I received this book for free from Macmillan Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
Published by Minotaur Books on August 13, 2019
Source: Macmillan Audio
Narrator: Christina Delaine
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A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author.
Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm. Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nontheless managing...until an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonarate a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family.
Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out in the Big Sky Country of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against the ghosts of her own past that threaten to pull her back under.
Here is what I thought
First I want to say that I didn’t realize this was like #4 in a series. One of these days I will learn to look first! If you go to goodreads it’s Highway Quartet #5 or Cassie Dewell #4, so kind of confusing! I am not sure what to put for the series…lol.
That being said I didn’t really have a hard time getting into this story, though I do think I would have liked to know a bit more about Cassie which I am sure you learned about in previous stories. Cassie is a private investigator, who is a former cop, and she is called in by a friend Rachel to help her investigate the incident that her client is being accused of. It’s a sexual assault case involving the man’s teenage niece. She has accused him of raping her but he doesn’t remember anything and doesn’t think that he did it. He had been drinking but still says he was innocent. Cassie takes an instant dislike to him, especially after hearing the girls recording. She doesn’t want to help him at all, she is very bias and the man doesn’t make it easy to like him.
While she is looking into the case a lot of things start to happen which makes her start to believe that maybe something more is going on. It is about a wealthy family in the town and there are some family dynamics. Brent had went away to New York and some feel that he abandoned the family and they didn’t want him coming back and telling them what to do, etc. It’s a real messed up family.
Though I sort of had a feeling of where the storyline was going to go I had a lot of fun on the way to finding out if I was right or not. Cassie is a pretty hard-nosed PI which probably comes from being a cop. She doesn’t give up when everyone even Rachel wants her to quit before she gets herself killed. If she finds something out she has to follow it no matter where it takes her.
This was my first C.J. Box novel but I am going to be checking out more from him and I enjoyed my time with this one. If you like crime novels then you should give it a try and like I said above it can be read without having read the previous ones in the series.
First time listening to narrator Christina Delaine and I liked her.
Audio Rating: 4