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…
From the beginning of Dark Roads, I was drawn into the story of missing girls and a police officer who is controlling his wife’s niece and is also seemingly following other girls.
When Hailey disappears, we get to follow her hiding out, with the help of her friend, and keeping her eye on the place she left behind.
Beth appears later, and we also watch her trying to figure out what happened to her sister…and realizing that Vaughn is someone to be wary of.
As the story moves along, I was surprised by the addition of another nefarious character who would turn out to be involved in the murders. A book I could not put down, this one earned 5 stars from me.
***My ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley