So I recently finished reading Blue Heaven, a book by CJ Box.
I had never read any of his stuff before, so I thought this would be a good start. His books always seemed interesting to me, so I finally purchased one in April.
I don’t know if I’ll be buying any more though.
The plot of the book sounds exciting enough. Two kids witness a murder by four ex-cops. They run away, but the ex-cops are the ones in charge of finding them. The kids find refuge with a local cattle rancher, Jess Rawlins.
While the book starts off quickly enough, it starts to bog down in the middle. Then the action finally starts to heat up again near the end. But the actual ending leaves a lot to be desired.
In case you plan to read the book, I’m going to let you know the rest of this post is spoilers, so you’ve been forewarned.
First off, you never get the idea that most of the ex-cops are all that bad, except for two of them. The other seems to have doubts, but never does anything that leads to a resolution for him.
And as I was saying, the ending is very disappointing. I’m getting tired of books and movies not having happy endings. I realize they can’t all be happy, but it seems like lately they have sad endings to try and be different.
This book is a good example of this. At the end, Rawlins dies after a firefight. But after a while book about how he’s trying to save the farm, wants grandkids, wants to reconnect with his son, etc., it’s disappointing he doesn’t get the opportunity to do so.
Sad endings work at times. But with others, it doesn’t. This is one of them. The ending makes you feel like the rest of the book was a waste of time.