad died in a car accident and she is living with her aunt Lana, her young cousin and brother-in-law Sgt. Vaughn. Hailey doesn’t like Vaughn, he is a police officer who comes off more as a bully. He is constantly checking on Hailey and telling her to stay off of the Cold Creek Highway. He stands too close to her and makes her feel vulnerable. There are billboards with photos of all of the young women who have gone missing and notices warning young women not to hitchhike or travel the highway alone. The Cold Creek Highway is a long stretch, 500 miles long, through the thick wilderness of British Columbia. Amber is a young woman, estranged from her family working at a local restaurant It’s pretty much the only restaurant in this small town. Amber and Hailey become quite close. When Amber disappears it’s the last straw for Hailey and she decides she has to get out of her aunt’s house! SHE HAS TO BECOME INVISIBLE! The plot started out a bit slowly for me but quickly picked up pace nearing the halfway point. One year later, a memorial is being held for all of the missing girls and Beth, Amber’s sister, has come to town. Beth decides to stay, gets a job in the same restaurant where her sister worked and is trying to figure out who was responsible for what happened to her Amber. This part of the plot felt a bit weak, it was hard to believe that she would want to REPEAT her sister’s last weeks. There are quite a few memorable characters, most notably Jonny, a young, good looking guy who works with his dad repairing dirt bikes. Vaughn seems to have a vendetta against Jonny. There are some exciting action scenes in the second half which had me holding my breath, hoping for a good outcome. Lots of scenes in the beautiful outdoors, hiking, swimming, etc. The area was well described and I felt immersed in the story. I couldn’t possibly write a review for this novel without mentioning Wolf, the dog befriended by Hailey who is her best friend and her protector!! They have some close calls with danger throughout the book. I was fortunate to have both the physical ARC and the audiobook for this novel. I found that the beginning was quicker to get through actually reading the novel but I really enjoyed the tense, anxious, thriller feeling I got when listening to the end of the second half. I would recommend both the physical book and the audiobook for the best possible experience :) The author’s notes contain information about the actual highway in British Columbia that this novel is loosely based on, all of the women who have gone missing and their abductors never caught. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley and an audiobook from MacMillan audio through NetGalley.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... This was an exciting, thrilling, and unputdownable read!! June 2018- Seventeen-year-old, Hailey McBride recently lost her father in a tragic car accident. Hailey was very close to her father. He taught her survival skills, and how to hunt and fish. Now Hailey’s moved in with her Aunt Lana, her six-year-old cousin, Cash, and her aunt’s husband, Vaughn. Her aunt is kind but Vaughn makes Hailey nervous. Vaughn is a Police Serge My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... This was an exciting, thrilling, and unputdownable read!! June 2018- Seventeen-year-old, Hailey McBride recently lost her father in a tragic car accident. Hailey was very close to her father. He taught her survival skills, and how to hunt and fish. Now Hailey’s moved in with her Aunt Lana, her six-year-old cousin, Cash, and her aunt’s husband, Vaughn. Her aunt is kind but Vaughn makes Hailey nervous. Vaughn is a Police Sergeant many call “The Iceman”. He loves to write tickets and he’s especially hard on young people, harassing them and busting them for the smallest infractions. Hailey has a friend named Jonny. They have been best friends since she was eight years old. They fix their dirt bikes together and she loves watching him race. She even thinks he could go pro. Vaughn seems to have it out for Jonny and warns Hailey to stay away from him. Vaughn won't let her get a job and his rules are becoming unbearable. Hailey knows he just wants to keep an eye on her. “Someone like you, a pretty girl without a dad, you have to be even more careful.” When Hailey makes a horrifying discovery, she realizes she can’t live like this any longer. So she comes up with a plan. Everyone who lived in Cold Creek knew about the dangerous highway. Parents warned their children about it and you couldn’t miss the billboard warning women not to hitchhike. You also couldn’t ignore the posters of the “victims with their sweet, hopeful smiles”. With no public transportation, these warnings still couldn’t stop those young women who were determined to run away or find a place to hang out with friends. Some went missing from the highway, some from local communities who were last seen at a party or walking home alone. Cold Creek is one of the towns were several women had last been seen. The town is the last stop for gas and supplies for many miles. People had started to relax a little after several years had gone by without any murders. That was a big mistake. Now more photos are being added to the posters. It’s started again. Who is the highway killer? Will they ever be caught? I loved this book! Chevy Stevens is a fantastic storyteller, and in my opinion, this was a terrific read. Well-paced and intense with many engaging characters. One of my favorite characters, a wonderful dog named Wolf. The author's descriptions made it easy to picture this super-smart dog with his different colored eyes. A well-written story filled with plenty of action and suspense, I was gripped from start to finish. Dark Roads is a captivating and twisted tale of murder and suspense. I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    The Cold Creek Highway has become the prime hunting ground for a ruthless killer. For decades young woman have gone missing. There are billboards with their faces on them. Look. Remember. Hailey McBride grew up in Cold Creek. Her late father taught her to respect nature and how to live off the land. After his death she went to live with her aunt and her police officer husband, Vaughn. She loves her aunt and cousin, but Vaughn makes her life miserable. He is controlling, rough, and secretive. Feel The Cold Creek Highway has become the prime hunting ground for a ruthless killer. For decades young woman have gone missing. There are billboards with their faces on them. Look. Remember. Hailey McBride grew up in Cold Creek. Her late father taught her to respect nature and how to live off the land. After his death she went to live with her aunt and her police officer husband, Vaughn. She loves her aunt and cousin, but Vaughn makes her life miserable. He is controlling, rough, and secretive. Feeling unsafe, vulnerable and uneasy she decides to leave. She hopes people will know she left town, but rumors soon circulate saying she was a victim of the Cold Creek Highway killer. Beth Chevalier arrived in town one year later after Hailey went missing. Beth's sister, Amber was murdered there the year before. Beth is looking for answers and seeking closure. She sets up camp and even gets a job as a waitress where Amber once worked. On the surface, Cold Creek appears to be a nice little town. But there are ghosts there. Townspeople warn each other: don't go out alone, don't hitchhike, don't be on the highway alone, tell people where you are going, etc. Sounds like pretty sound advice for everyone but it holds a deeper meaning in Cold Creek. I was sucked in right away. I immediately felt for Hailey and having to live with a domineering man like Vaughn. I understood how she felt she needed to get away. I rooted for her, worried for her and was relieved when she is chosen by Wolf (dog). Throughout the book there is a sense of unease. It's there, just below the surface, rippling like the water of the lake. There is an undercurrent of danger. Wait for it, listen to the whispers of the ghosts warning you -that there is a killer out there; be careful...…. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and was surprised at some of the twists and the reveal. This is not a scary book but there are some scary get-your-heart-beating scenes. Reading this was like watching a movie for me. I enjoyed the pace, getting to know the characters, watching as they did their best to live their lives, to survive and to flourish. I had that this-is-not-going-to-end-well feeling at various points of the book. Stevens has done it again with this tension filled book. Survival is the name of the game in this book. People survive in various ways - survive off the land, survive by keeping your head down, survive by following the rules, survive by numbing yourself from pain, and survive by doing whatever it takes. I was fully engaged in the story and enjoyed how Stevens broke up quieter/slow scenes with action. Just when the characters feel like they can stop, take stock and breathe deeply, something happens. This kept me on my toes. I also enjoyed how she showed grief and how losing someone affects an individual. She also explores friendship and loyalty. Overall, an enjoyable book that kept my interest and did not disappoint! I look forward to Stevens next book! The Author's note is not to be missed. In in she provides her inspiration for writing this book. Captivating, tense and hard to put down! Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoyed Chevy Stevens's book Still Missing, so when I won her newest book, Dark Roads, in a GR Giveaway, I was thrilled! Here is my independent, honest review. The Prologue and Epilogue were the best parts of this book, IMO. In fact, the Prologue had me hook, line and sinker, since it reminded me of the infamous "Highway of Tears", a 725-km stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert in northern B.C., where dozens of women, mostly Indigenous, went missing and/or murdere I really enjoyed Chevy Stevens's book Still Missing, so when I won her newest book, Dark Roads, in a GR Giveaway, I was thrilled! Here is my independent, honest review. The Prologue and Epilogue were the best parts of this book, IMO. In fact, the Prologue had me hook, line and sinker, since it reminded me of the infamous "Highway of Tears", a 725-km stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert in northern B.C., where dozens of women, mostly Indigenous, went missing and/or murdered from the 1970s to the present. Sadly, most of these crimes have never been solved. My thoughts were confirmed when I read the author's "Letter to the Reader" at the back of this book where she states that she used this setting as a premise for this story, but fictionalized it "out of respect for the victims, their families, and the RCMP..." The first third of this story successfully sets the desolation of the community and the surrounding area. I could feel the tension in MC Hailey's stressful situation, but when she (view spoiler)[spikes her 6-year-old cousin's ice cream with Benadryl to make him fall asleep so that she could snoop around (hide spoiler)] , I had a hard time relating to her. Even though I could somewhat understand Hailey's overall actions, Beth was a real enigma. Her character made a 180-degree turnaround - some of her actions/decisions were beyond belief for me to accept. By the final third of the book, I was pleased by the twist re: the serial killer, but after that, the story takes a hard left. If this were a movie, it would have been an unbelievable eye-roller with its over-the-top action and annoying characters. In a nutshell, I wish Ms. Stevens did not mention the Highway of Tears; then I wouldn't have had such high expectations for this book. The plot was far-fetched and the characters, for the most part, were not likeable, too super-human and/or too stupid. Such a head-shaker. P.S. I really hope that all the distracting grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors, as well as any inconsistencies, are edited before this book gets officially released!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Not gonna lie...... Opening the door on Dark Roads with the beginning chapters, I thought that all the stars were aligned with the makings of an exceptional read. It drew me in with the thought of a serial killer in the forests of British Columbia. The Prologue was filled with hair-raising details. And then the book got up and walked away from me. Seventeen year old Hailey McBride lost her father in a car accident recently. She's currently living with her Aunt Lana and Lana's new husband, Sergeant Not gonna lie...... Opening the door on Dark Roads with the beginning chapters, I thought that all the stars were aligned with the makings of an exceptional read. It drew me in with the thought of a serial killer in the forests of British Columbia. The Prologue was filled with hair-raising details. And then the book got up and walked away from me. Seventeen year old Hailey McBride lost her father in a car accident recently. She's currently living with her Aunt Lana and Lana's new husband, Sergeant Erick Vaughan of the RCMP. Vaughan is renowned as "The Iceman" in the small community of Cold Creek for his cold disposition and demeanor. He has Hailey constantly in his headlights and bullies her for being friends with Jonny Miller who shares her obsession for dirt bikes and racing. Hailey sets her mind on leaving Cold Creek one way or another. When a local waitress, Amber, is found strangled, her sister, Beth, arrives in town to find out what actually happened to her sister. Amber is now on the list of over twenty girls/women who have been found dead along the highway. And here is where things go south for me. Dark Roads takes on a YA flip in genre. We'll experience these characters making wild decisions intentionally stepping into danger with flimsy excuses. There's the overuse of injuries in both humans and a doggy character. My eyes rolled like marbles in my head from implausible situations. A weak twist will always disappoint you in the end. According to Chevy Stevens, she based this book on actual occurrences along a highway in British Columbia involving the disappearances of so many indigenous women and girls. Dark Roads doesn't do justice to the reality of that. Instead we're given teenage romances and just plain foolish adults. I expected so much more from Chevy Stevens. Perhaps you'll see this one completely different than I did. It was rated high by others. Take it for a spin and see what you think. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to Chevy Stevens for the opportunity.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Man, what a great read this one was! Keeping in mind I have not had an opportunity to read Chevy's debut novel, however, Dark Roads is by far the best of her novels I have read!! Meticulously plotted into three parts, this was simply put, fantastic! It was so heavily atmospheric that I had the creeps all throughout this story. I almost instantly connected with our incredibly flawed, yet human protagonists, Hailey, Amber and Beth, and I could literally feel the oppressive heat of the Canadian sum Man, what a great read this one was! Keeping in mind I have not had an opportunity to read Chevy's debut novel, however, Dark Roads is by far the best of her novels I have read!! Meticulously plotted into three parts, this was simply put, fantastic! It was so heavily atmospheric that I had the creeps all throughout this story. I almost instantly connected with our incredibly flawed, yet human protagonists, Hailey, Amber and Beth, and I could literally feel the oppressive heat of the Canadian summer, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up several times, almost as though an ominous presence was there, watching my every movements....let's just say the mystery element was intense and I was completely engaged and needed to know who the infamous highway killer was! Every element was superb and perfectly executed! At the beginning of the novel we meet Amber and Hailey, who are at the beginning stages of a relationship. Hailey is recovering from the sudden death of her father due to an auto accident and struggling to adjust to her new living arrangements with her aunt and her husband Vaughn, the town cop who most call the 'Ice Man.' I really empathized with Hailey because I myself struggled to get along with my father figure growing up. It seemed Vaughn unnecessarily always took things to a malicious level as he parented and disciplined Hailey, so what would any normal teenager do? Of course, Hailey decides to run away and live on her own in the mountains that her father loved, keeping a close eye on Beth as she works at the local diner, while also keeping her distance from Vaughn. Suddenly, tragedy strikes again and yet another person Hailey loves dearly is killed, this time at the hands of the Highway Killer. Now she is determined to solve this mystery, and herself in the process! This is definitely a slow burn mystery towards the beginning, as it established the relationships, however the book did not suffer for it, and I felt incredibly connected to the characters by the time the investigation intensified and unraveled. Along the way, there were some very graphic scenes that required intestinal, fortitude for sure! Boy, did I not expect that ending! Good things come to those who wait, as I believe it's been 2 to 3 years since Chevy's last release, so I'm incredibly thankful she took her time and crafted such a wonderful work of art! The highway of tears element definitely intrigued me to the extent that I will be researching it and finding true crime documentaries about it! This will definitely be a book that gets some buzz towards the end of the summer, I can't wait! Excellent comeback after a temporary hiatus Chevy, you're the best at what you do, hands down!! Thanks again St. Martin's for this ARC!!!! Pub date 8/2021!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    An outsider visiting Cold Creek would find a downtown consisting of a truck stop, motel and Mason's Diner. Mason, a retired logger, served meals to road crews, truckers and loggers. Large farms were scattered on the rural outskirts of town. Seventeen year old, Jonny Miller, a dirt bike enthusiast and racer, lived on one such farm. Cold Creek Highway, a span of roughly five hundred miles, cut through a mountainous area. "The forest was a wall of thick impenetrable trees and dense underbrush...dee An outsider visiting Cold Creek would find a downtown consisting of a truck stop, motel and Mason's Diner. Mason, a retired logger, served meals to road crews, truckers and loggers. Large farms were scattered on the rural outskirts of town. Seventeen year old, Jonny Miller, a dirt bike enthusiast and racer, lived on one such farm. Cold Creek Highway, a span of roughly five hundred miles, cut through a mountainous area. "The forest was a wall of thick impenetrable trees and dense underbrush...deep ravines...and jagged rocks". Hailey McBride and her dad were a team. "There wasn't much of anything that Dad didn't think could be fixed by spending time in the woods...We were always camping. Rain, shine, snow...find[ing] shelter, water, foraging for berries...we shared our dreams...". Upon her dad's death, she moved in with her Aunt Lana and her husband, Police Sergeant Vaughn. "[Vaughn] had a hero complex and expected me to be grateful that he'd chosen me as a project". The neighborhood kids called him "The Iceman"... a toughie who seemingly cared about the residents of Cold Creek. The town had a checkered past. There had been more than twenty unsolved cases of missing women. A prominently placed billboard's message: "Women- Don't Hitchhike. Dangerous Highway!" Vaughn liked to make people feel powerless. His overbearing, controlling behavior and threats to Hailey included locking up her dirt bike for not following his rules. Her defiance consisted of meet-ups with her best friend, Jonny to work together on their dirt bikes and hang-outs at the lake with either Jonny or Hailey's love, Amber Chevalier, a waitress at Mason's Diner. But now, Hailey's world was crumbling. Amber was missing. Hailey felt that she had to get out of her aunt's house ASAP. "I would run away-but-I had to stay off the grid-where no one would find me. I would live in the woods until I was of age... The mountains would protect me". Vaughn had creeped her out with his warning, "Whatever you think you found in my office doesn't exist". One year after Amber's disappearance, her sister Beth attended a memorial in honor of the disappeared/deceased victims of Cold Creek. Sensitive, fragile, grieving Beth wanted to find her sister Amber's killer. Strong willed, determined Hailey would stop at nothing to implicate Vaughn. Would there be justice for Amber? "Dark Roads" by Chevy Stevens is a riveting thriller, a murder mystery and a survivalist story all rolled into one. The reader can't help but root for the unmasking of the highway killer. Steven's writing created a tense, high octane pace that was unputdownable and begged to be enjoyed in one or two sittings! My favorite protagonist-Wolf! I received a free ARC of Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    When St. Martin’s....[a publishing company that treats their readers with respect ... never pushy... yet ‘kindly’ suggests and reminds early-arc-readers of a book that we might like]....sent me an email about Chevy Steven’s new novel.... I said to myself, “Okay, why not?”. My childhood close friend, absolutely loved “Still Missing”. I was a holdout...but read it ‘hoping’ to love it because she did. I didn’t love it....yet we’re still close friends 50 years later. So....knowing this was an early - When St. Martin’s....[a publishing company that treats their readers with respect ... never pushy... yet ‘kindly’ suggests and reminds early-arc-readers of a book that we might like]....sent me an email about Chevy Steven’s new novel.... I said to myself, “Okay, why not?”. My childhood close friend, absolutely loved “Still Missing”. I was a holdout...but read it ‘hoping’ to love it because she did. I didn’t love it....yet we’re still close friends 50 years later. So....knowing this was an early - gifted read ( thanks again, St. Martin’s)...I mostly wanted to read it ‘for’ my friend, Lisi....(maybe I could give her a copy)....and maybe — just maybe - a second go around with Chevy Stevens might be great. My expectations were low — to neutral. Well, surprise, surprise...this WAS GREAT. So, it was quite amazing at my surprise at just how ‘much’ I enjoyed this book. I went in blind; I didn’t even read the blurb....I simply knew the ‘name’ *Chevy Stevens*— her popularity - and my dislike of “Still Missing”- and my book-chatter-desire to chat with my friend, Lisi, later about it. So....my first quick thoughts: I haven’t read other reviews yet but for those who absolutely loved “Still Missing”....”Dark Roads”....is NOT THAT BOOK...not one iota. Readers may enjoy both books...but they ARE VERY DIFFERENT. Or? Some of us that appreciate literary writing, scenes in nature, might like it more. ( as I did). Those readers looking for a gripping - blood & guts scary as hell - frightening story might be disappointed. “Dark Roads” was plus for me. I prefer this type of book, this type of story, this type of writing… That was not only ‘thriller’ driven. I didn’t always think of this book as a psychological thriller— ( it is)... but there were other aspects I appreciated and enjoyed, equally as much. I was thoroughly impressed with some gorgeous literary writing > really gorgeous sentences ....atmospheric....with wonderful scenes describing feelings of why the most beautiful things in nature are often the most dangerous at times. I especially enjoyed the intimacy of Hailey McBride’s voice, her resilience, resourcefulness, awareness, and presence to the new life she found her life in. I ached her her, rooted for her. I also trusted her intelligence, intuition, and her courageous capabilities. Her inner voice allowed for deeper closeness and empathy. “Why were you driving so fast on that logging road, Dad? You knew it was dangerous. We had plans. You and me against the world. That’s what you said. Losing Mom to cancer was supposed to be the worst thing I ever had to go through, but now you’re gone too, and I don’t know how I’m going to make it. Why didn’t you get the will changed? How could you leave me with him?”—[uncle Vaughn] Some readers might enjoy the suspenseful crime mystery most —trying to put the missing pieces together ....I wanted to know too....(but I didn’t even try to guess the conclusion)....I was enjoying the characters —their multi-personality traits—the dialogue, and the woods themselves. When Hailey’s Dad hunted, he always thanked the land, using a First Nations prayer. Hailey made one up of her own. Clutching the elk necklace that her Dad gave her, she held it up to the sky she said, “Thank you for the river. Thank you for this great mountain. Thank you for this bounty”. “There wasn’t much of anything that Dad didn’t think could be fixed by spending time in the woods” We meet Hailey’s felicitous furry feather companion name *Wolf*, a tail-wagger bowwow bitzer. Hailey and Wolf were out in those woods. Hailey screamed ..... “Wolf!”....”No!” “Come”! “Wolf danced back. The cougar swatted at him again. Hissing. My finger fumbled on the trigger. I focused, Wolf was in my shot. I raised the rifle to the sky and let off a round”. “The cougar backed off a few feet—Wolf was still barking and baiting it. I let off another shot. The cougar took a hard left and leapt through the woods toward the river. Wolf followed”. “They we’re gone, crashing through the thick ferns and bushes, the tangle of underbrush. Branches closed after them. I raced toward where I last seen Wolf, scrambling over rocks and through shrubs and that tour at my hair, my clothes, my skin. Panting, I broke out of the words and found myself standing high above the river. I scanned the trees, trying to hear Wolf over the rushing falls. Where was he? Then I saw a flash of black and spotted him in the distance”. “He was chasing the cougar across an old fir tree hanging over the water”. Hailey ran after Wolf Wolf got hurt, but was going to be okay. As for Hailey..... and other young women we meet in this novel, missing and or murdered....we really are not sure until the end. Part II begins with the voice of a a new character, Beth Chevalier. The author tells us ( we feel her ruthless compassion)....that this entire story (a relocated location), was inspired by from the national crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in British Columbia. “The Highway of Tears” refers to a 724 km length of Yellowhead highway. Many cases today remain unsolved. Thank you Netgalley, St. Martin’s Publising, ....and Kudos to Chevy Stevens > whose book is a rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and sagacious humanity.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Chevy Stevens has wowed me yet again with another empowering, thoughtful, character-driven suspense novel. This book is more of a character drama than some of her previous more pure thrillers, but there is suspense and mystery aplenty in this well-told tale of female survival. I listened to the audiobook and also read along in the physical copy. Both reading experiences were great but I especially loved the narration of the audiobook. The book focuses primarily on two women, and one wonderful dog Chevy Stevens has wowed me yet again with another empowering, thoughtful, character-driven suspense novel. This book is more of a character drama than some of her previous more pure thrillers, but there is suspense and mystery aplenty in this well-told tale of female survival. I listened to the audiobook and also read along in the physical copy. Both reading experiences were great but I especially loved the narration of the audiobook. The book focuses primarily on two women, and one wonderful dog, Wolf. (As a dog lover, I really just can’t adequately express how much I just loved the character of Wolf.) In the fictional town of Cold Creek, women are disappearing and turning up murdered along the highway. Stevens, in a very informative and sad afterward, shares how the story was inspired by a real highway that has claimed the lives of numerous First Nations women, murdered by a killer or killers as yet unidentified. In this book, we meet the wonderful and irrepressible character of Hailey, a young woman who has to turn to shocking methods of survival after she is orphaned and placed in a home with an uncle who is beyond creepy and possibly extremely dangerous. We also meet Beth, the sister of one of the highway victims, who is attempting to start a new life in Cold Creek after her sister’s death. The stories of the two women intersect almost magically, with one woman acting as almost the guardian angel of another (as we women should maybe do more in this world that is dangerous for us). The second guardian angel in the form of Wolf was also wonderful. You could read this book for Wolf alone, but that would do a disservice to the two equally wonderful female protagonists. The story is part wilderness survival story, part violence survival story, and part wonderful dog story, and all parts were equally wonderful and well-developed. I will say, however, that I rarely read wilderness survival type stories but this was not your typical one in that genre and I absolutely loved this aspect of the book. I really loved this audiobook, so richly narrated with wonderful and distinctive characters (including the dog!) and was riveted to the audio from beginning to end. This is one of those occasions in which the wonderful narration definitely enhanced my experience of the book. But as always, Chevy Stevens’ beautiful prose shines, and her thoughtfulness places her a cut above the many more superficial stories in this genre. This is a really rewarding heartfelt story of female survival of violence, the human spirit, and the dog spirit. I really recommend this book, and especially the beautifully read audiobook, to all fans of the suspense genre, But know that it is more of a character-driven drama than your typical fast suspense tale. This is a story to be savored rather than raced through. I have always liked Chevy Stevens, but this is the book that made me a full-fledged fangirl. Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley, and the wonderful author for this exceptional reading experience.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kubica

    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! 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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Dark Roads is another enjoyable tale by Chevy Stevens. The story unfolds along the Cold Creek Highway. Over the years, multiple women have gone missing without a culprit ever being caught in this area of British Columbia. Hailey McBride is a seventeen-year-old girl. Her dad has recently passed away in an accident. Haley has moved in with her aunt and her husband. Her husband, Vaughn is a police officer. People called Vaughn the Iceman for a reason. He is mean and a bully and he wants to control Ha Dark Roads is another enjoyable tale by Chevy Stevens. The story unfolds along the Cold Creek Highway. Over the years, multiple women have gone missing without a culprit ever being caught in this area of British Columbia. Hailey McBride is a seventeen-year-old girl. Her dad has recently passed away in an accident. Haley has moved in with her aunt and her husband. Her husband, Vaughn is a police officer. People called Vaughn the Iceman for a reason. He is mean and a bully and he wants to control Hailey. Luckily, Haley has a good friend in Johnny who helps her out when she needs it. Hailey also meets Amber, a waitress at the local diner. She falls for her but then Hailey makes a discovery that causes her to run away. A year later, Beth, Amber's sister is in town. She wants to know what happened to Amber. She meets both, the Iceman and Johnnie and she will have to make her own choices and decide who she can trust. Unfortunately for Beth, the killer has her eyes set on her and she is running out of time. I liked Dark Roads. Yes, some areas were just too unbelievable for me but I was able to let it go and kept hoping for the best. I do think that Wolf stole this book. He was such a good boy 🐕 After reading this book, I do know that the one thing I won't ever do is to be around those 450 miles of the Highway of Tears. All those women have died and most have never been found or if found, their killers are running free. Cliffhanger: No 3/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brenda ~Traveling Sister is frustrated with GR

    I have some conflicting thoughts here with Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens. I enjoyed it as much as I didn't. I was drawn to the story because the fictional Cold Creek Highway is influenced by an actual highway stretching 724 km in BC where many women (mostly Indigenous) have disappeared or been found murdered called The Highway of tears. Chevy Stevens has written her own story here while creating a fictional highway, town, mountainous terrain, and campground by the lake similar to ones in BC, Canad I have some conflicting thoughts here with Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens. I enjoyed it as much as I didn't. I was drawn to the story because the fictional Cold Creek Highway is influenced by an actual highway stretching 724 km in BC where many women (mostly Indigenous) have disappeared or been found murdered called The Highway of tears. Chevy Stevens has written her own story here while creating a fictional highway, town, mountainous terrain, and campground by the lake similar to ones in BC, Canada. She does a fantastic job of bringing that all to life, and I enjoyed the story of survival created here. The story is broken into three parts, starting with Hailey, who calls Cold Creek home and has grown up with warnings and reminders to fear the Cold Creek Highway and never travel it alone. I loved the sense of dread, fear, and tension captured here with the isolated, rugged wilderness that becomes a prime hunting ground for a predator, the highway killer. Part Two focuses on Beth, who comes to Cold Creek searching for answers to what happened to her sister one night on Cold Creek Highway. Hailey and Beth are connected by their loyalties to the people they care about, and I enjoyed the dynamics there. In part three, Hailey and Beth's stories begin to merge as the tension and suspense increase and the action and danger pick up to the final showdown with the characters. While this was exciting and entertaining, it didn't go in the direction I was hoping for, and I didn't find it as convincing as I would of liked. This is where I am conflicted I thought Chevy Stevens created a complex, thrilling and entertaining thriller, but with using the backdrop as ambitious as The Highway of Tears I couldn't help wondering about the real-life lost souls of women, their stories, and the secrets the highway holds. I was left feeling disappointed and thought she could have done a better job creating a more emotional realistic story that centred around the lost women. However she does mentioned out of respect she wanted to created her own story. I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    Dark Roads follows the story of Hailey and Beth. Hailey has recently lost her father and finds herself living with her aunt who is newly married to Vaughn, the local police officer who gives everyone problems. Hailey wants to dug up some dirt on Vaughn, but what she finds might be more than she bargained for. A year later, Beth arrives in town searching for answers surrounding her sister's death. Will Beth find the answers that she is looking for? Dark Roads is a decently entertaining thriller tha Dark Roads follows the story of Hailey and Beth. Hailey has recently lost her father and finds herself living with her aunt who is newly married to Vaughn, the local police officer who gives everyone problems. Hailey wants to dug up some dirt on Vaughn, but what she finds might be more than she bargained for. A year later, Beth arrives in town searching for answers surrounding her sister's death. Will Beth find the answers that she is looking for? Dark Roads is a decently entertaining thriller that should have been about half of its length. Also, there was way too much talk about dirt bikes which was brought up a whopping 63 times in this book. The writing seemed a bit off at times meaning there were some sections that weren't even clear what had happened. That being said, Dark Roads had strong female characters, and I enjoyed that it didn't go down the typical romance path. The author was great, but this book would have benefited from a different editor. Overall, a fairly decent thriller which was page turning at moments but the writing needs to be cleaned up a bit more. *Thank you, NetGalley, for a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Hailey was raised in Cold Creek British Columbia. A quaint, picturesque mountain town known for its striking beauty. And oh yeah…it’s also notorious for a string of unsolved murders of local girls. After Hailey’s father dies, she’s taken in by her aunt and her husband, a long-serving member of the local police dept. Hailey can’t ignore the creepy, bad vibe she’s getting from him. So unsettling in fact, she’s starting to believe she may actually be safer taking to the wilderness rather than livin Hailey was raised in Cold Creek British Columbia. A quaint, picturesque mountain town known for its striking beauty. And oh yeah…it’s also notorious for a string of unsolved murders of local girls. After Hailey’s father dies, she’s taken in by her aunt and her husband, a long-serving member of the local police dept. Hailey can’t ignore the creepy, bad vibe she’s getting from him. So unsettling in fact, she’s starting to believe she may actually be safer taking to the wilderness rather than living under the same roof as him. I loved Hailey’s character. Such a courageous, strong young woman whose survival instincts were amazing. And adored her connection with her trusty dog Wolf. 🐶💖 Chevy Stevens creates a chilling and suspenseful read that’ll keep you engaged throughout. I was positive I had this one figured out (a few times in fact) only to be surprised by the end. Just the way I like it! Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I've been reading Chevy Stevens' books for over a decade now, and that feeling of picking up a new book by her never gets old. 🥰🥰🥰 *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. I've been reading Chevy Stevens' books for over a decade now, and that feeling of picking up a new book by her never gets old. 🥰🥰🥰 *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press by the ARC of Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens in return for my honest review. It was inspired by a series of horrific murders, mostly of Indigenous women, along a 450-mile highway that runs through the isolated northern wilderness in British Columbia. I have had the non-fiction book, Highway of Tears, sitting on my Kindle for quite some time, and now moving it up my list to be read soon. There was much to like in this book, and I believe it will be very pop Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press by the ARC of Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens in return for my honest review. It was inspired by a series of horrific murders, mostly of Indigenous women, along a 450-mile highway that runs through the isolated northern wilderness in British Columbia. I have had the non-fiction book, Highway of Tears, sitting on my Kindle for quite some time, and now moving it up my list to be read soon. There was much to like in this book, and I believe it will be very popular among most readers. I regret it wasn't a good fit for me, and I was never fully engaged. Despite the grim subject matter and some scenes of violence, much of it read like a YA novel and was not what I expected. The writing moved at a slow, steady pace but later picked up for some suspenseful, tense action scenes. The writing gave a vivid, atmospheric description of the rugged BC wilderness with its forests and rivers and the small isolated settlements along the highway. The scenes were visually compelling, and I thought the story could be adapted into a gripping movie. There were too many dirt bikes and motor vehicles needing repair that got tedious for those not mechanically minded. This was a character-driven book. The plot revolved around a 17-year-old girl, Hailey, who lives in Cold Creek, one of the small remote towns along the highway. Her father taught her survival skills in the forest, and she is very independent and resourceful. She is now orphaned and lives with her aunt and uncle. Her uncle, Vaughn, is a bully who kept her under strict control and constantly harassed her. As a policeman, he is feared by the town's young people. Hailey finds him creepy and discovers something about Vaughn that might put her life in danger. She decides to run away and survive in the forest. A friend, Jonny, helps her hide in the wooded mountains that her father loved. The people of Cold Creek now believe she is one of the victims of the Cold Creek killer. Shortly before Hailey vanished, she developed an intense friendship with Amber, a young waitress at the local diner. Amber is murdered, and her distraught sister Beth gives up her life in the city, intending to find Amber's killer. She takes a waitress job in the same diner where her dead sister worked. With the focus on these three young white women, very little is mentioned about most of the murdered and missing women being Indigenous, but they are remembered and mourned. Beth is little prepared for camping and hiking in the wilderness and makes many impulsive mistakes. She is drinking too much and taking medication to relieve her sorrows. During her ordeal in unfamiliar territory, her determination and bravery are revealed. Will she and Hailey find each other and work together to survive the mortal danger they are facing? There appears to be more than one person intent on making them disappear forever. Honourable mention goes to Wolf, a wonderful stray dog that connects with Hailey and Beth and is loved and protected by them, and he returns the favour. I believe most readers will find this an exciting book with some unexpected and surprising twists and reveals.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Chevy Stevens for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 8.3!** Atmospheric, authentic, and anxiety-provoking! It's a dark and eerie highway where the girls are lost forever... and Cold Creek warns its inhabitants to be on guard. Women are taken from the highway, with the criminal targeting First Nation women in particular, and this stretch of road has become synonymous with murder and unsolved cases, as the perpetrators have continued to s **Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Chevy Stevens for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 8.3!** Atmospheric, authentic, and anxiety-provoking! It's a dark and eerie highway where the girls are lost forever... and Cold Creek warns its inhabitants to be on guard. Women are taken from the highway, with the criminal targeting First Nation women in particular, and this stretch of road has become synonymous with murder and unsolved cases, as the perpetrators have continued to strike, never being brought to justice. Hailey knows she must exercise caution living in this area, and after tragically losing her father, she struggles to pick up the pieces and find solace at her uncle Vaughn's home. Unfortunately, this new environment not only proves to be far from comforting, but dangerous, as Hailey discovers policeman Vaughn has some pretty ugly secrets and perversions involving the women of Cold Creek...and an ever-present watchful eye on Hailey. When Hailey finds something resembling love with a waitress named Amber, she must work even harder to protect her best friend Jonny and Amber from Vaughn's dangerous proclivities....before this bad cop strikes yet again. The narrative then jumps forward a year in time, where Amber's sister Beth has left law school (but hasn't told her ultra-conservative parents) and arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial---Amber's memorial. What she finds is an opportunity to pull back the layers of mystery still shrouding these cases and her sister's untimely death, and she follows in her footsteps by taking a job at the local diner and getting close to Jonny, learning as much as she can about Amber's past and Hailey, by association. But as she is aware, the killer is out there--unchained, untethered, and looking for his next victim---and Beth fits the profile all too well. Can she and Jonny get to the bottom of this long-standing and terrifying chain of disappearances and murder before Cold Creek's cursed highway claims yet another innocent? I have been anxiously awaiting another novel from Chevy Stevens for oh, about 2 years now...and it's safe to say she put every ounce of time she could muster into researching and preparing for this novel. Her very poignant author's note details how Cold Creek is fictional, but is based in reality---and this novel hammers that point home. The best way I can describe reading it? This one is basically like an episode of Dateline brought to life...but from the victim's perspective. Chevy's attention to detail is second to none, and this one almost doesn't even feel like fiction, which is essentially what she was going for, so full marks in that respect! However, this hyper-focused attention to detail makes this book feel like a fairly long read, and it probably could've been cut down significantly to keep the pace moving at a bit more of a clip. While I could almost smell the forest air and hear the crackling of branches under my feet, this novel felt far more like a suspenseful survival story in many regards than a psychological thriller. There are a few twists here and they all serve the narrative well, but I think the strength of this novel is not so much in the plotting itself, but the characters and their fully developed world, particularly the charming and oh-so-lovable dog Wolf, who is destined to win the Canine of the Year award from the National Book Review (if they haven't started handing out this award yet...and let's face it, they should!) Honestly, this connection to character is what took this book up a notch for me and kept me engaged throughout...and the epilogue is SO phenomenal (and spooky!) I bumped up my rating on that alone! Chevy Stevens has done it yet again, and reminded all of us who she is through her beautiful and thought-provoking suspenseful writing--a dog lover, a proud inhabitant of British Columbia, an advocate for women....and most of all, a writer we have SORELY missed! 💗 4.5 ⭐, rounded up from 4 for the incredible epilogue!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    The blurb sounds like an 80's hitcher movie, but then you find out that it's based on actual events, and it's very sobering! For decades, people have been warned about the Cold Creek Highway. Hitchhikers have vanished along it over the years, and women have been known to have their cars break down - never be seen again. Hailey McBride an orphaned teen, whose father taught her to respect nature and how to live and survive off the land, ends up in the care of her aunt and her police officer husban The blurb sounds like an 80's hitcher movie, but then you find out that it's based on actual events, and it's very sobering! For decades, people have been warned about the Cold Creek Highway. Hitchhikers have vanished along it over the years, and women have been known to have their cars break down - never be seen again. Hailey McBride an orphaned teen, whose father taught her to respect nature and how to live and survive off the land, ends up in the care of her aunt and her police officer husband, who uses his badge as a means to bully and control Hailey. When Hailey disappears, everyone assumes she is just another victim of the Highway. A year later, Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the Highway victims of the highway, including her sister, Amber, who had been murdered the previous summer. When she gets a job at a local diner where Amber once worked, she connects with people who knew her sister. Beth wants to find who killed her sister and put her own life back together, but as she gets closer to the truth, she learns that there is more than one person lying in Cold Creek. I don't know that I would call this a thriller, as much as I would a cat-and-mouse game. It kept my interest, but it wasn't exactly a page-turner, and there were a few instances in the middle where it lost a bit of steam. That being said, another book with a great dog character, Wolf, that made the whole plot come alive for me. The POVs are told through Hailey, then Beth, and then the chapters switch back and forth toward the end. I do agree with those reviewers who said that with Hailey and Beth's voices, it had a bit of a YA tone to it overall, as I picked up on that as well. [Slight spoiler alert] I struggled at times with Hailey's storyline. I get that the woods in BC are thick and it's easy to disappear, but she was a bit too "present" i.e. at Johnny's, at crime scenes, etc., to have really stayed hidden from Vaughn. Not to mention, as much as Vaughn stalked Johnny, I feel like there is no way he wouldn't have known she was alive. The biggest plus though was that I didn't exactly figure things out, and the end actually took me by surprise. Overall, a super character-focused, atmospheric read that that keeps you guessing until the very end. This was my first introduction to Chevy Stevens, but I am already looking forward to more of her books in the future. Also, the Author's Note is a must-read, as Stevens reveals that this book is based on real events from the Highway of Tears in Northern British Columbia, and she lists resources for those needing help. Very moving and powerful Author's Note. 4 stars!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to Chevy Stevens, St. Martin's Press and Netgalley. This is a slow burn of a story. I usually hate that, but it took place in British Columbia. B.C. is one of my favorite places. So, I didn't take it too hard that I was kinda stuck there! The whole story was heartbreaking. Even the "big bad" was scary. I didn't know who it was, but I knew that I personally would have got the heck out of Dodge! I am slightly disappointed that this murderer on the highway killed white girls. As a white wom My thanks to Chevy Stevens, St. Martin's Press and Netgalley. This is a slow burn of a story. I usually hate that, but it took place in British Columbia. B.C. is one of my favorite places. So, I didn't take it too hard that I was kinda stuck there! The whole story was heartbreaking. Even the "big bad" was scary. I didn't know who it was, but I knew that I personally would have got the heck out of Dodge! I am slightly disappointed that this murderer on the highway killed white girls. As a white woman myself, I'm very aware of the fact that in Canada and the northern U.S, most of these females are Native Americans. I felt the focus should have been placed mostly on that. Just my opinion. I did really like the book, and I'll probably have to read more from this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    “Dark Roads” by Chevy Stevens is a story which enlightens readers to Canada’s Highway of Tears where there are 1,181 (some say it could be as high as 4,000) unresolved missing indigenous (First Nation) women since 1969. This is my first novel written by Ms. Stevens, and it won’t be my last. In this story, the road is called Cold Creek Highway in British Columbia. The story is character driven with Hailey McBride starting it off. She recently was orphaned and made to live with her aunt and very c “Dark Roads” by Chevy Stevens is a story which enlightens readers to Canada’s Highway of Tears where there are 1,181 (some say it could be as high as 4,000) unresolved missing indigenous (First Nation) women since 1969. This is my first novel written by Ms. Stevens, and it won’t be my last. In this story, the road is called Cold Creek Highway in British Columbia. The story is character driven with Hailey McBride starting it off. She recently was orphaned and made to live with her aunt and very creepy uncle, Vaughn, who is everyone’s idea of a crooked and control-freak cop. Hailey devises a way to runaway after finding some disturbing evidence that Vaughn is corrupt and she worries he will hurt her. After Hailey’s good friend Amber dies under suspicious circumstances on that road, Hailey goes into deep hiding. Enter Amber’s sister Beth. Beth comes to Cold Creek a year after her sister is found dead. Beth gets the same job waitressing Hailey had. Beth wants to uncover what really happened to Amber. The story is told from Beth and Hailey’s point of view. Stevens builds suspense through the two characters. She uses Vaughn well. There are so many crooked cops out there on power trips, that it’s easy for the reader to see how bad cops aggravate situations. What happened to Amber? Did Vaughn do it? Is he complicit in the highway deaths? We know he’s a bad cop, but just how bad? Who is killing these girls? I listened to the audio, narrated by Brittany Pressley, Isabella Star LaBlanc, and Angela Dawe. The narration is great. There is an author’s note at the end, which tells the reader about The Highway Of Tears. I appreciate stories that illuminate issues that I was not previously familiar.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Here’s a little confession. I broke up with Chevy Stevens for a bit because her books just weren’t doing it for me anymore. I still blame it all on the fact that Still Missing was just toooooooooo good and the others were probably fine if my brain didn’t insist on constantly comparing them to that one. Then I was over on the NetGalley because I need friends like these . . . . And this was a Read Now and if you are an addict you know it’s real hard not to click the button when pushers pub Here’s a little confession. I broke up with Chevy Stevens for a bit because her books just weren’t doing it for me anymore. I still blame it all on the fact that Still Missing was just toooooooooo good and the others were probably fine if my brain didn’t insist on constantly comparing them to that one. Then I was over on the NetGalley because I need friends like these . . . . And this was a Read Now and if you are an addict you know it’s real hard not to click the button when pushers publishers are just freaking handing out the drugs books. So I clicked the button and then I shamed myself for being an asshole who probably was going to look a literal gifthorse in the mouth and poop all over the party. But guess what???? Holy shit. What a page turner! As the opening gif indicates, Shady’s Chevy’s back. This was one of my favorite types of thrillers – the one where the whodunit doesn’t necessarily even matter because you are so interested in everything else going on with the characters. Yes, you do have to suspend disbelief a bit, but who gives an eff? That’s what fiction is for – especially stabby stabby thrillers about a potential serial killer : ) ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  29. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.5 don’t hitchhike stars - now available! Chevy Stevens has created the fictional town of Cold Creek and the Cold Creek Highway for the setting of this one. It’s based on the real Highway of Tears in British Columbia. Hundreds of miles of desolate highway where too many women have gone missing over the years. Women are warned not to hitchhike or travel alone on the highway or surrounding remote logging roads. This one starts out with an atmospheric prologue and then we meet our first character Ha 4.5 don’t hitchhike stars - now available! Chevy Stevens has created the fictional town of Cold Creek and the Cold Creek Highway for the setting of this one. It’s based on the real Highway of Tears in British Columbia. Hundreds of miles of desolate highway where too many women have gone missing over the years. Women are warned not to hitchhike or travel alone on the highway or surrounding remote logging roads. This one starts out with an atmospheric prologue and then we meet our first character Hailey, she’s grown up in Cold Creek. Tragically, her father died recently in a car crash and she’s now living with her aunt and uncle. Vaughn is a police officer and not liked around town for his strict adherence to the rules, bullying, and violence. Hailey bristles under his controlling ways and soon she escapes to the mountains where she spent lots of time with her dad. The next part of the book focuses on Beth, she is lost in grief. She’s come to Cold Creek one year after her sister was killed there. Beth gets a job at the same diner where her sister worked, and she feels like she’s being watched. Can Beth escape the fate of her sister and find the answers to who was behind her murder? This one has elements of wilderness survival that I really liked and a wonderful dog, Wolf. I thought the characters were well developed and I rooted for Hailey and Beth. It was well-paced. Don’t miss the author’s notes at the end. I will be looking for more books by this author! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the copy of this one through NetGalley.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Inspired by the Highway of Tears in Canada, Dark Roads is the fictional account of the Cold Creek Highway, over 500 miles long, in British Columbia. So many victims have gone missing. One such victim is Hailey. Exactly one year later, Beth arrives in Cold Creek, where her sister once lived and was murdered. She follows her sisters footsteps, searching for understanding. Her search puts her in danger. The creepy, sinister tone of the story starts early on. Someone dangerous is lurking in the shadow Inspired by the Highway of Tears in Canada, Dark Roads is the fictional account of the Cold Creek Highway, over 500 miles long, in British Columbia. So many victims have gone missing. One such victim is Hailey. Exactly one year later, Beth arrives in Cold Creek, where her sister once lived and was murdered. She follows her sisters footsteps, searching for understanding. Her search puts her in danger. The creepy, sinister tone of the story starts early on. Someone dangerous is lurking in the shadows. Dark Roads is an emotional and tense read, exactly how I like my thrillers. Stevens did an amazing job with the women’s voices. If you are looking for your next page-turning suspense novel, look no further. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

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