Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
Publishing: August 3, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press
Reason I chose to Read this Book: I was sent a widget by the publisher, and as I have enjoyed her other books, and this looked really good, it was a no-brainer! Did I mention Chevy is Canadian?
Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin’s Press, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Hailey McBride can no longer stand her living conditions. Her parents are gone, and she has to live with her Aunt and Uncle. She doesn’t like or trust her Uncle Vaughn. He may be a police sergeant, but his behaviour leaves a lot to be desired. Hailey decides to run away, and live on the mountain until she is of legal age to collect her inheritance.
For decades the Cold Creek Highway has known tragedy. Hitchhikers have disappeared and women have been found dead along its ditches. Most people assume that Hailey has become another victim of the highway.
Beth arrives in town to attend a memorial service for the victims of the highway. Her sister Amber was murdered last year, and had been Hailey’s love. Beth is not handling her sisters death well. She quit university, and is popping pills, and using alcohol to dull the pain. She gets a job at the same diner that Amber had worked, and connects with her sisters friends. She is determined to find out who killed her sister.
Although the author created a fictional town and plot, she based her idea on the Highway of Tears in Northern BC where so many young women (mostly Indigenous) have gone missing. Many bodies have been found, many have not. I’m not sure the Prologue or Epilogue (told from a ghost’s perspective) were really needed, but I guess it added to the overall reminder that these were real dead women we were talking about. However, it was a little mis-leading as I thought I was about to read a supernatural tale….which this is not.
Considering the above, the author really researched the topic, and the plot was very well-developed. The characters were deep enough, and the reader felt their pain and anguish. It was easy to hate Vaughn, and love Hailey and Beth. I absolutely loved Wolf!
The story was told from both Hailey and Beth’s perspectives. The pace was good, and it was a fast, entertaining read.
Bottom line, don’t hitchhike in BC.
Read: July, 2021
About The Author: CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. She started writing while she was in real estate, and hasn’t stopped. Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in more than thirty countries. Check out her website at: https://chevystevens.com/
*** Photo Credit – taken from GoodReads
I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3826450866
Have you read it? Do you plan to? Tell me your thoughts…do you agree or disagree with my assessment? Either way, I’d love to know.