Three Weeks To Say Goodbye by C.J. Box

They’re so sorry…

They’ve made a terrible mistake…

There’s nothing they can do…

They have to take your daughter away…

You have three weeks to say goodbye.

Nine months after adopting their daughter, Jack and Melissa receive a phone call from the adoption agency, telling them that the baby’s father wants her back. They reveal that he never actually signed away his parental rights, and now he’s come forward, there is nothing they can do.

This makes for an interesting start to a book, and in the hands of different authors, I could imagine it taking many different paths. Three Weeks To Say Goodbye is a thriller, so instead of exploring the legal and emotional issues, it takes a different turn.

It appears that the baby’s father isn’t actually that interested, and it’s the grandfather who’s pushing for the child – and John Moreland is a well connected federal judge, who will stop at nothing to get his own way.

Most of the action, however, takes place outside the court. Jack realises that he can’t fight this the usual way, and so in his desperation, looks for alternatives. He’s helped by two loyal friends, and Cody soon became my favourite character.

For me, this made a welcome change to the usual crime thrillers – the main character isn’t a detective or policeman, but rather a travel development specialist! It shows the extremes a father could go to, although they are probably a little more violent than most would manage. There’s also a deeper story to uncover – the reason for Judge Moreland’s obsession is what makes this a thriller.

Recommended for crime fans looking for something a little different!

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